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Today Alfonso and David take you to one of the bordering states of Virginia, North Carolina. North Carolina is actually south of Virginia.  Explore where the Wright Brothers made their first flight in 1903, roll down the tallest natural sand dunes in the eastern United States; learn about the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke which was settled twenty years before Jamestown; see where the first English baby was born in America; take a look at the tallest lighthouse in the United States; find a Civil War shipwreck; and discover where Blackbeard the pirate was captured and killed!  Come on, let’s go trekkin’!

Updated 10/4/2013

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3.2 The student will investigate and understand simple machines and their uses. Key concepts include

  1. a)purpose and function of simple machines;

  2. b)types of simple machines;

  3. c)compound machines; and

  4. d)examples of simple and compound machines found in the school, home, and work environments.


3.7 The student will investigate and understand the major components of soil, its origin, and its importance to plants and animals including humans. Key concepts include

  1. a)soil provides the support and nutrients necessary for plant growth;

  2. b)topsoil is a natural product of subsoil and bedrock;

  3. c)rock, clay, silt, sand, and humus are components of soils; and

  4. d)soil is a natural resource and should be conserved.


4.2 The student will investigate and understand characteristics and interactions of moving objects. Key concepts include

  1. a)motion is described by an object’s direction and speed;

  2. b)changes in motion are related to force and mass;

  3. c)friction is a force that opposes motion; and

d) moving objects have kinetic energy.


VS.2a The student will demonstrate knowledge of the physical geography and native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by locating Virginia and its bordering states on maps of the United States.


VS.7a The student will demonstrate knowledge of the issues that divided our nation and led to the Civil War by identifying the events and differences between northern and southern states that divided Virginians and led to secession, war, and the creation of West Virginia.


SE1.2c The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables to

  1. b)locate and describe the location of the Southeast geographic region of the United States:

  2. c)locate and identify the land features, water features, and climate important to the early history of the Southeast region of the United States

The first airplane crash happened in Virginia.  On September 17, 1908, Orville Wright was demonstrating his airplane to the U.S. Army at Fort Myers, Virginia.  A 26-year-old Army lieutenant named Thomas Selfridge volunteered to fly with Orville.  Suddenly as they were flying 150 feet in the air over a crowd of 2,000 people, the right propeller broke!  Orville tried to glide the plane down but when they got to 75 feet the plane took a nose dive and hit the ground hard.  Orville suffered a broken leg and several broken ribs, but the passenger, Thomas Selfridge, fractured his skull and died. He was buried at Arlington Cemetery.  (Source 1, Source 2)

Orville Wright, the pilot, survived

The first plane crash in 1908 at Fort Myers, Virginia

Lt. Thomas Selfridge, the passenger, died