As many of you probably know, Texas teachers are required to teach more each year, but given the same amount of time to get the job done effectively. Jennifer and I put our heads together to create a lesson that integrates Reading, Writing, Texas History, and some Math, in an entertaining story - told by an all-business horse and a comical donkey - that leaves students laughing and wanting to read more.
The focus of the stories is Texas History, which many teachers have to omit from the day-to-day teaching, due to a lack of time. However, we determined that, if a teacher uses the stories in an English Language Arts class, the teacher and students will get the benefit of two areas of emphasis, because the stories cover 4th grade ELA TEKS and Texas History TEKS. We actually recommend that other teachers use them as an ELA unit. We even added a little 4th grade Math as an added bonus!
We have included many Reading, Writing, Texas History, and Math questions for students to answer. All of these challenging questions are supported by 4th grade TEKS/STAAR. We have also included ELA challenge questions, vocabulary and research topics.
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