Let’s Study Texas History :)

Here are some links for Texas History.

I plan to use the following links to do a TEXAS unit study via a State Notebook using a 3 ring binder.

EXAMPLES OF TEXAS STATE NOTEBOOKS & PROJECTS

Here is an amazing example of a Texas notebook!  Love her advice to start with geography.  http://homeschoolblogger.com/teacupsinthegarden/786659/

Here’s another homeschool Texas History Curriculum written by a homeschooler for the use in her home.  Wonderful ideas here!
http://homewithpurpose.blogspot.com/2011/02/texas-adventure-week-one-texas-in.html

Homeschool Blogger’s US Geography State Notebook – with ideas listed
http://sbees.blogspot.com/2008/11/us-geography-project-state-notebooks.html

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FREE STATE Report BOOKLET (for use with any state!)http://www.abcteach.com/free/s/statereport_upper_standard.pdf
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PRINTABLES
*Awesome* State Unit Study – Texas from About.com – word search, fill in the blank vocab, puzzles, coloring pages, etc.
even has a Blank Texas Map
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/texasprint.htm

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Texas Parks and Wildlife printables for kids – coloring books, activity books, crafts!
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/kids/
INCLUDING A TEXAS SYMBOLS COLORING BOOK
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_p4000_1181.pdf

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UNIT STUDY OF TEXAS
ideas and printable pages, historical figures worksheets, etc.
http://www.learningtreasures.com/texas_unit_study.htm

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MAPS
Printable 12 Major Rivers of Texas Map – Rivers in blue – LOVE this!
http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/cities/txrivers.htm

14 Major Rivers of Tx
http://www.texassportfishing.com/region_rivers_main/TexasRivers.htm – color

Black and white – map is on the smaller side but has 14 rivers instead of 12 in the World Atlas above
gato-docs.its.txstate.edu/texas-watch/educators/…/worksheets.pdf

Blank Outline Rivers of Texas Map
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/texas/rivers/unlabeled.shtml

Texas Map Page – TONS here 🙂
http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/txmaps.htm

Texas Natives Map
http://historyisthecoolest.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/texas-natives-map/

Natural Regions of Texas – to color
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwater/land/maps/gis/map_downloads/images/pwd_mp_e0100_1070q_6.gif

7 Regions – PDF ACTIVITY BOOK (see page 5 of 52)
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0023.pdf

Labeled Outline Map SEVEN Regions of Tx
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/texas/naturalfeatures/7labeled.shtml

Texas Region (4) Map
http://colorado.region14.net/webs/ppharis/upload/regions_map_2.jpg

4 Regions based on mammal distribution
http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/images/figure4.gif

REGIONS of Tx – 7, 4, and MORE!
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/states/texas/naturalfeatures/

Texas State Map to Label (Cities)
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/usa/label/states/texas/labelanswers.shtml

BOOK LIST
http://www.theonehope.org/thematicunit/SelectedBooks.htm

LINKS
Texas History Websites collected by Jo Martin

4th Grade Travel Brochure Assignment
http://libraries.risd.org/bowlib/4/texasregions.htm

Texas Printables
http://www.edhelper.com/geography/Texas.htm
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/texasprint.htm

Texas Quarter coloring page
http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonPlans/50sq/2004/_k01-3.pdf
Printables
http://www.edhelper.com/geography/Texas.htm

http://abcteach.com/Maps/texas.htm
GRADES K-6 | Science
Dino Pit Discoveries Coloring Sheets: Texas Pterosaur – PDF
Texas Hill Country Tourist Armadillo

Puzzle
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/publications/kids_pages/symbols.pdf

THis looks fun!
http://www.lubbockisd.org/rush/lessons/texassymbols/studenttemplate.html

6 Flags Coloring Page
http://www.texasbob.com/color/color12.html

pecos bill coloring page
http://www.abcteach.com/Activities/pecosbill.htm

Neat Idea

In Texas, March 2 is an official state holiday – Texas Independence Day!!

Hear Texas State Song
http://www.homestead.com/mrsaspage/Texas.html

Links to lesson plans, worksheets, etc.
http://www.proteacher.com/090146.shtml

Many links
http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search?fr=ybr_vzn&p=spanish%20texas%20lesson

More links
http://www.kidskonnect.com/Texas/TexasHome.html

http://www.a0kteacherstuff.com/about_texas.htm

http://www.eduplace.com/state/tx/tx_links.html

http://www.geocities.com/dbl_d_ranch/History.htm

Texas Senate Kids
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/kids/kids.htm

Texas Beyond History starts with a site map to archaeological sites around Texas.
http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/

Texas Kids
http://www.state.tx.us/category.jsp?language=eng&categoryId=1.5

Texas DOT – for kids
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/kidsonly/TexasPg/Texas.htm

World Almanac for kids – Texas http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/explore/states/texas.html

TEXAS facts
http://www.physicsdaily.com/physics/Texas

http://www.classbrain.com/artstate/publish/article_298.shtml

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Texas online
http://www.texasonl ine.com/

Knowledge Box Central has an excellent state lap book file (you pay to download it and then can use it for whatever state you want – we’re using it right now for Colorado and Texas)
http://www.knowledg eboxcentral. com/ This is a great overview for any state study – lots of information. But with 1st and 2nd graders you’d have to do all the writing of data and then maybe then they could assemble it or add accent pieces like coloring maps or flowers, etc.

In the Texas section of the Pre-K curriculum I wrote I included a pecan hunt (like an Easter egg hunt) where the teacher hides a specific number of nuts and then the class goes around with baskets and finds them. You could do this with silk bluebonnets (I got bunches of them at Garden Ridge last year), pecans, laminated pictures of birds, Texas flag, …any Texas symbol. You could even hide one of everything, tell the kids how many items and then all items get collected in to a central basket and you can discuss how the items relate to Texas when the hunt is over. This would be a great activity topped off with a Texas shaped cookie:)

For general crafts you could…
Use Q-tips and paint to paint bluebonnets

Color/paint a huge Texas flag

Paper mache over some cardboard boxes and make a model of the Alamo

Weave yarn, ribbons or paper strips to make an Indian weaving

If you have little ones you could finger paint with “black gold” (oil – of course I would tend to substitute chocolate pudding:)

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Western Coloring Pages – TOO cute!
http://www.preschoolcoloringbook.com/color/cpwestern.shtml

Texas coloring pages, clipart
http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/projects/trc/2002/manual/clipart/clipart.html

http://www.texasbob.com/colorindex.html

http://www.texasstudies.com/ColoringBook.htm

Texas Farm coloring
http://www.txfb.org/AgClass/coloring.asp

Texas flag/state coloring sheet
http://www.texasbob.com/color/color5.html

http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/texas.html

Learn about Texas – Coloring book, activities
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/kids/about_texas/

http://www.tx.audubon.org/fledglings/fledglings.htm

Crayola States Color pages
http://www.crayola.com/activitybook/subact.cfm?id=67&maincat=4

Craft ideas/worksheets
http://www.zoomschool.com/usa/states/texas/

Texas UNIT STUDIES
http://www.thekcrew.net/rodeo.html
http://www.geocities.com/melissajl2000/texas.htm
http://www.easyfunschool.com/Texas.html
http://www.theonehope.org/thematicunit/
http://www.imaginedreambelieve.com/Texas.html

CUTE unit study
http://www.mrspohlmeyerskinderpage.com/texascowboysrodeo.htm

Texas Cowboy lesson plans
http://www.texasdiary.com/teach/texas-cowboys.html

Texas Lesson Plans (Geography)
http://webpages.acs.ttu.edu/skoss/geography_of_texas_lesson_plans.htm

DON’t MESS WITH TEXAS free education materials to order
http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/education.php

Twisted Texas – It is NOT illegal to pick bluebonnets
http://www.texastwisted.com/reports/bluebonnets/
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The Flower Mound library has a series of books called “Bluebonnet at..”
by Mary Brooke Casad. Bluebonnet is an armadillo that visits different
areas of Texas. We have not read the book where she visits Dinosaur
Valley State Park so I can’t/won’t vouch for the content of that one.
However, the books we have read are full of wonderful historical
information about our state. For example, “Bluebonnet at the Texas State
Capitol” explains why our state has TWO official ‘state mammals’ where
other states only have one.

Unit study book, “Cantering the Country,” which studies each
state.
General reference books:
Texas by Anne Welsbacher
Texas facts and symbols by Emily McAuliffe
Geography:
Rio Grande
History Topics and Biographies:
Sam Houston
Stephen Austin
Jim Bowie
The Alamo
Rodeos
Lyndon B Johnson
George W Bush
Laura Bush
Science:
Longhorn (official large mammal)
Pecan Tree (official state tree)
Bluebonnet (official state flower)
Prairie Chickens
Blue Topaz (official state gem)
Prairie Dog
Armadillo (official small mammal)
Tornadoes
Literature:
Texas Tomboy by Lois Lenski
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
The day the circus came to Lone Tree by Glen Rounds
Cowpokes by Caroline Stutson
Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley
Raising Sweetness by Diane Stanley
Related Activities:
Have a tornado drill! (What a great time of year for this, too!)

Here is a neat web-site:
http://www.booknuts readingclub. com/readacrossam erica.html
Books from their Texas section include
Susanna of the Alamo by John Jakes
The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie De Paola
Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg
Voices of the Alamo by Sherry Garland

Another neat site for Texas information:
http://www.gale. com/DiscoverAmerica/guides/
(Download is ~24 pages of Texas information/activities. )

Ideas for a Texas unit study:
http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog /a/sustx. htm

Another site w/Texas information:
http://www.netstate .com/

SHOE BOX THEATER
http://www.papergoods.com/shoe_box.shtml
http://www.parents-talk.com/familyfun/crafts/cr_0014.html
DIORAMAS
Neat Southwest, etc – http://www.hitentertainment.com/artattack/3dpicturebox.html
How to –
http://www.michtoy.com/MTSCnewSite/reference_folder/school_project_folder/school_project.html
ABC Teach Fantasy – http://abcteach.com/FunPages/fantasy.htm
http://fantasyguide.stormthecastle.com/shoebox_diorama/shoebox_diorama1.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/diorama/
VERY cool – http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/do/dioramas.html
Farm – http://www.ragshop.com/crafts/childrens/dfarm.cfm
Dora – http://www.nickjr.com/parenting/activity_finder/crafts/dora/dora_winter_diorama.jhtml
Desert – http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/online_field_journal/dr/drdt/drdtmain.html
Ocean ones – http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=e03798&categoryid=68
http://www.gigglepotz.com/sm_umderwaterdio.htm
photos – http://www.greendoorstudio.net/diorama.html

Awesome winter scene – http://www.fashion-era.com/Christmas/christmas_card_shoebox_wonderland.htm
http://www.williamdurbin.com/present.htm

Mini Scenes in Tins
http://www.dreamwater.org/minibee/Scenes_in_Tins.htm
Victorian card
http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/20u/iH802.html

Popcorn bluebonnets – only I know of one student (at least) who would eat it so I don’t want to use tempra paint so I was thinking of blue powdered jello or kool-aid? I don’t want to do the crinkle tissue paper since we recently did Valentine tissue paper hearts.

Here’s a good pattern – http://www.coloring.ws/t_template.asp?t=http://www.coloring.ws/flowers/bluebonnet.gif

Bluebonnets
We have a large bluebonnet Ellison die-cut at our school. I die-cut the bluebonnet on green construction paper. Popped popcorn is colored with dry blue tempra paint. Put the popped popcorn in a Ziploc bag with a small amount of dry paint. The students glue the popcorn on the bluebonnet. Use can also use blue and white tissue paper.

I like the longhorn here http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/texasprint_8.htm

Native American craft too like this dreamcatcher
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Dreamcatcher.shtml
or this one
http://www.teachersfirst.com/summer/dreamcatcher.htm

Garden stepping stones like this
http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/ArtsAndCrafts/Crafts/GardenStone.html
Use marbles on them in the shape of Texas?

Cloring books again here are some good pages –
All symbols on 1 page
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_lf_k0700_1119.pdf

cute Texas map
http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/texas.html

I like this one
http://www.southwestern.edu/student-life/organizations/su-native/directions.shtml

FREE TX QUIZ
http://www.bookrags.com/studyguide-texas/free-quiz.html#gsc.tab=0

Georgetown History
http://www.georgetown-texas.org/history.htm

DEAD LINKS
http://www.bookrags.com/wiki/Georgetown,_Texas
http://www.wchm-tx.org/georgetown.htm

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One Response to Let’s Study Texas History :)

  1. Michele says:

    Great links here!! Thanks for all your research. I’m benefitting from your hard work. Now that I have a printer, I can print some of these off. Enjoy your Texas study!

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