Resources › For Educators Virginia Printables Share Flipboard Email Print KatieDobies / Getty Images For Educators Homeschooling Geography Spelling Becoming A Teacher Assessments & Tests Elementary Education Secondary Education Special Education Teaching By Beverly Hernandez Homeschooling Expert Beverly Hernandez is a veteran homeschooler and the former administrator of a large independent study program. our editorial process Beverly Hernandez Updated November 04, 2019 Virginia, one of the thirteen original colonies, became the 10th U.S. state on June 25, 1788. Virginia was the location of the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown. When English colonists arrived in the state in 1607, it was inhabited by a variety of Native American tribes such as the Powhatan, the Cherokee, and the Croaton. The state was named Virginia in honor of Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as the Virgin Queen. One of 11 states to secede from the Union at the start of the Civil War, Virginia was the site of over half of the war's battles. Its capital, Richmond, was one of the capitals of the Confederate States of America. The state didn't rejoin the Union until 1870, nearly five years after the conclusion of the Civil War. Bordered by five states and the District of Columbia, Virginia is situated in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It is adjacent to Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Virginia is home to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. The state is made up of 95 counties and 39 independent cities. The independent cities function similarly to counties, with their own policies and leaders. Virginia's capital is one of these independent cities. Virginia is also one of only four U.S. states to refer to itself as a Commonwealth rather than a state. The other three are Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Massachusetts. Another unique fact about the state is that it is the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents. That's more than any other state. The eight presidents born in the state were: George Washington (1788)Thomas Jefferson (1800)James Madison (1808)James Monroe (1816)William Henry Harrison (1840)John Tyler (1841)Zachary Taylor (1848)Woodrow Wilson (1912) The Appalachian Mountains, an almost 2,000-mile-long mountain range that runs from Canada through Alabama, gives Virginia its highest peak, Mt. Rogers. Teach your students more about the "mother of all states" (so named because portions of the land that was originally Virginia are now part of seven other states) with these free printables. 01 of 10 Virginia Vocabulary Print the pdf: Virginia Vocabulary Sheet Introduce your students to the "Old Dominion" with this vocabulary worksheet. Students should use the internet or a reference book about the state to look up each term and determine its significance to Virginia. Then they write each term on the blank line next to its correct definition. 02 of 10 Virginia Word Search Print the pdf: Virginia Word Search Students can use this word search puzzle to review the people and places associated with Virginia. Each term from the word bank can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle. 03 of 10 Virginia Crossword Puzzle Print the pdf: Virginia Crossword Puzzle Crossword puzzles can be used for a fun review. All the clues in the Virginia-themed puzzle describe a term related to the state. See if your students can correctly fill in all the squares without referring to their completed vocabulary worksheet. 04 of 10 Virginia Alphabet Activity Print the pdf: Virginia Alphabet Activity Young students can combine their study of Virginia with some alphabetizing practice. Students should write each term related to the state in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided. 05 of 10 Virginia Challenge Print the pdf: Virginia Challenge See how well your students remember what they've learned about Virginia with this challenge worksheet. Each description is followed by four multiple-choice answers. 06 of 10 Virginia Draw and Write Print the pdf: Virginia Draw and Write Page Let your students express their creativity and practice their composition skills with this Draw and Write page. They should draw a picture depicting something they've learned about Virginia. Then they can use the blank lines to write about their drawing. 07 of 10 Virginia State Bird and Flower Coloring Page Print the pdf: State Bird and Flower Coloring Page Virginia's state flower is the American dogwood. The four-petaled flower is usually white or pink with a yellow or yellow-green center. Its state bird is the cardinal, which is also the state bird of six other states. The male cardinal sports brilliant red plumage with a striking black mask around its eyes and yellow beak. 08 of 10 Virginia Coloring Page: Ducks, Shenandoah National Park Print the pdf: Shenandoah National Park coloring Page Shenandoah National Park is located in Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain region. 09 of 10 Virginia Coloring Page: Tomb of the Unknowns Print the pdf: Tomb of the Unknowns Coloring Page The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Encourage your students to do some research to see what they can discover about it. 10 of 10 Virginia State Map Print the pdf: Virginia State Map Use this blank outline map of Virginia to complete your students' study of the state. Using the internet or a reference book, students should label the map with the state capital, major cities and waterways, and other state landmarks.