Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Geography History Lesson 7


We took some more time with Washington State. I wanted to look at more of the demographics of the State. I googled Washington State and visited the wikipedia. Selena shrilled with joy when she recognized the Washington State flag and she showed me proudly the flag in her scrapbook. She then spotted the Washington State Seal, and again pointed it out to me in the scrapbook. Then she turned the page in her book back to the map of the United States and showed me where Washington is located on the map. She was very proud of herself.

We read carefully some of the interesting facts of Washington, taking time to click on the link to see pictures and learn more information. We googled Washington State on a map, and took a virtual tour of some of the different places, by population, climate, and what crops are grown in certain areas.

The information we found is:


Washington State

Located in the Pacific Northwest
The 42nd State
Largest City is Seattle
Second Largest City is Spokane

Washington is the only State named after a President, George Washington

Mount Rainier is the highest Mountain and is covered with more glacial ice than any other peak in the lower 48 States.

Crops grown in Washington:

Raspberries    Peas
Hops    Spearmint
Apples    Cherries
Pears     Peppermint
Concord Grapes    Carrots
Niagara Grapes    Lentils
Potatoes    Apricots
Asparagus    Sweet Corn
Barley    Wheat
Cranberries    Strawberries

Governor  Christine Gregoire
Two U.S. Senators  Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell

Sports Teams

Seattle Mariners
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Sounders
Spokane Chiefs

3 ships in the US Navy including 2 battleships have been named the USS Washington after the State of Washington. 

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  1. That's great that Selena is so excited about learning about her state!

  2. I think Selena should be fascinated to learn more about Mt Rainier - it's truly a marvel. And isn't it amazing that a relatively small state has mountains and oceans, forests and big cities. She has a lot to learn about her part of the world.

  3. I visited Washington when I was 11 (1982--it's been awhile). I remember it being a beautiful state, and I'd love to go back someday! We visited the ocean, Seattle (went up in the Space Needle), a rain forest (don't recall name), and Mt. Rainier Ntl Park. We also took a day and went to Vancouver, BC. Lovely memories!

  4. Jeff might be convinced to move there just for the raspberries..... And I'd be just as excited as Selena if I could pick out the state flag.