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Texas' cultural heritage and archeology can be taught using many different objectives in different subject areas from the state-mandated curriculum guidelines, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Because archeology is an interdisciplinary field, archeological topics and skills fit easily into language arts, math, science, art, and social studies classes. Archeological content about the prehistoric and historic past fit snuggly into social studies TEKS objectives under history, geography, economics, citizenship, culture, science-technology-and society, and of course, social studies skills objectives. Suitable TEKS objectives for archeology in fourth grade and seventh grade Texas history are found below. TBH lesson plans are correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the provisions of which became effective in the school year 2011-2012. Individual lessons may still reference previous standards.

To see TEKS for language arts, math, science, and art, visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/.

Fourth-Grade Texas History TEKS for Cultural Heritage and Archeology

Seventh-Grade Texas History TEKS for Cultural Heritage and Archeology

Fourth-grade Texas History TEKS for Cultural Heritage and Archeology

4.1 History

similarities and differences of Native American groups in Texas and the Western hemisphere before European exploration

4.6 Geography

uses geographic tools to collect, analyze, and interpret data

4.8 Geography

the location, patterns of settlement, and geographic factors that influence where people live

4.9 Geography

how people adapt to and modify their environment

4.10 Economics

basic economic patterns of early societies

4.18 Citizenship

the importance of voluntary individual participation in the democratic process

4.20 Culture

contributions of people of various backgrounds

4.21 Science, Technology and Society

the impact of science and technology

4.22-4.24 Social Studies Skills

critical thinking, using information, analyzing data, communication, problem-solving and decision-making

Seventh-grade Texas History TEKS for Cultural Heritage and Archeology

7.1-7.7 History

traditional historical points in Texas history, from before the Texas Revolution to the contemporary era

7.8-7.11 Geography

uses geographic tools to collect, analyze and interpret data, the concept of regions, interaction of humans and the environment, characteristics, distribution and migration of population

7.16 Citizenship

rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens

7.19 Culture

diversity within unity

7.20 Science, Technology and Society

the impact of science and technology on society

7.21-7.23 Social Studies Skills

critical thinking, using information, analyzing data, communication, problem-solving and decision-making