Updated 10/12/10

In Podcast #36 Alfonso and David head back to the Valley and Ridge Region to show you Virginia’s youngest and tallest volcano! Don’t worry though, it’s been extinct for thousands of years.  Find out why it’s so small and un-volcanic-looking; explore some nearby farms in Rockingham County which is one of the top 100 agricultural counties in the nation (source); and make a surprise visit with us to a local elementary school!  We’re dressed a little differently in this podcast because we were invited out this way to receive an award from the Virginia Association of Water and Soil and Conservation Districts at the Frontier Culture Museum.  If you want to learn more about the museum, we filmed there in Podcast #29. Come on, let's go trekkin'!

Rockingham County is Virginia’s leading producer of turkeys?  It is called the “Turkey Capital of the World” and a big turkey statue greets you when you enter Rockingham County on Route 11.  Virginia is the fourth largest producer of turkeys in the United States (source) (source) and most are raised right here in Rockingham County.  In fact, poultry (all bird meat including chicken and turkey) is Virginia’s most valuable agricultural product, even more valuable than tobacco!  (source)  So we are very thankful that Rockingham County is part of Virginia.  And teachers, I’m sure you’re very thankful for Rockingham County’s amazing SOL resources

SOL Correlation:

VS.10c The student will demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics by c) explaining how advances in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to Virginia’s prosperity and role in the global economy.

VS.9a The student will demonstrate knowledge of twentieth century Virginia by a) describing the economic and social transition from a rural, agricultural society to a more urban, industrialized society, including the reasons people came to Virginia from other states and countries;

5.7a The student will investigate and understand how the Earth’s surface is constantly changing. Key concepts include a) the rock cycle including identification of rock types;

5.7d The student will investigate and understand how the Earth’s surface is constantly changing. Key concepts include d) plate tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes);

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