The ninth unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to cowboys and Native Americans in Texas following the Civil War. Topics in this unit include: Texas Native Americans After the Civil War, the Plains Indians Attack, Native Americans on the Rio Grande, Cattle Business and Ranching, Cowboy Life and Cattle Drive Map, Farming, and Change and Progress Close Out the 19th Century.
Students begin by reading a short passage (1-2 pages) from the "Daily Reading" text found at the beginning of the unit. Following the silent or oral reading, students will answer the passage comprehension questions, and proceed to the Activity Guide section.
The Activity Guide section offers a multitude of cross-curricular activities related to the topic of the passage read. Math, science, crafts, vocabulary (vocabulary is bold/italicized in the daily reading text), geography, copy work, writing prompts, and many more exercises are described and suggested, along with reproducible worksheets. Also included are recommended books, art to explore, related websites, music and songs to learn, places to visit, and a supply list.
Reproducible handouts to be used to reinforce reading passage concepts include:
A to Z Chart
Copy Work (Buffalo Hunt)
Cattle Trail Map Activity
U.S. Outline Map
Cowboy Boot Craft Activity
Comic Strip Template
Identify Fact and Opinion Activity
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for at least 2 weeks!