The fourth unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to the explorers and missions of Texas. European explorers discussed include: Columbus, Cortes, Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, La Salle, and other Texas Explorers. The mission and presidio system are also included in this unit, along with descriptions and important information regarding why and how this system developed.
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
Recipes for vermicelli and flour tortillas
Six Flags Activity Chart
Explorers Flip Book
Comic Strip Template
Early Explorers to the New World Activity
Mission Doors Craft
Missions, Presidios, & Early Towns Chart
Major Missions of Texas Activity
Texas Outline Map
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
This unit should keep your students busy and happy for 3-4 weeks!