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All About Pennsylvania

by Mary Ann Kelley

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

High Flyers Pigeon Racing

Pigeon racing is a two-hundred-year-old sport starring specially-trained winged athletes (known as racing pigeons) that are released from far-off locations and race back to their home lofts. Website offers games, activities, worksheets, and information about pigeons. Author visits and racing demonstrations available for those in Eastern PA.

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

H.I.P. Pocket Change Coin Coloring sheet - Pennsylvania

Created by the U.S.Mint

Pennsylvania Virtual Field Trips

Tom Ridge Environmental Center - Presque IslePresque Isle

Virtual field trip online The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational center at heart, dedicated to teaching visitors about the unique 3,200 acres of Presque Isle and the many different forms of life that inhabit the peninsula. TREC also serves as a center for research, contributing to conservation efforts and promoting environmental awareness, helping to preserve the unparalleled beauty of Presque Isle, the site of Pennsylvania's only seashore.

More Pennsylvania field trips ...

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