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All About Pennsylvania

State Facts

Pennsylvania was the 2nd state to join the union. It became a state on December 12, 1787.

State facts about Pennsylvania

Capital - Harrisburg

Abbreviation - PA

Nickname - Keystone State

Motto - "Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"

Song - Pennsylvania

Bird - Ruffed Grouse

Flower - Mountain Laurel

Insect - Ladybug (Ladybird Beetle) and Firefly

Area - approximately 46,058 square miles

Websites for studying about Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Pennsylvania

A to Z Kids Stuff - Pennsylvania

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - Pennsylvania

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Pennsylvania

Mr. - Pennsylvania

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Pennsylvania resources.

Explore the States - Pennsylvania

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - Pennsylvania

Facts & Trivia about Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Pennsylvania

Awesome America - Pennsylvania

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Map/Quiz Printout

Pennsylvania State Quarters Coloring Pages

In 1999, the United States Mint began striking a new quarter about every ten weeks to honor one of the 50 states—that is, five new quarters every year—until the program ended. The quarters were struck in the same order as the states' birthdays.

Pennsylvania Virtual Field Trips

Gettysburg National Military Park Virtual Tour of the battlefieldGettysburg

Virtual field trip onlineThis Virtual Tour is led by Christopher Gwinn, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Gettysburg National Military Park. The Virtual Tour is built around each of the sixteen Auto Tour stops and provides a comprehensive and immersive experience of the Battle of Gettysburg. Best of all, you can visit the battlefield anytime and from anywhere! Experience the battlefield from home or take us along when your visit brings you to the hallowed ground of Gettysburg itself.

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