The third unit of "The Spirit of Texas" Texas History curriculum introduces students to the Native Americans of Texas, their history, and the buffalo. Tribes detailed in this unit include Caddos, Karankawa, Coahuiltecans, Comanche, Tonkawa, Apache, Jumano, Tigua, and a page devoted to additional tribes in Texas.
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
Triple Venn Diagram
Buffalo Part Chart
Two Copy Work Exercises
Chart of Indian Tribes
Comic Strip Template
Three Sisters Soup Recipe
Comprehension Questions for each passage
Unit Test: Texas Native Americans
Additional Suggested Resources
Bibliography and Credits
The reading and activities included in this unit should keep for students busy and happy for at least four weeks!