The Dutch settlers who arrived in the area in 1624 referred initially to the area that is now New York as New Amsterdam. That name was changed to New York, in honor of the Duke of York, when Britain took control in 1664.
After the American Revolution, New York became the 11th state admitted to the Union on July 26, 1788.
Initially, New York was the capital of the new United States. George Washington was sworn in as the first president there on April 30, 1789.
When most people think of New York, they think of the hustle and bustle of New York City, but the state features diverse geography. It is the only U.S. state to have borders on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes.
The state includes three major mountain ranges: the Appalachian, the Catskills, and the Adirondack. New York's geography also consists of heavily forested areas, many lakes, and the massive Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls that combine to dump 750,000 gallons of water per second into the Niagara River.
One of the best-known icons of New York is the Statue of Liberty. The statue was presented to the United States by France on July 4, 1884. It wasn't fully assembled on Ellis Island and dedicated until October 28, 1886.
The statue stands over 151 feet tall. Sculptor Frederic Bartholdi designed the figure and engineer Gustave Eiffel, known for constructing the Eiffel Tower, built it. Lady Liberty represents liberty and freedom. She holds a torch representing freedom in her right hand and a tablet inscribed with the date July 4, 1776, and representing the U.S. Constitution in her left.
Use the following free printables to help your students learn more about the Empire State.01of 10
New York Vocabulary
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Use this New York vocabulary sheet to kick off your study of the state. Use an atlas, the Internet, or a reference book to look up each of these terms to see how they relate to the state of New York. Write the name of each on the blank line next to its correct description.02of 10
New York Wordsearch
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Review terms related to New York with this word search puzzle. Each word from the word bank can be found hidden in the puzzle.03of 10
New York Crossword Puzzle
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See how well your students remember the people and places associated with New York using this fun crossword puzzle. Each clue describes someone or some place related to the state.04of 10
New York Challenge
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The New York challenge page can be used as s simple quiz to see how much your students remember about New York.05of 10
New York Alphabet Activity
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In this activity, students can practice their alphabetizing and thinking skills by writing each term related to New York in correct alphabetical order.06of 10
New York Draw and Write
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Students can get creative with this Draw and Write page. They should draw a picture depicting something they've learned about New York. Then, use the blank lines to write about their drawing.07of 10
New York State Bird and Flower Coloring Page
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The beautiful eastern bluebird is New York's state bird. This medium-sized song bird has a blue head, wings, and tail with a red-orange breast and white lower body near its feet.
The state flower is the rose. Roses grow in a wide variety of colors.08of 10
New York Coloring Page - Sugar Maple
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New York's state tree is the sugar maple. The maple tree is best known for its helicopter seeds, which fall to the ground spinning like the blades of a helicopter, and the syrup or sugar which is made from its sap.09of 10
New York Coloring Page - State Seal
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The Great Seal of New York was adopted in 1882. The state motto, Excelsior, which means Ever Upward, is on a silver scroll below the shield.10of 10
New York State Outline Map
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Students should complete this outline map of New York by marking the state capital, major cities and waterways, and other state attractions and landmarks.
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