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What Makes Virginia Amazing?

Updated on December 10, 2016
Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg | Source

Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbook pages, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about Virginia? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Virginia, look no further! This is part of a series of pages I created while teaching about the fifty states. You can find the links for my pages for each of the 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .

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Thomas Jefferson Reenactment in Colonial Williamsburg by Larry Pieniazek
Thomas Jefferson Reenactment in Colonial Williamsburg by Larry Pieniazek | Source

What Makes This State Special: Colonial Williamsburg

Filled with plenty of historical reenactors and both reconstructed and original buildings from the Colonial period, Colonial Williamsburg is the place to visit for anyone wishing to learn about life during the Colonial period. It is one of the most popular attractions in the state.

Felicity's Tour of Williamsburg, Virginia

Arlington National Cemetery by Ingfbruno
Arlington National Cemetery by Ingfbruno | Source

What Makes This State Special: Arlington National Cemetery

Starting during the American Civil War, the Arlington National Cemetery has been a prominent place for military burial. It was built on the site of Robert E. Lee's home as he presided over the Confederate army. Today the cemetery has over 3 million visitors each year.

Arlington National Cemetery - America's Most Hallowed Ground

Changing of the Guard - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Pentagon
The Pentagon | Source

What Makes This State Special: The Pentagon

One of the world's largest office buildings is the Pentagon, which is located in Arlington. It is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and has over 26,000 employees.

The Pentagon, Washington

Image credit: http://www.banders.com/stateofmine/overview/presidents.asp
Image credit: http://www.banders.com/stateofmine/overview/presidents.asp

What Makes This State Special: "The Mother of America"

Virginia has been called "the Mother of America" and "the Mother of Presidents" because America's 1st permanent English settlement was Jamestown, America's 1st democratically elected legislature was the House of Burgesses, and 8 of the Presidents were born in Virginia.

USS John F. Kennedy arriving at Naval Station Norfolk
USS John F. Kennedy arriving at Naval Station Norfolk | Source

What Makes This State Special: The Largest Naval Base in America

The Norfolk Naval Base is that largest Naval Base in America. Its pier is seven miles long and it takes up four miles of waterfront space. It supports 75 ships and 134 aircraft and has the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. In addition to having the largest naval base, Virginia is a major shipbuilding center.

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What Makes This State Special: The Wild Horses of Assateague Island

Assateague Island is a popular tourist destination at which visitors can view its many wild horses. The island is co-owned by Maryland, which owns 2/3 of the island, and Virginia, which owns the 1/3 of the island that makes up Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Once a year some of the horses are rounded up and auctioned off on Pony Penning Day. This was described in the chapter book Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry.

Assateague Island from Chincoteague

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel | Source

What Makes This State Special: The World's Largest Bridge-Tunnel

Spanning 23 miles, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex. It crosses the Chesapeake Bay from Virginia Beach to the Hampton Roads area.

Virginia's State Quarter
Virginia's State Quarter | Source

Virginia's State Flag and State Quarter

Virginia's state flag was adopted to look nothing like the British flag. Because of their admiration of the Ancient Roman Republic, they chose a design that included a figure from Roman mythology, Virtus, a sign of peace. She is stepping on Tyranny, whose crown has fallen off, which represents Great Britain.

Virginia's state quarter features the 3 English Virginia Company ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, which delivered colonists to America's first successful colony, Jamestown in 1607.

Our Favorite Children's Books on Virginia

Our Favorite Board Book for Babies, Toddlers, or Preschoolers

Good Night Virginia (Good Night Our World)
Good Night Virginia (Good Night Our World)

We love this board book series that goes through the highlights of each state. Every page has one sentence and the illustrations are perfect for young listeners. This book on Virginia includes the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Chesapeake Bay Bridge and many more locations.

 

Our Favorite Picture Books on Virginia

O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
O is for Old Dominion: A Virginia Alphabet (Discover America State by State)

There are so many children's books on individual states. We sorted through quite a number of them before concluding that this series on individual states is the absolute best for my family, with children of multiple ages.

 
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Celebrating Virginia and Washington, D.C.: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Marion Dane Bauer - Book images are from amazon.com.Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant Hello, Virginia! (Hello, America!) Board book by Candice Ransom Virginia Geography (Chester the Crab) (Chester the Crab's Comix With Content) by Bentley BoydTanya's Reunion by Valerie FlournoyVirginia: An Alphabetical Journey Through History by Betty B. ShepardOne Christmas Dawn by Candice F. RansomThe Virginia Night Before Christmas by E.J. SullivanThe Twelve Days of Christmas in Virginia (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Sue Corbett
Celebrating Virginia and Washington, D.C.: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Marion Dane Bauer - Book images are from amazon.com.
Celebrating Virginia and Washington, D.C.: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Marion Dane Bauer - Book images are from amazon.com.
Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant
Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant
Hello, Virginia! (Hello, America!) Board book by Candice Ransom
Hello, Virginia! (Hello, America!) Board book by Candice Ransom
Virginia Geography (Chester the Crab) (Chester the Crab's Comix With Content) by Bentley Boyd
Virginia Geography (Chester the Crab) (Chester the Crab's Comix With Content) by Bentley Boyd
Tanya's Reunion by Valerie Flournoy
Tanya's Reunion by Valerie Flournoy
Virginia: An Alphabetical Journey Through History by Betty B. Shepard
Virginia: An Alphabetical Journey Through History by Betty B. Shepard
One Christmas Dawn by Candice F. Ransom
One Christmas Dawn by Candice F. Ransom
The Virginia Night Before Christmas by E.J. Sullivan
The Virginia Night Before Christmas by E.J. Sullivan
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Virginia (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Sue Corbett
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Virginia (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Sue Corbett

Are you looking for picture books related to Virginia's history? I have posted our absolute favorite picture books related to the history of Jamestown at my Jamestown History Lesson and our favorite picture books related to Virginia during its colonial period at my lessons on the American War for Independence .

Celebrating Virginia and Washington, D.C.: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Marion Dane Bauer is an easy reader book about a teacher who takes his students on a trip to Virginia and Washington, D.C. to discover the geographic highlights of the area including Harborfest, Virginia Beach, and Assateague Island.

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds by Cynthia Rylant does not specifically take place in Virginia, but it does a wonderful job of showing what life would be like for the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia as it describes Appalachian living.

Hello, Virginia! (Hello, America!) Board book by Candice Ransom shows a young girl visiting the highlights of Virginia from the horse country to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown to Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

Virginia Geography (Chester the Crab) (Chester the Crab's Comix With Content) by Bentley Boyd is a neat comic-book style picture book that covers the geography of Virginia from the viewpoint of a fun crab. My boys LOVE these types of books and learn so much from them!

Virginia's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. Mis is part of a wonderful series that combines state geography with art. Even my 6 year old could follow the drawing directions and my 9 year old created some impressive drawings while learning more about Virginia.

Tanya's Reunion by Valerie Flournoy is about a girl who goes with her grandmother to the farm in Virginia where she (the girl's grandmother) grew up.

Virginia: An Alphabetical Journey Through History by Betty B. Shepard covers the history and geography of Virginia. It includes Presidents who came from Virginia, wars that took place there, and more.

One Christmas Dawn by Candice F. Ransom is another book that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountain area and is about a young girl waiting for her father to return on a snowy Christmas Eve evening.

The Virginia Night Before Christmas by E.J. Sullivan is a cute Virginia-style version of this Christmas story. It highlights some of the main areas of the state including the Virginia beaches, Monticello, Richmond, and more.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Virginia (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Sue Corbett is about a brother who gives his sister gifts related to the history and points of interest of the state of Virginia. It is of course written to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song.

Good Chapter Book Related to Virginia

Misty of Chincoteague
Misty of Chincoteague

176 pages. This is a Newbery Medal Winner about a wild horse named Phantom who lives on Assateague Island in Virginia and a couple who works hard to purchase her and her colt. It is based on a true story. This is a classic chapter book for all horse-loving children.

 
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Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White - Book images are from amazon.com.With Lee in Virginia by G. A. Henty Virginia Bound by Amy ButlerMoonshiner's Son by Carolyn Reeder
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White - Book images are from amazon.com.
Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White - Book images are from amazon.com.
With Lee in Virginia by G. A. Henty
With Lee in Virginia by G. A. Henty
Virginia Bound by Amy Butler
Virginia Bound by Amy Butler
Moonshiner's Son by Carolyn Reeder
Moonshiner's Son by Carolyn Reeder

Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White (224 pages) is a Newbery Honor Winner about a twelve year old girl and her cousin who live in Coal Station, Virginia in the early 1950s. The boy's mother disappeared one summer, and the his cousin is determined to find out what happened to her. The book includes bullies, humor, friendship, a mystery, and more.

With Lee in Virginia by G. A. Henty (336 pages) is about a teenage boy from the South who fights for the Confederacy along with General Lee. I love how it teaches true character training as it shows how important courage and honor are in the boy's life.

Virginia Bound by Amy Butler (188 pages) is about a young boy who is kidnapped and taken to the Jamestown colony where he is forced to work as an indentured servants on a tobacco farm. He has to decide if he should accept the help of a local Native American girl.

Moonshiner's Son by Carolyn Reeder (208 pages) is about a twelve-year-old boy who learns the art of moonshining from his father during the Prohibition era and does a good job of showing what life was like during this period.

A Little Maid of Virginia by Alice Curtis (196 pages) is about an eleven-year-old girl and her cousin living together in Yorktown in 1781 (during the American War for Independence). They meet Thomas Jefferson and General Lafayette and witness Cornwallis's surrender.

Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Virginia

One of the pages from my son's notebook on Virginia
One of the pages from my son's notebook on Virginia

Great Worksheets on Virginia That We Used When Creating Notebooks on Individual States

All About Virginia and Virginia for Teachers offer links to lots of free worksheets covering Virginia. Also included are book suggestions and general information.

Pocahontas Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Pocahontas by Ingri & Edward d'Aulaire. This is a good option since Pocahontas lived in the Virginia area during the time of the Jamestown settlement and helped the settlers to survive. She helped spare the life of John Smith and later married John Rolfe.

Virginia State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Virginia. At the site, you'll also find helpful worksheets, links, & information.

More of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Video Clips Giving an Overview of the State

Good Overview of Virginia

When searching out YouTube video clips that provided helpful information about Virginia and were completely child-friendly, these were our favorites.

History Channel's States Documentary

Where is Richmond, the capital of Virginia?

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      BGrimes 4 years ago

      Home! I grew up in Fredericksburg, and I miss my home state terribly. I visit as often as I can.

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      JordanWalker LM 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this lens. Thank you very much for writing it.

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      spids1 4 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I went to visit with a group of friends who all used to be teachers and we had so much fun at the same time learned more. Really worth visiting if you love history.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @aesta1: Thank you!

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      @spids1: Thank you!

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      @JordanWalker LM: Thank you!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @BGrimes: It is a beautiful state! Thank you!

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      Jemecan 4 years ago

      I would like to visit one day.

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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      beautiful lens.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      I always wanted to go to Virginia.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Grew up in Virginia !- when I got married I moved away and miss it to this day--nicely done ~~~~Blessed~~~~

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This is one of my favorite places to visit. I hope lots of people visit this site to see what a great place for capturing a bit of history Virgiania is.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @favored: Thank you!

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      JadaFuego 4 years ago

      I live instate so I get to visit the historical land marks all the time:) Truly is a state rich in history.

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Very nicely done. We hope to travel there for a homeschool field trip and you have some great info! Blessed!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @Cari Kay 11: That would be a fun field trip! Thank you!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @JadaFuego: Thank you!

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      @MartieG: Thank you!

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      @Fcuk Hub: Thank you!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @thememorybooksh1: Thank you!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @Jemecan: Thank you for visiting!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      Colonial Williamsburg but the Deadhead in me wants to say Hampton Roads where I saw one of my favorite Grateful Dead Shows in 1984, the people were so cool there.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @Deadicated LM: :) I bet you have some incredible memories!

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      MegaLED 4 years ago

      Thank you

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      MegaLED 4 years ago

      thank you

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Wow! Beautiful!

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      Steve and Annette 4 years ago

      Have you visited the American Shakespeare Center / Blackfriar's Theate? It was one of the highlights of our trip. See: https://hubpages.com/travel/American-Shakespeare-C

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @BuildABetterMouse: That sounds like a fun place to visit!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you so much!

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      @Madonaa: Thank you!

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      Noctai LM 4 years ago

      Lovely lens and congrats on making front page!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to visit it.. :)

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      ikepius 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Nice work!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 4 years ago

      Awesome place...

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I'd love to take a trip up there! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Cris-ti 4 years ago

      The first photo make think of the movie:Pirates of the Caribbean...

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @Cris-ti: Yes, I can definitely see that!

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      @JoshK47: Thank you!

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      @HouseBuyersOfAmerica: Thank you!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Your lens is really nice, I superliked it. You did a great job presenting this, thanks for taking time to put this together and for sharing it.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @dellgirl: Thank you so much!

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      SelenaFox 4 years ago

      nice

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @SelenaFox: Thank you!

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      Hiking! There are some great places to hike, my favorite being Old Rag.

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      cmcyclist 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Lots of great resources.

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @cmcyclist: Thank you!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @Margot_C: Yes, we've enjoyed many gorgeous hikes through the mountains of Virginia.

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      Success_At_School 4 years ago

      I love the 'living museum' type of places. Makes it so much more interesting to learn about history.

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      MayaIxchel 4 years ago

      Great lens for a great state! Thanks for sharing! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      SkiLoverAlpine 4 years ago

      Nice collection!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @SkiLoverAlpine: Thank you!

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      @MayaIxchel: Thank you!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @Success_At_School: Definitely!

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