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Teaching about Texas Indians? European Settlers? African American settlers and soldiers? Here's a handy list of lessons and interactive student activities on Texas Beyond History that correspond to these topics. And for geography, check below for links to virtual field trips and galleries of natural resources on TBH.

E = Elementary grade level, S = Secondary grade level

Topic Lesson Plan Grade Level
E    S
Subject & Skills Related Interactive Related Exhibit
 

Texas Indians (prehistoric)

 

Comparing Two Cultures

 

X

science, writing

Detectives Into the Past: Ancient Diet

Hinds Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's Cookin' at Honey Creek

X

X

geography, sequencing

 

Honey Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stratigraphy: Layers of T ime

 

X

earth science, sequencing

Digging Through Layers of Time

Richard Beene

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slow Rot or Not

X

X

scientific method, environment

Stepping Back in Time

Granado Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kincaid Creatures

X

X

earth science, math

Time Travel to an Ancient Rockshelter

Kincaid Shelter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a Caddo Circle Book

X

X

writing, drawing, math

World of the Caddo

Tejas: Life and Times of the Caddo


 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Indians (historic)

 

Drawing Our Lives: Plains Indian Ledger Art

X

X

writing, drawing

 

The Schild Ledger Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Buffalo?

 

X

writing, drawing, geographpy

How Many Ways Can You Use A Buffalo?

Red River War


           
Topic Lesson Plan Grade Level
E    S
Subject & Skills Related Interactive Related Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Europeans

Spanish

Digging Deeper: Mission San Saba

 

X

writing, drawing, charts

 

Mission San Saba

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabeza de Vaca Meets the Coahuiltecans

X

X

mapping, writing, drawing

Through the Eyes of an Explorer

Learning from Cabeza de Vaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Paso and the Oldest Mission in Texas

 

X

geography, research

Mapping the Past in the El Paso Valley

El Paso Missions

 

 

 

 

 

 

French

Death on Board La Belle

X

X

science, math

Clues From the Bones

La Belle Shipwreck

 

 

 

 

 

 

The French in Texas

X

 

research, writing

 

La Belle Shipwreck

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ft. St. Louis: Do-It-Yourself History 

 

X

research, writing, 

 

Ft. St. Louis: La Salle in South Texas


 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethnic Groups

Mexican-Americans

Living on A Cotton Farm

X

X

geography, economics

 

Osborne Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

African-Americans

Piecing Together History

 

X

mapping, writing

 

Rubin Hancock Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life on an African-American Farm

X

 

art, charts, drawing, drama

Life After Slavery

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom Colonies & Beyond: Life After Slavery

 

X

geography, charts, primary research

 

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizenship After Slavey

 

X

government, primary research

 

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analyzing African-American Artifacts

 

X

Bloom's Taxonomy

 

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead


           
Topic Lesson Plan Grade Level
E    S
Subject & Skills Related Interactive Related Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War & Reconstruction

 

Writing Protest Songs

 

X

research, writing, music

 

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life on an African-American Farm

X

 

art, charts, drawing, drama

Life After Slavery

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom Colonies & Beyond

 

X

geography, charts, research

 

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizenship After Slavery

 

X

government, research 

 

Ransom & Sarah Williams Farmstead


 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Frontier

 

A Day in the Life

X

 

research, writing 

Ft. Griffin and the Flat

Texas Frontier Forts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Business?

X

 

geography, economics

 

Ft. Griffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving West With the Forts

 

X

geography, mapping

 

U.S. Army on the Texas Frontier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeline for the West Texas Frontier

X

X

sequencing, drawing

 

Texas Frontier Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Ways of Life

 

 

sequencing, cause and effect

 

Passing of the Indian Era

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Buffalo?

 

X

writing, drawing

 

Red River War


 

 

 

 

 

 

20th Century

 

Teaching about Logging & Sawmills

 

X

geography, math, economics

 

Aldridge Sawmill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living on A Cotton Farm

X

X

geography, economics

 

Osborne Farm

 

Great Tools for Teaching Geography of Texas

All exhibits on Texas Beyond History have numerous color photos showing landscapes and environmental contexts across the state. In addition, see these specific resources:

Texas’ Natural Resources: Galleries of Plants, Animals, and Rocks and Minerals

South Texas

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/st-plains/nature/index.html

Central and Southwest Texas

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/plateaus/nature/index.html

Trans-Pecos Mountains, Basins http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/trans-p/nature/index.html

Take a Virtual Field Trip to See Texas Landscapes and Rivers

South Texas Plains

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/st-plains/index.html
(Lay of the Land)

Central and Southwest Texas Plateaus and Canyonlands

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/plateaus/index.html
(Lay of the Land)

Pineywoods (East Texas)

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/aldridge/forest.html

Lower Pecos canyonlands (southwest)

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/hinds/natural.html
http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/pecos/natural.html

Central Texas

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/kincaid/env.html
http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/beene/natural.html

Central North Texas

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/bowie/environment.html

Trans Pecos Mountains and Basins

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/trans-p/index.html

Learn about How Rivers Change Landscapes over Time:

Stratification in Action

http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/beene/digging/index.php