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!
Homeschool Blogger’s US Geography State Notebook – with ideas listed
FREE STATE Report BOOKLET (for use with any state!)http://www.abcteach.com/free/s/statereport_upper_standard.pdf
*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
Texas Parks and Wildlife printables for kids – coloring books, activity books, crafts!
INCLUDING A TEXAS SYMBOLS COLORING BOOK
UNIT STUDY OF TEXAS
ideas and printable pages, historical figures worksheets, etc.
Printable 12 Major Rivers of Texas Map – Rivers in blue – LOVE this!
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
Blank Outline Rivers of Texas Map
Texas Natives Map
Natural Regions of Texas – to color
7 Regions – PDF ACTIVITY BOOK (see page 5 of 52)
Labeled Outline Map SEVEN Regions of Tx
Texas Region (4) Map
4 Regions based on mammal distribution
REGIONS of Tx – 7, 4, and MORE!
Texas State Map to Label (Cities)
4th Grade Travel Brochure Assignment
Texas Quarter coloring page
GRADES K-6 | Science
Dino Pit Discoveries Coloring Sheets: Texas Pterosaur – PDF
Texas Hill Country Tourist Armadillo
6 Flags Coloring Page
pecos bill coloring page
In Texas, March 2 is an official state holiday – Texas Independence Day!!
Hear Texas State Song
Links to lesson plans, worksheets, etc.
Texas Senate Kids
Texas Beyond History starts with a site map to archaeological sites around Texas.
Texas DOT – for kids
World Almanac for kids – Texas http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/explore/states/texas.html
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:)
Western Coloring Pages – TOO cute!
Texas coloring pages, clipart
Texas Farm coloring
Texas flag/state coloring sheet
Learn about Texas – Coloring book, activities
Crayola States Color pages
Texas UNIT STUDIES
CUTE unit study
Texas Cowboy lesson plans
Texas Lesson Plans (Geography)
DON’t MESS WITH TEXAS free education materials to order
Twisted Texas – It is NOT illegal to pick bluebonnets
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
General reference books:
Texas by Anne Welsbacher
Texas facts and symbols by Emily McAuliffe
History Topics and Biographies:
Lyndon B Johnson
George W Bush
Longhorn (official large mammal)
Pecan Tree (official state tree)
Bluebonnet (official state flower)
Blue Topaz (official state gem)
Armadillo (official small mammal)
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
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:
(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:
SHOE BOX THEATER
Neat Southwest, etc – http://www.hitentertainment.com/artattack/3dpicturebox.html
How to –
ABC Teach Fantasy – http://abcteach.com/FunPages/fantasy.htm
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
photos – http://www.greendoorstudio.net/diorama.html
Mini Scenes in Tins
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
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
or this one
Garden stepping stones like this
Use marbles on them in the shape of Texas?
Cloring books again here are some good pages –
All symbols on 1 page
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