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All About Virginia

State Facts

Virginia was the 10th state to join the union. It became a state on June 25, 1788.

State facts about Virginia

Capital - Richmond

Abbreviation - VA

Nickname - Old Dominion

Motto - "Sic Semper Tyrannis" - Thus Always to Tyrants

Song - Carry Me Back to Old Virginia

Bird - Cardinal

Flower - American Dogwood

Insect - Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Area - approximately 42,769 square miles

Websites for studying about Virginia

The Declaration of Causes of the Seceding States

The declarations of secession for Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia (primary sources)

Virginia State Symbols Games

Worksheets and puzzles for kids to learn more about Virginia

The Mariner's Museum

America's Maritime Treasure. You'll find one of the largest international maritime history museums filled to the crow's nest with prized artifacts that celebrate the spirit of seafaring adventure. Explore over 60,000 square feet of gallery space with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, and much more.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Home Educator Experience

Learn about running a household and preparing foods, colonial diversions and pastimes as well as education and apprenticeships at the Benjamin Powell House.

A to Z Kids Stuff - Virginia

Fun Educational Activities

The 50 States - Virginia

From TeachersFirst. A comprehensive resource on Virginia

Mr. - Virginia

Mr. Donn has been online for as long as I can remember and he has one of the largest collections of social studies resources available. This is his collection of Virginia resources.

Explore the States - Virginia

From the Library of Congress. Games and stories of America's past.

50 - Virginia

Facts & Trivia about Virginia - Virginia

Unique tourist attractions and landmarks in Virginia

Awesome America - Virginia

Loads of fun facts, photos, and travel information about Virginia.

Virginia Map/Quiz Printout

Virginia State Quarters Coloring Pages

In 1999, the United States Mint began striking a new quarter about every ten weeks to honor one of the 50 states—that is, five new quarters every year—until the program ended. The quarters were struck in the same order as the states' birthdays.

Ready Virginia

Ready Virginia is a statewide public education effort to prepare Virginians for all hazards, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Ready Virginia encourages Virginians to do three things to prepare for emergencies: * Get an emergency supply kit * Make an emergency plan * Stay informed about the hazards that could impact Virginia The Ready Virginia Web site is a central, authoritative resource for preparedness information for all Virginians.

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Home Educator Program and AT Home! Resources

Hands-on history programs for home-educated students. Sharing a variety of entertaining, engaging and educational online resources available for you to enjoy with your family at home. Take a virtual tour and experience live demonstrations of hands-on history.

Virginia Virtual Field Trips

History Museum of Western VirginiaRoanoke

Virtual field trip onlineThe Museum's Step Into The Past education programs are unlike any other history-oriented services offered in the Roanoke Valley. These programs were created to meet the requests of local teachers, P.T.A. representatives and youth group leaders for historical programming that is readily available and affordable. Step Into The Past consists of both Outreach and In-house Programs.

Luray CavernsLuray

Virtual field trip onlineLuray Caverns is the largest caverns in the eastern United States. Enormous chambers are filled with towering stone columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools. The National Park Service and the Department of Interior designated it a Registered Natural Landmark.

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