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In Podcast #23 the Trekkers take you to Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital.   Although not part of Virginia, this city is very important to our state’s economy since many Virginians commute to Washington, D.C. for work.  Join us as we take you on a quick tour of the most famous sites: the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the U.S. Supreme Court.  We’ll also take you to the Potomac River, review tides in the Tidal Basin, discover Greek and Roman influences in the architecture, stand on the same spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech, and take a ride on the Metro. Come on, let's go trekkin'!

Every Spring, Washington, D.C. has a special two-week long Cherry Blossom Festival.  The first 3,000 cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912, and since then, many more have been planted, mostly along the Tidal Basin.  Every year, thousands of tourists come to enjoy their beauty.  People actually protested the construction of the Jefferson Memorial because some of the trees had to be cut down.  However, more cherry trees were planted, and now there are plenty for everyone to enjoy.  The fun events include a Cherry Blossom parade, a Japanese street festival, a 10-mile run, a kite-flying festival, and a huge fireworks display.  If you’d like to learn more, or even attend the festival this Spring, visit the official website:

SOL Correlation:

K.1 The student will recognize that history describes events and people of other times and places by

  1. a)identifying examples of past events in legends, stories, and historical accounts of Pocahontas, George

  2. Washington, Betsy Ross, and Abraham Lincoln;

  3. b)identifying the people and events honored by the holidays of Thanksgiving Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and Independence Day (Fourth of July)

1.2 The student will describe the stories of American leaders and their contributions to our country, with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington Carver.

1.3 The student will discuss the lives of people associated with Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day, and the events of Independence Day (Fourth of July).

1.4 The student will develop map skills by

d) locating Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, and Richmond, the capital of Virginia, on a United States map.

1.11 The student will recognize the symbols and traditional practices that honor and foster patriotism in the United States by

a) identifying the American flag, bald eagle, Washington Monument, and Statue of Liberty;

2.11 The student will identify George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King, Jr. as Americans whose contributions improved the lives of other Americans.

3.1 The student will explain how the contributions of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced the present world in terms of architecture, government (direct and representative democracy), and sports.

3.11 The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation of a republican form of government by

  1. a)describing the individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and equality under the law;

  2. b)identifying the contributions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, and Martin Luther King, Jr.;

VS.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by

b) identifying the various roles played by Virginians in the Revolutionary War era, with emphasis on George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry;

VS.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by

b) identifying the ideas of George Mason and Thomas Jefferson as expressed in the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom;

VS.10 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.

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