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New Jersey Education Resources

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New Jersey Teaching Resources
Resources for teaching about New Jersey, selected from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library. This list includes textbooks, teaching aids and children's literature.
Grades: K - 12

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Celebrate New Jersey
Celebrate NJ! is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the best of New Jersey. Coordinated by Karen Hatcher, Celebrate NJ supports a Fourth Grade Program (online newspaper), Middle School STEP (Science, Technology and Environment Program), and Classroom Connections (a letter writing program for grades 3-5).
Grades: 3 - 8
New Jersey Agricultural Society
The mission of the New Jersey Agricultural Society is "to preserve and enhance agriculture, farming and related activities and businesses in New Jersey through educational, informational, and promotional programs." The Learning Through Gardening link provides lesson plan and teaching activities about agriculture, weather and other science topics.
Grades: 2 - 6
New Jersey Digital Highway
Your "one stop shop" for New Jersey history and culture, from the collections of NJ libraries, museums, archives and historical societies. It provides primary sources such as photographs, documents, and maps from the American Revolution, Civil War, Cold War and in social protest during the 1960's and 70's.
Grades: 6 - 12
New Jersey Historical Commission
Print and online publications, materials for teachers, links to New Jersey museums and historical societies and related websites.
Grades: K - 12
New Jersey History Kids
Multimedia clips and accompanying teaching materials focus on 11 New Jersey locations to teach children from grades K-4 about the geography and history of the state. The Lenape Indians, American Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Underground Railroad, Thomas Edison, farming, the Pinelands and the shore are introduced through this website.
Grades: K - 4
New Jersey History Partnership
A collaboration of the Montville Township school district, Kean University, and the New Jersey Historical Commission, and funded by a grant from the Teaching American History Program, this website provides units about the American Revolution, the Market Revolution and the Progressive Era. The units are web-based and interactive and use primary source materials.
Grades: 6 - 12
New Jersey Legislature's Kids' Page
"How does a bill become a law?" and "What is the legislature?" are two of the questions answered here. Includes state symbols and puzzle pages.
Grades: 4 - 12
New Jersey Women's History
Facts, images, documents and sample lesson plans are included in this web site designed by the Women's Project of New Jersey in collaboration with Rutgers University Libraries and the Alice Paul Institute.
Grades: 3 - 12

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New Jersey 350: Innovation, Diversity, Liberty
Celebrate NJ's 350 anniversary! This website lists events, resources and contests. A blog provides insights into NJ history. Teaching resources are included. Also includes a list of "101 Great New Jersey Books."
Grades: 4 - 12

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Other Resources

HangOut NJ
New Jersey history, government, facts and famous people taught through comics, games and other interactive activities. Created by the NJ Office of Information Technology and the NJ Department of Education for elementary students.
Grades: 1 - 6
Indian King Tavern Museum
The Indian King Tavern in Haddonfield, NJ played a significant role during the American Revolution. The website of this historic inn relates the history of Haddonfield and of the tavern, as well as information about tours and other activities.
Grades: 4 - 8
New Jersey Division of Archives & Records Management
The Division of Archives and Records Management operates the State Archives, the official repository for the study of New Jersey history and genealogy, and the State Records Storage Center. It includes records from nearly three hundred years of New Jersey history, including documents, maps, photographs and other records, many of them in digital format.
Grades: 6 - 12
New Jersey Legislature
Find information about bills, statutes, districts, legislators and the New Jersey legislature. View or listen to live proceedings. The Kids Page answers questions about the law-making process and includes state symbols and puzzle pages.
Grades: 9 - 12

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