Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oh, Virginia

The Princess "gets" to be Teacher of the Day. Basically, she and an oh-so-lucky parent (not!) get to teacher her class for an hour. The good news is that it can be on whatever we want. The bad news is everything else.

I guess she has finally decided that we are going to teach the class about Virginia. I wish, wish, wish that we had started this project earlier... because then I could've begged all of my Virginia friends to go hit up all the tourism sites and get us maps, and free bumper stickers, and whatever else they could find.

Alas, our presentation is on Monday.

I am just not looking forward to this.


Blogger dubby said...

I can't get something there by MONDAY! Sheesh!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Old Man With a radio transmitter in his car said...

Can you download some photos, like pictures of Robert E. Lee, Natural Bridge, a covered bridge, Johnny Appleseed, Lewis & Clark, Jim Bridger the mountain main (from Staunton), Abe Lincoln's father's homestead, George Washington, Montecello, Montpelier, Mount Vernon, etc. and give each kid in the class his own 1-page picture? You could hand out the pictures, and when you talk about the various things in Virginia, have each kid hold up his respective picture, thus getting all the kids involved. You could even take it up a notch and have two of the kids have to work together (Lewis with Clark, for example, or Washington with Mount Vernon, or Jefferson and Monticello, Johnny appleseed and an apple, Robert Lee and Stratford Hall, etc. Do the students know that Washington D.C. borders Virginia? How about North Carolina? The Atlantic Ocean? Do they know the song "Shenandoah"? You could do something with the Newport News shipyards making the aircraft carriers. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive. Bears, deer, or "ELK"-ton. Ask them WHY there is a West Virginia. Ask them about Colonial Williamsburg. Ask them about the Jamestown Settlement. I'll bet they would perk up with the roller coasters at Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens. Do they know that the Pentagon is actually in Virginia? Have they heard of Arlington National Cemetery? Do they know that before the war, Washington was a surveyor, and surveyed the Shenandoah Valley (he camped outside of Bergton, up near Broadway)? Have any of the military kids heard of the missle base at Wallops Island? Do they know the President's helicopter is kept at Quantico Marine base? Have they heard of the CIA headquarters at Langley? The undergroundd city at Mount Weather? Have any of the farm kids heard of International Harvester, which originally was the Cyrus McCormick reaper company and started near Stuarts Draft, a few miles from your stake center here? Maybe photos of some old order Mennonites with their horses and buggies. I'll bet they don't know that most of their daddy's razor blades are made in Verona, just a few miles south of where I'm sitting (The Verona ASR plant makes about 70% of all razor blades used in the U.S.) Gee. there is so much to talk about, where to begin, and where to end. Hey, make some paper hats and make one of them George Washington. Sign the Declaration of Independence, authored by a Virginian. Sign the Civil War surrender at Appomattox. And finally: who is Virginia named for? The painting of Elizabeth I known as the "rainbow portrait" is really cool. (It's at the Wikipedia entry on Eliz. I)

Good luck. And congrats on the great score on the quiz...

5:26 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

Good Luck!! YOu will have to let us know how it goes.

7:03 AM  

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