First, you and a partner will closely examine the following websites, video and photographs. As you do this, use the paper given to you to answer the following questions:
"Where is West Virginia located on the map?”
“How many state's border WV?”
“What are the state's names?”
“Where are each state's located?”
“What is that state's motto, bird, animal, capital, tree, butterfly, flag, etc?”
“Do these state's look like West Virginia?” “What is different or the same?” “Why do you think that?”
Look at the picture above. This is the state of West Virginia. What do you notice about this picture? Have you been to any places in West Virginia that look similar to this picture?
Now, look at the pictures above. How do they compare to the previous picture of West Virginia? Comparing the pictures, what is the landscape like in each of the different states? What is different or the same about each state? Do they look similar?
Next, use these helpful resources to find information about the bordering states of West Virginia. Search through each site to look at photographs, maps, and information about each bordering state. Write any helpful information down on your paper.
After learning about the bordering states of West Virginia you should begin thinking which state you want to redesign a flag for. Once you have chosen a state you want to design a flag for, decide what kind of things you will be adding to your new design of the state flag. Are you going to incorporate their landscape? State bird? State capitol? State colors? It is up to you!
As you are choosing the state you want to redesign a flag for consider the following questions:
- Does what I am putting on the new flag represent the state I chose?
- Would someone be able to tell what state flag this is, based on what I learn about the state?
Time to Build!
With your partner, you can choose to draw a picture on paper or actually design a flag on fabric. Whichever you choose, you will need to include the following:
One partner will be responsible for:
- Getting materials
The other partner will be responsible for:
- Putting back materials
Both partners will be responsible for:
- Deciding if they want to draw on a piece of paper, or design on fabric.
- Deciding what bordering state flag they will redesign
- Brainstorming and creating how they want their flag to look based on the information they learned about each bordering state.
Make sure to be creative! (Use detail, a variety of colors, and your imagination!)
Time to Present!
After each group has finished creating their new state flag for a state bordering West Virginia, you will present them to the class. In the presentation you must tell us:
1) Which bordering state you chose?
2) Where it is located on the map?
3) What you learned about this state?
4) Why did you design the flag the way you did? What does each thing you put on the flag represent?
Time to test what you learned!
Once all groups are finished presenting, your teacher will hand out an exit ticket.
DO NOT PANIC! BREATHE!
Do you best and think back to what you learned. Good Luck!