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Part III provides students with the opportunity to research the pros and cons of immigration and choose a stance in the debate. Immigration is a major topic today in politics, the news, and the TEKS. This guide explores the subject of immigration through lessons, resources and strategies to help students grasp these difficult concepts. The resources, strategies and activities in this guide are inspired by the...
Part II shows you how to use oral histories in the classroom. Immigration is a major topic today in politics, the news, and the TEKS. This guide explores the subject of immigration through lessons, resources and strategies to help students grasp these difficult concepts, and ultimately better prepare them for the STAAR tests. The resources, strategies and activities in this guide are inspired by the exhibit Why We...
Part I: Background Information on immigration and introduces students to important vocabulary words. Immigration is a major topic today in politics, the news, and the TEKS. This guide explores the subject of immigration through lessons, resources and strategies to help students grasp these difficult concepts. The resources, strategies and activities in this guide are inspired by the exhibit Why We Came: The...
In this package, you will find everything that you will need to implement lessons to maximize your students’ learning experience with the exhibit. We know 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 look forward to bringing the museum experience to your classroom. If you should...
Thank you for choosing Cowboys and Cattle Drives, 1865-1885. In this package, you will find everything you will need to implement a primary source based lesson. We know 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 look forward to bringing the museum experience to your classroom....
Thank you for choosing the “Gone to Texas”, Texas Pioneer, 1830-1860. In this package, you will find everything you will need to implement a primary source based lesson. We know 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 look forward to bringing the museum experience to your...
Thank you for choosing Teaching Outside the Classroom: Growing Texas. These easy to incorporate activities will inspire inquiry-based learning and bring the museum experience to your classroom! This activity includes images and documents intended to inspire outdoor education and participation, while focusing on the geography of Texas. As a Let’s Move! museum, the ITC is committed to bridging the gaps between the...
Thank you for choosing Send in the Cavalry: Life and Conflict on the Texas Frontier. This unique learning experience allows students to participate, imagine, compare, contrast and immerse themselves in a nineteenth century frontier fort. 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...
Thank you for choosing 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. To use this lesson in your classroom, be sure to also download a free copy of With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734 by Marian L. Martinello and Samuel P. Nesmith and other related materials. As...
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...
Thank you for choosing Oral Histories in the Classroom. This easy to incorporate activity will inspire inquiry based learning that will teach your students how to analyze and interpret primary sources and use oral histories to dig deeper into their study of culture and history. 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...
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...
This resource guide gives students the chance to learn about influential Tejano activists. Students will use critical thinking and inference skills to develop a visual timeline for Emma Tenayuca, an important but sometimes overlooked Texan activist. Then, students will be given the opportunity to research and develop a visual timeline presentation for an activist of their choice. Throughout the activities, students...
Los Tejanos: The Ranching Experience explores the legacy of ranching from a unique cultural perspective and offers students a glimpse into what life was like for people working and thriving on Texas ranches. This resource guide provides students with learning activities that give them the opportunity to engage with the past, where they will refine critical thinking skills while learning about the value of work as an...
Carmen Lomas Garza’s “A Plaza in Texas in the 1930's”, currently on display in our Los Tejanos exhibit, offers a glimpse into the past and the details of a unique culture. This resource guide provides students with a visual way to connect with a previous era. Students will use critical thinking skills to analyze and make personal connections to “A Plaza in Texas in the 1930’s”. The contents of this guide are based...
Originally published in 1998 as a guide to the ITC Exhibit Floor, Texans One and All introduces students to 26 settlement groups that have shaped Texan culture. Specifically covered in the new corresponding activities are the push and pull theory of immigration, including political, social, economic, and environmental push and pull factors, forced migration, and an introduction to the study of culture, cultural...
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educators tour of our new long-term exhibit Los Tejanos.
This guide explores the subject of immigration through lessons, resources and strategies to help students grasp these difficult concepts.
Using videos, audio recordings, or oral history transcripts, this activity inspires inquiry-based learning that will teach your students how to use oral histories to dig deeper into their study of culture and history.
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!
This lesson plan introduces fourth grade students to Texas Pioneer Culture using primary sources.
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).
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