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State of Virginia - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment

Updated on February 19, 2014
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How to Use this Lesson

Studying the states can be fun and rewarding. It’s a great way to learn a little history and a little geography. I’ve even included a pottery project to tie in a little art and creativity.

I’ve listed some fun facts about the state of Virginia. Then, there are step by step photos to help you make a simple clay project. Expand your study by reading a biography of someone famous born in the state. Make a recipe together. Learn the state song. The possibilities are endless! Above all, enjoy learning together with your child.

Virginia's State Flag

Virginia State Facts

State Abbreviation: VA

Capital: Richmond

State Nickname: Old Dominion

State Motto: “Sic Semper Tyrannis" (Thus Always to Tyrants)

State Song: “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia”

State Bird: Cardinal

State Tree: American Dogwood

State Flower: American Dogwood

State Insect: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Historic Courthouse Museum, Virginia

Some Famous People Born in Virginia

George Washington, 1st US President

Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President

James Madison, 4th US President

James Monroe, 5th US President

William Henry Harrison, 9th US President

John Tyler, 10th US President

Zachary Tyler, 12th US President

Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President

Sandra Bullock, Actress

Gabby Douglas, Olympian

Chris Brown, Musician

Ella Fitzgerald, Jazz Musician

Fun Facts About the State

Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.

Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

Six Presidents' wives were born in Virginia: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, Edith Wilson.

Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy.

Virginia is known as “the birthplace” of the nation.

The first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619.

Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee each have their own governments and city services. Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street.

Virginia is the home base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.

The states of Kentucky & West Virginia were formed from sections of the state of Virginia

The tricorne hat, known as a three cornered hat, was meant to act as an umbrella. The brim formed gutters that tilted rain away from the wearer’s face.

In honor of George Washington, we are going to sculpt a tricome hat.

Start with a chunk of clay.

Make it into a ball.

Push your thumb into the ball to start a pinch pot.

Pinch the edges to open the pot.

Turn the pot over and shape it into a triangle by pinching it.

You should work the clay until you get this shape.

Fold the edges up to make the "gutters" for the hat.

Now, you have a hat.

Make a worm.

Flatten the worm.

Use a skewer to draw markings to make the worm look like a feather.

Stick a feather in your cap. (Be sure to scratch and wet the clay.)

And call it macaroni!


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