Educator Resources


 

Social Studies Special Topics

 
Explore special topics in social studies and bring the past to life.

Flags of Texas Settlers

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Twenty-four flags of nations representing Texas’ earliest settlement groups are outlined in this activity.
 
Grade Levels:  4-8
 
Subjects: Social studies (citizenship, social studies skills, culture), language arts (research, gathering sources, synthesizing information, organizing and presenting ideas)
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan.

 

 

With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734

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)
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan.
 

 

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Required materials:
 
To use this lesson plan in your classroom, please make sure to also download a copy of the book With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734, available here. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rural One-Room Schoolhouse

Rural One Room Schoolhouse Lessons
 
This unique learning experience allows your students to explore what classroom life was like for students living in rural Texas during the late nineteenth century using primary sources.
 
Grade Level: 4
 
Subjects: Social studies (culture, social studies skills), English language arts
 
Click on the image to the left access the lesson plan.
 
 
 

Send in the Cavalry: Conflict on the Texas Frontier

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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)
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan and materials.
 
 

 

Teaching Outside the Classroom: Growing Texas

Grow Texas

 

This engaging activity includes images and documents intended to inspire outdoor education and participation, while focusing on the geography of Texas.

Grade Levels: 6, 7
 
Subjects: Social studies (primary and secondary source analysis, geography, history), science
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan and materials.

 

 

 

"Gone to Texas" Texas Pioneers, 1830-1860

Gone to Texas, Texas Pioneers Lessons
 
This lesson plan introduces fourth grade students to Texas Pioneer Culture using primary sources.
 
Grade Level: 4
 
Subject: Social studies (primary source analysis, history, economics, geography), language arts
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan. Click here to view the accompanying "Pioneer Idioms" infographic!
 
View an interactive slideshow presentation here.
 
 

Cowboys and Cattle Drives, 1865-1885

 
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This lesson plan uses primary sources to provide an introduction to Cowboy Culture in Texas.
 
Grade Level: 4
 
Subject: Social studies (primary source analysis, history, geography, economics), language arts
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan and materials.
  

 

 

Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

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This lesson plan was designed to accompany the exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
 
Grade Levels: 7-11
 
Subjects: Social studies (history, culture)
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan and materials.
 

 

Teaching with Primary Sources: Vote!

Vote resource

 

Based on U.S. Government Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), this activity includes images and documents intended to inspire civic education and participation, while focusing on young voters.

Grade Level: 12

Subjects: Social studies (primary and secondary source analysis, history), U.S. Government

Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan and materials.

 

 

Teaching Remembrance Through Art

Remembrance Art
 
These easy to incorporate activities will inspire cross-curricular connections that will teach your students how art can be an expression of cultural and religious traditions of remembrance.
 
Grade Level: 6
 
Subjects: Social studies (culture), art (creative expression and performance, cultural/historical heritage, perception)
 
Click on the image to the left to access the lesson plan and materials.
 
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