The Back 40


An outdoor living history exhibit

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Discover the Back 40 Tour

The Back 40 general tour provides students with an overview of Texas History while exploring themes of community, identity, regionalism, immigration, and technology. This tour invites students to think critically about the past in Texas. Students will tour up to five buildings, including the 1870s Dogtrot Log House, 1880s Frontier Fort, 1890s One-Room Schoolhouse, 1900s Hill-Country Barn, and 1910s West Texas Adobe House.

Tuesday–Friday (October 1–May 15)
Tour Times: 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Duration: 1 hour

Discover the Back 40 Tour Educator Guide: Pre- and Post-Visit Classroom Activities

Discover Back 40 Pre Post Activities Cover
 
These activities will introduce your students to the different types of buildings, artifacts, and themes they will encounter during their Back 40 Discovery Tour and allow them to expand and reflect on their experiences after their visit.
 
Grade Level: 4 (can be easily adapted for lower or upper grades)
 
Subjects: Social studies (geography, history, economics), art (creative expression/performance), language arts
 
Click here to access and download an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
 

Back 40 Experience Tour

The Back 40 Experience Tour provides students an enhanced understanding of culture in Texas. Students will engage in guided discovery in one of the five buildings, exploring the past through group activity, artifact analysis and critical thinking. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast their lives with those of people from the past.

Mondays (October 1–April)
Tour Time: 10:30 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours

There are currently three Back 40 Experience Tours. All Experience Tours include enhanced curriculum with pre- and post-visit activities and are designed to compliment the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
 

Ringing in the Children: A Texas One-Room Schoolhouse Experience

In this Back 40 Experience tour students experience a rural one-room schoolhouse and compare their lives to the past. Historical interpreters provide the daily lessons and culture of a one-room schoolhouse. Students will learn the "Three R’s" and engage in schoolyard games.

Recommended Audience: Grades 2-5

Click on the image below to access the Rural One-Room Schoolhouse educator guide that accompanies our one-room schoolhouse experience tour.

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In this package, you will find everything you will need to implement a primary source based lesson.

Grade Level: 4

Subjects: Social studies (culture), language arts (writing/literary texts, listening and speaking/teamwork)

 

 

With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734: An Adobe House Experience

In this Back 40 Experience tour students experience life in Villa de San Fernando de Bexar and compare their lives to the past. Historical interpreters guide exploration of adobe, domestic life in early San Antonio and the duties of presidio soldiers.

Recommended Audience: Grades 2-4

Click on the image below to access the With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734 educator guide that accompanies our adobe house experience tour.

With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734

 

This unique learning experience allows students to follow a day in the life of Domingo Leal, a ten-year-old boy living in San Antonio during the 18th century.

Grade Level: 4
 
Subjects: Social studies (history), language arts (reading comprehension, listening), art (perception, creative performance/expression)
 

 

 

Send in the Cavalry: Life and Conflict on the Texas Frontier (Fort Experience)

In this Back 40 Experience tour students explore how soldiers helped build and protect the Texas frontier. Students discover the unique culture of a frontier fort, including the families that lived alongside the soldiers. Students will enlist and embark on a tactical scouting expedition.
 
Recommended Audience: Grades 6-8
 
Click on the image below to access the Send in the Cavalry: Conflict on the Texas Frontier educator guide that accompanies our fort experience tour.
 
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This activity allows students to participate, imagine, compare, contrast and immerse themselves in a nineteenth century frontier fort.
 
Grade Level: 7
 
Subjects: Social studies (history, geography)
 
 
 
 
To view more educator resources, click here.
 

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To reserve a tour for a student group, please call (210) 458-2291 or e-mail MuseumTours@UTSA.edu. Click here for more information on student tours and here for more information on group tours.
 

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