Virginia is for Teachers. I originally posted this on Virginia is for Teachers, but I wanted to share it with you. When we were just starting to collaborate on this blog, I got an idea.
I like alphabet charts, so why not make an alphabet chart about my state? So, I did. Here’s the problem: I love my state. I’ve lived here my whole life.
Virginia: How hard can it be?
I didn’t think this would be hard. J is for Jamestown.
V is for Virginia Beach.
B is for Blue Ridge Mountains…no, B is for Brook Trout…no, B is for Big-Eared Bat.
Maybe Brook Trout can go under T, so I can put Big-Eared Bat for B.
Then, I realized I should do Tobacco or Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.
Oh no, that could be another B word…or could it be an I word for “insect?”
Maybe it can be more than one thing. Oh goodness, maybe this would be harder than I thought.
Where would I get pictures?
I started thinking I would use clip art. Silly, I know. Then, I decided I’d use clip art and pictures. I looked through my own photo albums and friend’s photo albums and on-line photo albums. Thank Goodness for pixabay.com. I have also decided everywhere I go from now on, I’m taking my camera.
Vowels in Yellow. Consonants in Red.
When the A to Z set is posted on the wall, students can not only use it for a reference about the state.
Students can use the color borders to reference vowels and consonants.
Students can sort posters for industry, geographic features, famous people, famous places, and more.
The full set ended up with 106 cards for the 26 letters.
It grew to 135 with clip art pictures, then I decided the ckip art pictures weren’t a great look. SOOOO, I decided on 106 photos. Some are old. Some are new. I’m thinking I’ll add to this set from time to time. I’m sure it will grow. As a FREEBIE, I’ve made a 1-page Virginia A to Z. This can be a quick reference for your students.
Virginia: Book Connection
I could not believe it when I went to Barnes and Noble and found a Virginia book for Easter.
It mentions places all around our state. The book also contains a great lesson on maps!
It lists many big cities and even calls Virginia the “Old Dominion State.”
UPDATE: There are 107 pictures now…I added a picture from Kiptopeke State Park.