Sequence of Show
Students will learn about the history of their specific
hometown: the origin of its name, the town founders, and
the industries it thrived on.
Story Telling. A fascinating and true Revolutionary War
Story is presented featuring New Jersey resident & war
hero John Honeyman, who collaborates with General George
Washington to spy for the Colonies. This collaboration culminates
with Washington’s “Crossing of the Delaware,”
and the critical defeat of the British on Christmas Day,
1776. (complete with costumes and audio enhancements)
Video Show. Content includes: Maps of New Jersey focusing
on geology, geography, natural habitats, and important cities;
ALSO: the Lenni Lenape; early immigration and cultural diversity;
important industries; professional sports teams; state government;
state symbols; and famous New Jersey residents.
Game Show. Two groups of pre-selected student volunteers
will compete to answer questions taken from the video-lesson
they have just seen, as well as additional material about
New Jersey. Questions will be based on students’ grade
level, as well as their progress through the New Jersey
unit (to be determined by our school contact).
"SWEET HOME NEW JERSEY" References:
Cherry Hill: Karen Greco-Magosin, Parent, Christ
the King, 856-354-0116 (grades 3-6)
Erial: Fred Johnson, Asst. Principal JW Lilley Elementary
Haddon Heights: Felicia Ferri, Teacher, St. Rose School,
Pine Hill: Karen Vitolo, Teacher, Albert Bean School, 856-783-4107
Trenton: Liza Westerman, Teacher, George Wilson Elementary
Turnersville: Colleen Marino, Parent, Hurffville Elementary,
Goals and Objectives
To inspire students toward a sense of pride for their home
To familiarize students with the backgrounds of New Jersey
from the Lenni Lenape through our current diverse population
To acquaint students with the use of maps while learning
about the geological zones throughout the state, about the
variety of natural habitats, and about the major cities.
To teach the students the basics about their hometown:
the origin of the town’s name, the reason for the
town's existence, the town's earliest industries, and its
Students will learn about NJ state government, state symbols,
and sports teams.
Students will understand New Jersey's role in the American
Revolution through the presentation of a story about Washington’s
Crossing of the Delaware.
Through large-screen video, and a game show format, the
students will learn about famous New Jersey scientists,
sports figures, and musicians
EXPLORING NEW JERSEY: Classroom activities to be used before
and after the Sweet Home New Jersey assembly program.
Students will explore their town's name: does it derive
from an early citizen, an industry, a natural resource,
or is it something else? What was so important about that
resident or resource that the town took on that name?
Using a state map, students will identify 3 places that
they have visited in New Jersey. Why did they go and what
roads did they use to get there?
Ask them to make a list of things they remember: the weather,
memorable experience, a stadium, a soda shop?, anything
Furnish the students with a map of their county and all
the adjacent counties. Using a local newspaper, have the
students identify an event that took place in each of their
neighboring counties. Have them name the town.
Ask the students to list all the natural habitats in New
Jersey. Have them identify the area of the state where that
habitat might be found.
Ask the students: if they had to act as a tour-guide of
New Jersey, and they had to show the state to an Eskimo
from Alaska, what are 5 places that they would want the
Eskimo to visit?
Ask the students to find as many songs with the word New
Jersey in it as they can. Winner of the contest is considered
'Governor for the Day.'
(Consider playing some of the music in class)
Furnish the students with a US map and a world map. Have
the students cut out New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Alaska,
and then compare their sizes, side to side. If possible
cut out foreign countries drawn to the same scale as the
states, and have the students compare NJ to the size of
England, Israel, etcetera.