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Through the analysis of primary-source archival footage from TAMI’s interactive web exhibit, “Weathering Texas,” students will demonstrate an understanding of extreme weather events in Texas during the 20th and 21st centuries. Teachers will take students in grades 3 - 8 on a “guided tour” of “Weathering Texas,” where students will explore the historical context of certain events and the conditions that made them...
THEME: The completion of the transcontinental railroad not only made it easier to transport goods and people across the country, it also put an end to the hard work of the thousands of immigrant railroad workers and Americans who constructed the railroad. Its completion was cause for much celebration, that's why the Golden Spike Ceremony took place. SUBJECTS: Language Arts, History, Drama OBJECTIVES: To gain an...
Transcontinental Railroad offers insights into topics in American history including the settling of the West; manifest destiny; contact and conflicts between Native Americans and white settlers; experiences of workers, including Chinese immigrants and Civil War veterans, in building the railroad; 19th century speculators and the rush to claim land; the Crédit Mobilier scandal and the backroom dealings that financed...
The Old Red Museum offers a variety of youth programs for children outside of the school setting, such as daycare programs, summer programs, holiday programs and scouting programs. Reservations are required.
Originally the State of Texas exhibit for the 1968 World’s Fair held in San Antonio, the Institute of Texan Cultures was simultaneously defined as a permanent research and production center dealing with the history of the peoples who make up Texas. The Institute’s charge as an educational center has not changed and the peoples of Texas remain fascinating and complex. Texas is, of course, a land, a state, once a...
This easy to incorporate activity will inspire inquiry-based learning that will teach your students how to analyze and interpret images, and bring the museum experienceto your classroom! As educators, we at the ITC understand that you may need to adapt these lessons to fit the constructs of your classroom and the needs of your students. Please feel free to copy the handouts included or create your own! We hope that...
Teaching with Stuff: Artifacts in the Classroom brings the museum experience to you! This easy to incorporate activity was designed to inspire inquiry-based learning and to help teach students how to analyze and interpret objects.
Teaching with Stuff: Architecture in the Classroom brings the museum experience to you! This easy to incorporate activity was designed to inspire inquiry-based learning and to help teach students how to analyze and interpret historic buildings. The contents of this guide are based on Social Studies TEKS for grades four through eight, but can easily be modified for lower or upper grades depending on your individual...
The Portal to Texas History and their companion site Resources 4 Educators offer My Texas History Notebook lessons, designed to engage students through activities and group-oriented projects. The activities include creating maps, conducting debates, and role playing. Some of the lessons bridge contemporary issues with historical events, such as the lessons Branches of State Government and Immigration to Texas.
There are many ways that people learn about their past, their culture, and their traditions. While much of this knowledge can be gained through books, history and culture can also be passed down through experiences and personal records. One such record that can teach more about the past is the home movie. Home movies enable the engaged observer to learn about ways of life from the not-so-distant past. Styles,...
Through the analysis of primary source archival footage from TAMI’s online exhibit, “When Texas Saw Red,” students will demonstrate an understanding of the Cold War period that spanned nearly half a century. Students will explore the politics of the atomic bomb and the policy of containment, propagated paranoia related to the spread of communism, the nuclear arms race and détente, as well as the fall of the Berlin...
The lesson plan was developed collaboratively by Texas History curriculum writer Beth Hudson (Austin ISD), Dr. Bryan Stone, author of The Chosen Folks: Jews on the Frontiers of Texas; and PEI professionals. It utilizes standards in multiple strands, e.g., religious freedom; frontier expansion, cattle, oil, and railroad industries; and civil rights, to explore the impact made to and on Texas by multiple unique racial...
How do you use objects and images in your classroom to inspire curiousity? Our engaging "Images in the Classroom" activity will help teach your students how to analyze and interpret images.
This easy to incorporate activity will inspire inquiry-based learning that will teach your students how to analyze and interpret objects, and bring the museum experience to your classroom!
Lesson plan with associated activities introduces students to the importance of understanding and preserving local history by using Texas Historical Markers as a resource.
In What Do Historical Objects Tell Me?, students will learn how to analyze objects and pictures to gather important information about their features, provenance, authenticity, and reliability.
The Texas Archive of the Moving Image's new lesson plan for grade 4 and grade 7 uses primary and secondary source audiovisual materials to examine and trace the history and experiences of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest and Texas from the sixteenth to twentieth century. The lesson plan uses archival footage to encourage students' understanding of how the Mexican-American experience ties to indigenous and Spanish...
n the summer of 2013 The Sixth Floor Museum received a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to support John F. Kennedy, Dallas and the Struggle for Civil Rights, a weeklong teacher training institute. Participants from all over North Texas—and one educator from Virginia—heard presentations from humanities scholars, an archivist and a civil rights activist....
Educational trunks are loaded with touchable artifacts, photographs, books and a Teacher’s Guide. Trunks are loaned out for 4 days on a first-call, first-served basis. Teachers are responsible for picking up the trunk before 5:00 pm on Friday and returning the trunks no later than 5:00 pm the following Thursday. The trunk is portable, fitting in most vehicles. The teacher who receives the trunk is responsible for...
How to use WORD SPLASH: 1. Students work in pairs. Each person will need a reading journal or sheet of notebook paper and a pencil. 2. As a pre-reading activity, display an overhead that relates to the article to be read. Explain that the words that the students are looking at relate to the article that they will be reading about. Read the words aloud to students. 3. Tell the students that they need to connect two...
Students will be introduced to 8 notable 20th century Texans through the use of primary source video. Students will then research and develop a presentation about an additional 20th century Texan mentioned in the TEKS.Texans included: Denton Cooley, Michael DeBakey, Horton Foote, J. Frank Dobie, Sam Rayburn, Henry B. Gonzalez, Oveta Culp Hobby, Barbara Jordan, and Lyndon B. Johnson.
A lesson plan from the Texas Almanac about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Texas.
Early Texas Panhandle people lived close to water sources such as the Canadian River and its tributaries. In order for the area to open up, a way had to be found that would bring water to the people rather than people going to the water. In the late 1890's the windmill became the answer. Water was found underground and the windmill could pump it to the surface. This lesson plan takes your students back in time when...
Through the use of primary source video, students will develop an understanding of cotton farming in Texas and the technological innovations that have led to Texas's flourishing cotton industry.
This collection of lesson plans from the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundtion are designed specifically for the 4th and 7th grade classroom. All lesson focus on womens history.
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