Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Virginia A to Z

Virginia A to Z is a growing set of cards to highlight the great state of Virginia.
Hello, everyone!


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 Virginia?  So, I did.  Here's the problem:  I love Virginia.  I've lived here my whole life.

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 Tabacco 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.
Virginia A to Z is a growing set of cards to highlight the great state of Virginia.

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 in Virginia from now on, I'm taking my camera.
Virginia A to Z is a growing set of cards to highlight the great state of Virginia.

Vowels in Yellow.  Consonants in Red.

When the Virginia A to Z set is posted on the wall, students can no only use it for a Virginia reference.  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.
Virginia A to Z is a growing set of cards to highlight the great state of Virginia.
The full set ended up with 96 cards for the 26 letters.  It's grown from 96 to 102 to 112 and now I'm at 135. 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.

Book Connection

I could not believe it when I went to Barnes and Noble and found a Virginia book for Easter.  Who knew?  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."
Virginia A to Z is a growing set of cards to highlight the great state of Virginia.
Click the picture for a FREEBIE
If you would like the full set, visit my TPT store for the Virginia A to Z set.

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