West Virginia became the thirty-fifth state of the United States in 1863. It seceded from Virginia in 1861. Its nickname is the Mountain State, and the capital is Charleston. The state ranks forty-first in area and thirty-fifth in population. Today much of its income comes from coal and farming. Children can visit a website at: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/wv/es_wv_subj.html Idea: Since Charleston is the capital, children could learn to dance the Charleston.