Monday, February 25, 2013

Booking Across the USA - West Virginia

I'm so excited to be participating in the Booking Across the U.S.A. series from Growing Book by Book.  I have to be honest, in my heart of hearts, I am a Virginia girl through and through.  There is something magical about Virginia, but living in West Virginia now, I took this opportunity to find out a little more about this state that I call home.

West Virginia Facts at a Glance:
State Abbreviation - WV
State Capital - Charleston
Major Industries - mining (coal), livestock, chemical manufacturing, glass products, tourism

State Nickname - Mountain State
State Motto - "Montani semper liberi" - Mountaineers are always free
 State Flower - Rhododendron
State Tree - Sugar Maple
State Fruit - Golden Delicious Apple

State Flag:

Description of the flag (courtesy of Enchanted Learning):  West Virginia's official flag was adopted in 1929. The flag has a white field surrounded by blue. The state seal is encircled by a garland of the state flower (rhododendron), in the center of the flag. The seal pictures two men (a farmer and a miner) around a rock bearing the date June 20, 1863 (the day West Virginia split from Virginia and became a state). Below the men are two rifles and a red liberty cap (a symbol of freedom). A red ribbon below the men has the state motto, "MONTANI SEMPER LIBERI" (meaning "Mountaineers are always free" in Latin). A large red ribbon above the seal reads, "STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA."

These facts are great for reports, but they can't describe for you the absolute beauty of the West Virginia mountains.  There is a splendor here in the Fall that is hard to describe!  We have so many Fall traditions with our boys that include enjoying the beauty of the mountains and one of them is going apple picking.  I was so tickled that in our hunt for books about West Virginia, we stumbled upon Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story by Anna Egan Smucker.  This little gem tells the story of the prize-winning Golden Delicious apple and how it was discovered in the hills of West Virginia. 

This book ties in beautifully to any apple theme unit for kids.  It discusses the many different types of apples and lends itself to all kinds of different apple activities.

Here are some of our favorites:


If you're kids are a bit older, this book lends itself to a wonderful apple language development activity.  The book uses vivid adjectives to describe the taste of the golden delicious apple and that of many other yellow apples.  As you read the book, have the kids listen for synonyms and better words for taste rather than just "good" or "bad".  As we looked for words to describe the apples, we heard "bland", "crisp", "spicy", "juicy", "fresh", "sweet", and many more!!  My kids found lots of new ways to describe their food!

  I'm thrilled to be taking part in this series and hope you'll take the opportunity to check out all of these great books and activities about the various states.  What a great addition these would be to a homeschool curriculum or for a Reading Center.   

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  1. This looks like a wonderful book! Our applesauce looks delicious!

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE your post! Thanks for co-representing the great state of West Virginia!!!

    1. BTW I am so glad you shared the state info. I had wanted to, but by the time I added everything else the post was too long, so I'm glad we were able to share the state for this project!
      Now I'm thinking I need some Pinto Beans, Cornbread and fresh applesauce :)

  3. Wow! I did not think apples when I clicked West Virginia. Our section of Maine has many apple orchards and we do a lot with them in the Fall. Looking forward to having a new book to add and some new activities.

  4. Love the apple activities that you came up with to go along with the book. Thanks for participating in the Booking Across the USA project!