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The State of New Jersey

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of New Jersey
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of New Jersey

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The State of New Jersey

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: The Delaware Native American lived in new Jersey for over 10,000 years. In 1524, Giovanni de Verrazano was the first European to explore the coast of New Jersey off Sandy Hook. In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed through the Newark Bay and claimed the land for the Dutch as New Netherlands. The Dutch, Swedes, and Finns were the first European settlers in small trading colonies in Hoboken and Jersey City. In 1660, bergen became the first permanent settlement. In 1664, the British took control of New Netherlands. They divided the land between Sir George Carteret (east) and Lord John Berkley (west), and renamed it "New Jersey" for the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel where Carteret was born and became governor. Before the Revolution, one-third were Patriots, one-third were Loyalists, and one-third were neutral. In 1776, New Jersey declared itself independent and joined the colonial side of the Revolutionary War. More battles were fought over 100 battles in New Jersey, more than in any other state. Washington's Battle of Trenton and subsequent Battle of Princeton marked the turning point of the Revolution. In 1787, New Jersey was the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.
  • Statehood: 3rd State - December 18, 1787
  • Name Origin: Named for the island of Jersey in the English Channel.
  • Size: 8,722 sq. miles (#47 of 50 states)
  • Population: 8,899,339 (#11 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Trenton
  • Border States: Delaware; New York; Pennsylvania
  • Presidents Born in the State: Grover Cleveland
  • Agriculture Exports: Horses; Dairy Products; Eggs; Greenhouse and Nursery Products (Roses, chrysanthemums, geraniums, lilies, orchids, poinsettias, grass sod, holly, juniper); Asparagus; Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Endive, Lettuce; Spinach; Cabbage, Snap Peas; Corn; Blueberries; Cranberries; Apples; Peaches; Strawberries
  • Industry: Biopharmaceuticals; Transportation; Manufacturing (Chemical, Metal, Machinery); Health Care; Technology
  • Attractions: Atlantic City and the Boardwalk; Old Victorian Cape May; Thomas Edison National Historical Park; Grounds for Sculpture; Princeton and the Battlefield State Park; Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; Paterson Great Falls; Battleship New Jersey; High Point State Park on the Appalachian Trail; Liberty Science Center; Long Beach Island; Pocono Mountain Ski Resorts
  • Colleges and Universities: Princeton University; Rutgers University; The College of New Jersey; Kean University; Rowan University; Montclair State University; Seton Hall University; Fairleigh Dickinson University; William Patterson University; Ramapo College; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rider University
  • Professional Sports: New Jersey Devils (NHL); New Jersey Nets (NBA); MetroStars (MLS)
  • Flag: A yellow flag with the state coat of arms in the center. The shield has three plows with a horse's head and the goddesses of Liberty and Agriculture. Below, a blue ribbon reads "1776" and "Liberty and Prosperity." It was adopted in 1896.
  • Flower: Violet
  • Tree: Northern Red Oak
  • Animal: The Horse
  • Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • Nickname: The Garden State
  • Motto: "Liberty and Prosperity"
  • Song:"I'm From New Jersey" by Red Mascara

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about New Jersey (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is New Jersey most well known for?
  • What states does New Jersey border?
  • Does New Jersey have oceans and/or mountains?
  • What is the climate in New Jersey?
  • What would you like to know about New Jersey?
  • How could you learn more about New Jersey?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the New Jersey state flag and/or a map of New Jersey that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in New Jersey.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from New Jersey.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of New Jersey's state history.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to analyze the lyrics of a New Jersey song.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did New Jersey become a state?
  • What are the main components of New Jersey's economy?
  • Why is New Jersey important to the United States?
  • What makes New Jersey unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is New Jersey most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of New Jersey 1 State Fun Facts

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Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: The Delaware Native American lived in new Jersey for over 10,000 years. In 1524, Giovanni de Verrazano was the first European to explore the coast of New Jersey off Sandy Hook. In 1609, Henry Hudson sailed through the Newark Bay and claimed the land for the Dutch as New Netherlands. The Dutch, Swedes, and Finns were the first European settlers in small trading colonies in Hoboken and Jersey City. In 1660, bergen became the first permanent settlement. In 1664, the British took control of New Netherlands. They divided the land between Sir George Carteret (east) and Lord John Berkley (west), and renamed it "New Jersey" for the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel where Carteret was born and became governor. Before the Revolution, one-third were Patriots, one-third were Loyalists, and one-third were neutral. In 1776, New Jersey declared itself independent and joined the colonial side of the Revolutionary War. More battles were fought over 100 battles in New Jersey, more than in any other state. Washington's Battle of Trenton and subsequent Battle of Princeton marked the turning point of the Revolution. In 1787, New Jersey was the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.
  • Statehood: 3rd State - December 18, 1787
  • Name Origin: Named for the island of Jersey in the English Channel.
  • Size: 8,722 sq. miles (#47 of 50 states)
  • Population: 8,899,339 (#11 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Trenton
  • Border States: Delaware; New York; Pennsylvania
  • Presidents Born in the State: Grover Cleveland
  • Flag: A yellow flag with the state coat of arms in the center. The shield has three plows with a horse's head and the goddesses of Liberty and Agriculture. Below, a blue ribbon reads "1776" and "Liberty and Prosperity." It was adopted in 1896.
  • Flower: Violet
  • Tree: Northern Red Oak
  • Animal: The Horse
  • Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
  • Nickname: The Garden State
  • Motto: "Liberty and Prosperity"
  • Song:"I'm From New Jersey" by Red Mascara

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four fun facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of New Jersey 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project.

  • Agriculture Products: Horses; Dairy Products; Eggs; Greenhouse and Nursery Products (Roses, chrysanthemums, geraniums, lilies, orchids, poinsettias, grass sod, holly, juniper); Asparagus; Bell Peppers, Eggplant, Endive, Lettuce; Spinach; Cabbage, Snap Peas; Corn; Blueberries; Cranberries; Apples; Peaches; Strawberries
  • Industry: Biopharmaceuticals; Transportation; Manufacturing (Chemical, Metal, Machinery); Health Care; Technology

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of New Jersey 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project.

  • Attractions: Atlantic City and the Boardwalk; Old Victorian Cape May; Thomas Edison National Historical Park; Grounds for Sculpture; Princeton and the Battlefield State Park; Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; Paterson Great Falls; Battleship New Jersey; High Point State Park on the Appalachian Trail; Liberty Science Center; Long Beach Island; Pocono Mountain Ski Resorts
  • Colleges and Universities: Princeton University; Rutgers University; The College of New Jersey; Kean University; Rowan University; Montclair State University; Seton Hall University; Fairleigh Dickinson University; William Patterson University; Ramapo College; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rider University
  • Professional Sports: New Jersey Devils (NHL); New Jersey Nets (NBA); MetroStars (MLS)

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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