Eight For Each State – Delaware

Welcome to the Eight For Each State US Geography tour. I am so glad you are joining us.

First state up is Delaware, or the First State is up! Delaware’s nickname is The First State, because they were the first ones to ratify the Constitution. Being one of the original 13 colonies, Delaware has a ton of history.

US Geography Delaware

We not only touched on the original settlers, but also learned more about the Lenape Indians. A great addition to building the Delaware Memorial Bridge was watching the original news footage from the dedication — talk about pomp and circumstance!

Enjoy these Eight Great US Geography Resources for Delaware

1. Hello U.S.A Delaware

We have nearly the entire set of these books and usually begin here. I love that they have just enough information to help Ruth fill out her notebooking pages.

These are great for the young elementary crowd. Look for the interesting fact pages in the back as well as fun places to visit, famous people, and even the state song.

2. Visit the 50 Sates – Delaware on Youtube 


A quick two-minute video that is a great introduction to the state. My girls wanted to watch all the rest of the states too! These videos are produced in alphabetical order and only go up to Maryland, so if you can’t find South Dakota, that is why.

3. When Washington Crossed the Delaware

This book is a great way to introduce a bit of history into your U.S. geography study. The pictures are gorgeous! The story is easy enough for young elementary children to understand and is short enough for a one-afternoon read aloud.

4. George Washington crossing the Delaware river on Youtube


A great History Channel style video on George Washington crossing the Delaware. Even my four-year-old, Benaiah was very interested. Although, he was just waiting for them to start shooting at each other. But, he DID enjoy it!

5. Build the Delaware Memorial Bridge

Confessions of a Homeschooler has an entire U.S. geography curriculum for purchase, but what I really like are her projects. There is not one for every state, but the one for Delaware is really cool!

US Geography Delaware Bridge

My girls LOVED making their bridge. I took a mostly hands off (a few engineering issues did arise) approach to this project, and it paid off. They had a great time making it and were very proud to show it to anyone who would listen to their spiel on Delaware Memorial Bridge facts.

Then we watched the Delaware Memorial Bridge Dedication on Youtube Part 1  (Part 2). Stay with me here. Yes, a 1951 news cast. This was a BIG deal! The Delaware Memorial bridge was at the time the sixth longest bridge in the world. And it is still the longest two span bridge!

I felt it was important to show the kids a little bit of the pomp and circumstance that went along with the great engineering feats of this time. We were proud. To be there in the crowd was a very exciting!

6. Lenape Indians

Ruth really wanted to learn more about the American Indians who lived in Delaware. Many of the books on this topic discussed the captives who were taken and lived with the Lenape. These are great books, but Ruth was not ready for them.

So instead, we used this website. Not the best as far as format, but great and thorough information. Ruth put together quite a nice little presentation for co-op with the information from this site.

If you have an older elementary or middle school child, I recommend The Light in the Forest and Dear America: Standing in the Light. Both great books for discussion of the ordeal the Lenape captives endured.

USA State Study Notebooking Pages

7. The Hagley Museum or the DuPont’s Mansion and Mills

Sarah Joan’s notebooking pages have lovely landmark pages. These have been so helpful. It can be very difficult for me to choose one landmark out of all the wonderful possible things to study. Having a landmark page choosen for me is fantastic!

Delaware has one for the Hagley Museum. Check out the Hagley Museum website. There is a great short video telling you all about the place.

 Delaware (Hello U.S.A.) When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots The Light in the Forest Dear America: Standing in the Light

8. Apple Dumplings!

I did say you could do this without food. But look at these Apple Dumplings. You know you want to do this.

Apple dumplings were made by the Quakers, who were some of the first to settle Delaware. The apples would be wrapped in a dough and boiled until done. Now most people bake them in the oven.

Here is our version:

  • 3 apples cut into fourths
  • Cinnamon
  • Crust for a one crust pie (Yes, pre-made is ok. I won’t judge. 😉 )

Sauce

  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. 1. Roll out dough and cut into 12 strips.
  2. 2. Wrap apple slices in dough strips and place in 9×13.
  3. 3. Combine sauce ingredients in small pan and bring to a light boil for 2 minutes.
  4. 4. Pour sauce over dumplings.
  5. 5. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  6. 6. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

US Geography Scrapbooking Pages

Create your very own scrapbook to record your travels through the United States. Each week we will be providing a new scrapbooking page for you to print and your student to complete.

US Geography Scrapbook Pages

Have you been to Delaware? (In real life or in a study like this one) What is your favorite site to see?

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  • These are such great resources! Thank you for putting them together for us.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! So glad you are finding them useful! We are certainly having fun!

  • Amanda says:

    I lived in DE until I went to college and still have family there. This will be great for when we travel back east with the kids. If you want to incorporate science, you could learn more about the state bird– the blue hen chicken! My husband still finds amusement at the fighting blue hen.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks for the suggestion! Actually, incorporating science is something I am trying to do more of in our study of the states. It could be a series all on its own! Does the Blue Hen fight? We didn’t come across much about it when we did Delaware.

      • Teresa says:

        Jessica, excerpt from The Great Book of States: During the Revolutionary war, soldiers from Delaware carried fighting roosters into battle. The fiercest roosters were the sons of a Blue Hen. The soldiers called themselves “Blue Hen’s Chickens.” As the soldiers would go into battle, they would chant: “We’re sons of the Blue Hen, and we’re game to the end!”

        • Jessica says:

          That is so interesting! Thanks for sharing! Wow! There is so much history to learn in our state study. The fighting blue hen is certainly one of the more interesting pieces I have heard.

  • Linda says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing these amazing and helpful resources! You have motivated, encouraged, and blessed me greatly! God bless you for your generosity.
    Blessings,
    Linda

  • […] This website is far from wiz-bang, but it is excellent on content. We used the same one back in our Delaware US Geography study for the Lenape Indian […]

  • Sarah says:

    Hi! I would love to incorporate in our curriculum next year. I tried to click on the notebooking page link, but it says the site is under construction. Do you by any chance have another resource that would be similar?

    • Jessica says:

      Yes, I think you could use the Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Sate of the Week pack. It is not as detailed, but we have enjoyed using it for my younger daughter.
      http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/us-state-study-week-weekly-series/?ap_id=tigerfamilyseller

      If you really like the other one, I would give them a call. I checked the website and there is a phone number you can call if you would like to order the state notebooking pages from the other folks. I do like theirs very much. To me it would be worth the phone call.

      Hope this helps!

  • Jenny Baker says:

    For those with limited space to heep crafts, how about making that bridge edible?

    You could use wafer stick cookies for the poles, skinny licorice rope for the chains, and some sort of flat cookie or fruit rollups (the long rectangle kind, not circle) as the road!

    Take pics, then eat it! No storage!

    • Jessica Lawton says:

      I love this idea! Thanks!

  • Patty Scott says:

    We have been using these resources for our study through the 50 states (with my 3rd grader) and I can’t thank you enough!! You did a lot of work and I’m grateful.

    • Jessica Lawton says:

      So glad you have been enjoying them! 3rd grade is about perfect for these!

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