Lesson 4: We learned about the Mid Atlantic States including: New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The land in the mid Atlantic states ranges from coastal
beaches, to woods to farmland. As a former resident of Central New York,
it was fun to teach my daughter about the big differences in geography in that state alone. While Central New York is filled with trees, the city is filled with people. In the north are the Adirondack Mountains, the Catskill Mountains are in the south and the middle is filled with long skinny lakes with waterfalls at the south end of each one. The Finger Lakes are ideal for summer camping trips and are known for their wineries. Great Lakes Ontario and Erie both make up boarders of New York State, and the Erie Canal once was a major thoroughfare which crossed the state.
The following picture books are nice for introducing children to the Mid-Atlantic States.
How Pizza Came to Queens is a fictional tale set in the big city.
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge are two structures greatly personified in this story. The lighthouse was a prominent building until the Brooklyn Bridge dwarfed her.
In Mirette on the High Wire, Mirette learns to walk on a tightrope from the famous Henry Bellini who crossed Niagara Falls.
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra - Duke Ellington was a famous jazz musician who played in New York City. This well written picture book biography tells the story of his life.
Amish Home paints a very different picture of life in the Mid-Atlantic States as the non-fiction book brings the reader into the life of the Amish people who live throughout Pennsylvania and the mid-west.
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