10 West Virginia Printables

Discover the Mountain State

West Virginia state sign against a blue sky.

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The state now known as West Virginia was originally part of Virginia, one of the original 13 colonies. The area was settled by the British in the 1600s.

The people in the western section of Virginia refused to succeed from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War. West Virginia remained a part of the United States, while Virginia became one of the Confederate States of America.

West Virginia officially became a state, the 35th to enter the Union, on June 20,1863. It is bordered by Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

The state's agricultural and economic products include coal, timber, natural gas, cattle, and poultry.

Pictured on the back of the state quarter, the New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel span in the western hemisphere. The 3,030-foot long bridge cut the travel time around the gorge from 40 minutes to less than one minute. It spans the New River, which is the only river in the U.S. that flows north instead of south.

The first Mother's Day was celebrated in West Virginia on May 10, 1908. The state also launched the country's first free mail delivery service, which began on October 6, 1896.

Use this free printables set to teach your students more about the Mountain State.

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Words Used to Describe West Virginia

West Virginia vocabulary worksheet.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

Introduce your students to the Mountain State with this vocabulary worksheet. Students should use an atlas, the internet, or library resources to look up each term, person, or place to see how each relates to West Virginia. Then, they will write each word or phrase next to its correct description on the blank lines provided. 

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Word Search

West Virginia word search.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez 

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After your students complete the vocabulary sheet, use this word search as a fun review. Each name or phrase associated with West Virginia can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle.

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Crossword Puzzle

West Virginia crossword.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

This crossword puzzle makes another stress-free review option for puzzle-loving students. Each clue describes a person or place associated with West Virginia.

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West Virginia quiz.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

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Use this West Virginia challenge worksheet to see how much your students remember about West Virginia. Each description of facts related to West Virginia is followed by four multiple-choice options.

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Alphabet Activity

West Virginia worksheet.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

Students can practice their thinking, alphabetizing, and handwriting skills with this West Virginia worksheet. Children should write each term in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided. 

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Draw and Write

West Virginia worksheet.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

Let your students get creative with this write and draw page. Invite them to draw whatever they'd like that relates to West Virginia Then, they can use the blank lines to write about their drawing.

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State Bird and Flower Coloring Page

West Virginia state bird and flower.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

West Virginia's state bird is the cardinal. The male cardinal has a deep red coloring with a black "V" around his eyes and yellow beak. The female is a reddish-brown color.

The big laurel, also called the also called great laurel, great rhododendron, rosebay, or rosebay rhododendron, is the state flower of West Virginia. The flower features pink or white petals that grow in large round clusters. Its leaves have a leathery texture and can grow up to nine inches long.

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State Seal

West Virginia seal.

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West Virginia's state seal features a miner and a farmer, representing industry and agriculture. The boulder, which stands for strength, is inscribed with the statehood date. The Latin phrase means "mountaineers are always free." 

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West Virginia Coloring Page - State Animal

West Virginia black bear.

ThoughCo / Beverly Hernandez

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The black bear is the state animal of West Virginia. Black bears are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals. Their diet includes grasses, fruits, herbs, fish, and rodents. They can grow up to seven feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds. 

Black bears are excellent swimmers and they can run up to 30 miles per hour!

The bears' offspring, called cubs, stay with their mothers for two years. Mother bears usually give birth to two to three cubs.

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West Virginia State Map

West Virginia state map.

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Students should complete this map of West Virginia by marking the state capital, major cities and waterways, and other state landmarks.