Road Trip USA ~ Virginia

Hi and welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Virginia!

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Virginia became the 10th state on June 25, 1788, and was one of the original 13 colonies. It was nicknamed “The Old Dominion” referring to complete ownership of a particular piece of land or territory during Colonial times. Virginia’s Assateague Island is home to a group of wild ponies that claimed in legend to be survivors of a Spanish galleon that shipwrecked along the coast. The ponies were made famous by Marguerite Henry in her children’s book titled “Misty of Chincoteague”.

  • Located Virginia on our wall map
  • Read our National Geographic Atlas and located Richmond, VA using the map coordinates.
  • Worked on our 50 States and Capitals song
  • Learned about the state and it’s flag
  • State Bird: The Northern Cardinal
  • State Flower: The American Dogwood
  • State Dog: The American Foxhound
  • U.S. Presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, Woodrow Wilson
  • Learned about the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Took our own little neighborhood expedition and mapped our travels
  • Learned about Arlington National Cemetery
  • Food: Virginia honey glazed ham
  • Classified the animals of Virginia

 

Here is my long whiteboard with all of our Virginia state facts on it. Sorry for the glare, I ended up turning on my flash so you could see the whole board. It’s in a weird spot in our room and doesn’t get good light in photos. Fine in real life. Weird.

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Strawberry Shortcake added Virginia to our Trend USA Wall Poster.

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Turbo read some of Virginia state info and then found Richmond on the map using the coordinates provided.

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As we learned about the state facts, they all worked on their state worksheets.

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Meriwether Lewis (born in 1774 in Albermarle County, VA) and William Clark (born in 1770 in Caroline County, VA) lead a famous expedition to the Pacific ocean between 1804-1806. The goal was to find a “direct and practicable water communication across the continent for the purpose of commerce.” The expedition actually made a firm claim of “discovery” to the Pacific Northwest to compete with the British for control of land and the fur trade.

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After we learned about the Lewis & Clark expedition, we ventured out into our neighborhood for our own expedition.

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Unfortunately despite our good attitudes at the start of the voyage, it was bitter cold outside and we had to turn back quickly!

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Here is one of our maps. I think there’s a hidden treasure in there somewhere.

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Here is the Teeny Tot’s map. She seems to know what it is. No one else does. So I guess that’s a good thing.

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Arlington National Cemetery is located in Arlington County, VA and is a military cemetery in the US established during the American Civil War. Veterans and military casualties from each of the nation’s wars are interred in the cemetery. Originally part of George Washington’s estate, it has become one of the most important shrines that the U.S. maintains.

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Of course we did our favorite activity! Adding the Virginia animals to our US Animal Wall.

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Tinker Bell added Virginia to our US Bulletin display.

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Now, this activity is NOT, I repeat, NOT in the curriculum, but sometimes I think our kids have better ideas then we do! Turbo, being the boy that he is, took it upon himself to create some travel gear for his next expedition. I was happy to see Strawberry Shortcake helping to clothe him and she even made him a satchel to hold his arrows.

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I know, we’re officially homeschoolers now, in case we weren’t sure before. I think you can all see how proud Strawberry Shortcake is of her newly outfitted explorer.

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And I didn’t take pictures, but I’d just like to let you all know that over the course of the next few days, this simple bow & arrow turned into a double cross-bow with the capability to shoot 4 arrows at once. It was quite impressive if I do say so myself.

And in conclusion, we closed out our week by adding the Virginia state flag to our Travel Journal.

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And that wraps up our Virginia study! If you’d like to come along with us on our Road Trip USA journey, click the image below to learn more!

 

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7 Comments

  • Rachel E. March 30, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I just love your curriculum for the states. My kids are doing lapbooks for them individually. I wanted to buy your curriculum, but decided to hold off on it. I am not quite sure what I am doing yet for next year. I do want to say thanks for all the beautiful things you put together for those of us who don’t have the talent.

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  • Emily March 30, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Can I say- I just LOVE your blog so much!!!! We bought the Buck Denver dvds, we use the drawer system, we use ALL about Spelling and we’ve just started your “Greatest Artists” study- all because of you!! Thank you so much for blogging & sharing all your great ideas. 🙂
    We just had our 6th baby and I’m all out of creative ideas- it’s nice to know where I can find some.

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  • padma March 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

    your strawberry shortcake is just like her daddy.\\
    thanks for posting this.where di dyou get your magnetic map display where the kids add the state as you do each state?

    thanks
    Padma

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    • Erica March 31, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Hi, it’s not magnetic. I purchased two maps, and then laminated and cut one up into state pieces. I then put small Velcro dots on the whole map and the pieces so we can put them up. Instructions are in the curriculum :o)

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  • CharityHawkins@TheHomeschoolExperiment March 30, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Love the bow and arrow. Isn’t it amazing how many weapons they can invent? 🙂

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  • Noelle March 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I too am interested about the map. Did you buy two of them and then added the Velcro?

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  • Robert Short May 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Old Dominion refers to the fact that Virginia remained loyal to the British Crown during the English commonwealth.

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