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Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region. See the fact file below for more information about Pennsylvania or download the comprehensive worksheet pack which can be utilised within the classroom or home environment.
- The territory of Pennsylvania was under the royal grant of King Charles II given to William Penn in 1681 after early settlements by the Swedish and the Dutch. He signed a treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians along with the establishment of Germantown inhabitant by the German migrants.
- By early 1800s, Penn recognized religious freedom and tolerance following the first Catholic congregation in Philadelphia. In 1744, Benjamin Franklin began his kite experiment making the difference in the field of electricity. He also became the first postmaster general after the Second Continental Congress in 1775 along George Washington as the supreme commander. The Committee of Five was established to draft the declaration of independence that was later signed in Philadelphia. While in 1780, Pennsylvania abolished slavery first among the states. After seven years, the constitution was ratified. James Buchanan became the first and only US president from Pennsylvania in 1857.
- During the 1900s, Pennsylvania faced disasters due to the major explosion in Cheswick, race demonstration riots in Philadelphia, Marianna coal explosion, Oakdale chemical factory explosion, influenza epidemic that killed thousands of people, Firedamp coal explosion in Mather, Legionnaire’s disease, oil tank collapsed that caused oil spilling in Monongahela River, and many more.
- Today, Pennsylvania is the home of 12,702,379 people inhabiting the 46,055 sq. miles total land area. The commonwealth is known for it professional sports team and famous citizens in the field of sports, politics, and arts. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Altoona, and Harrisburg are some of its major cities. Its notable citizens are Robert Peary (explorer), Mary Roberts Rinehart (author), Betsy Ross (flag maker), James Buchanan (U.S. President), Louisa May Alcott (author), Daniel Boone (frontiersman), Alexander Calder (sculptor), Bill Cosby (actor), Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey (band leaders), Stephen Foster (composer), Lee Iacocca (auto executive), Reggie Jackson (baseball player), Tara Lipinski (figure skater), Arnold Palmer (golfer), Grace Kelly (actress, Princess of Monaco), and Kobe Bryant (sportsman)
Key Statistical Information On Pennsylvania
Became a State
middle Atlantic United States
46,055 sq. miles (33rd)
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Lancaster, Altoona, Harrisburg
coal, mushrooms, Christmas trees, layer chickens, nursery, sod, milk, corn for silage, grapes, horses, wine
variety of climate, humid continental to humid subtropical – warm to markedly colder as state straddles two major climate zones
averages 40 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball)
Philadelphia Eagles (National Football League)
Pittsburgh Steelers (National Football League)
Philadelphia 76es (National Basketball Association)
Philadelphia Flyers (National Hockey League)
Pittsburgh Penguins (National Hockey League)
Lake Erie, Allegheny River, Susquehanna River, Delaware river, Ohio River
Most Famous Citizens
Robert Peary (explorer)
Mary Roberts Rinehart (author)
Betsy Ross (flag maker)
James Buchanan (U.S. President)
Louisa May Alcott (author)
Daniel Boone (frontiersman)
Alexander Calder (sculptor)
Bill Cosby (actor)
Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey (band leaders)
Stephen Foster (composer)
Lee Iacocca (auto executive)
Reggie Jackson (baseball player)
Tara Lipinski (figure skater)
Arnold Palmer (golfer)
Grace Kelly (actress, Princess of Monaco)
Bird – Ruffed Grouse
Flower – Mountain Laurel
Animal – White-tailed Deer
Tree – Eastern Hemlock
Insect – Firefly
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Pennsylvania Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, of which is a U.S. state that is located in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, and the Great Lakes region.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Pennsylvania Facts
- The Keystone State
- Who am I?
- Pennsylvania Quiz
- State Symbols
- Betsy Ross
- The Gettysburg Address
- Sports Superstars
- Great Minds, Great Inventors
- Picture Analysis
- Benjamin Franklin
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