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Virginia Standards of Learning
Mapping History with Smithfield

A visit to Smithfield can enhance the learning of American History. Such a visit can assist students in understanding the role played by those living in and around Smithfield in the early years of the Old Dominion and the United States of America.

The materials included here are keyed to the Virginia Standards of Learning for 4th grade and are meant to illustrate how a visit to Smithfield can help teach the SOLs. The SOL units were created by a group comprised of an elementary school principal, two secondary level history teachers, and a university Dean of Education. They were reviewed by groups of teachers in public schools as well as teachers involved in home schooling as they were developed.  Of course, we hope that teachers will want to bring their students to visit Smithfield but the materials are available for use by all teachers free of charge.

The material on our web site is only part of the complete SOL kit. To check-out an SOL kit, please contact April Danner, Deputy Museum Administrator, at adanner@smithfieldplantation.org.

Unit 1 - Physical Geography Unit 2 - Native Americans
Unit 3 - Colonists and Settlers Unit 4 - Colonial Era and Revolutionary War
Unit 5 - Transportation Unit 6 - Civil War Era

SOL kits available at Smithfield contain unit outlines, reproducible maps plus:

Topographical wall map of the United States
Laminated Desk Map of Virginia
Laminated Desk Map of the United States and the World
Outline Map w/ activities “Virginia, An Original State”

The Upper James Atlas, by W.E. Trout, III
United States History Atlas, by Maps.com
Virginia Native Peoples, by Karla Smith
13 colonies: Virginia:  The History of Virginia Colony 1607-1776, by Robert Wiener and James R. Arnold
Atlas of American History (Houghton Mifflin/Rand McNally)

Settling Along the Western Waters, by Scott Crawford