New Jersey Lessons

Since its creation in 1664, New Jersey has played an instrumental role in the establishment of our country, serving as the location of more military engagements than any other colony during the American Revolution, and becoming the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. The Industrial Revolution had its roots in New Jersey, and our state has been the home of innovators such as John Stevens, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. With support from the New Jersey Historical Commission, lessons about the history, people and historic sites in New Jersey have been developed to celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey in 2014--and for the future.

New Jersey may be the butt of jokes but as Bruce Springstein explains: Jerseyans “bear the coolness of the forever uncool. . . .This is not our curse. It is our blessing.” Stand proud, and put a little New Jersey in your classroom! We have so much history to be proud of in New Jersey and so much to learn from exploring it.

In celebration of the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Jersey in 1664, we offer this legacy of New Jersey Classroom Lessons. Many of the lessons below are really units with 3-5 separate lessons.Teachers may be interested in using some or all of the materials or adapting them to fit their needs. There are more to come. Those topics listed without links have not yet been completed but will be available soon. Powerpoints for each lesson will also be available. If you have a lesson that you would like to share, send it to Arlene Gardner at


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NJ Quiz