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This is an interactive guide that includes descriptions for all of the programs and educator resources available by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in a printable format. For more information please contact Education Coordinator Elaina Cunningham at 651-2258 or ecunningham@pphm.wtamu.edu
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...
Days of Dust" is a continuing Texas Panhandle-wide Community Engagement effort surrounding Ken Burns' film The Dust Bowl, which premiered on KACV and all PBS stations November 18 and 19, 2012. "Days of Dust" key partners include Amarillo College, Amarillo Independent School District, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Public Library, KACV - Public Television for the Texas Panhandle, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum...
Windmills were not only important water sources for livestock, farming and pioneers, but water was necessary for the railroad to cross the Texas Panhandle. Early trains required steam to run their engines. Windmills pumped water into water tanks located along the tracks which provided the water for the needed steam. The trains enabled the population to grow quickly in the Panhandle.
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...
Students will research the role of tourism in the Texas economy and examine various festivals and celebrations that play a major role in this important industry. They will look at profit motive, goods and services, and entrepreneurship as factors in the tourism industry. This lesson begins on page 74 of the pdf Texas Economics: Eras and Individuals.
Students will analyze the relationship between reduced consumption and the level of activity in an economy. They will examine the differences between the prices of products (especially groceries) during the Depression and the current market prices for the same items. The lesson begins on page 54 of the pdf Texas Economics - Eras and Individuals.
Students will analyze a poem and a song and use research in the library and on the Internet to produce a skit about life during the 1930s in Texas. The lesson begins on page 48 of the pdf Texas Economics - Eras and Individuals.
Students will examine events from "boomtown" experiences following discovery of oil in Texas communities. Students will look at the factors of increased demand on limited supplies of goods and services and examine the relationship between price and quantity. The lesson begins on page 38 of the pdf Texas Economics - Eras and Individuals.
Students will examine the cycle of farm tenancy that developed in Texas after the Civil War and look at significant factors of supply and demand that played a role in the growth of the system. They will look at changes brought about by New Deal government regulations and the development and implementation of new technologies. Students will complete a cause-effect graphic that highlights the economic relationships of...
Students will learn about and discuss the importance of the aeronautics and aerospace industries in Texas. They will discuss how these industries helped Texas cities grow and how they contributed to the urbanization of the state. This lesson begins on page 124 of the pdf Building an Economy - The Texas Experience.
Students will learn about the diversity of agricultural products grown and raised in Texas. They will compare special purpose maps of Texas regions and agricultural products to draw conclusions about why certain crops are grown where they are. They will read and interpret charts about various agricultural products to determine the changes in agriculture in Texas over time. This lesson plan begins on page 110 of the...
Students will examine events from "boomtown" experiences following the discovery of oil in Texas communities. Students will look at the factors of increased demand on limited supplies of goods and services and examine the relationship between price and quantity. They will analyze photographs of early oil communities to understand the enormous growth that the oil industry produced. This lesson begins on page 100 of...
Students will examine where cotton is grown in Texas and will look at the role of geographic factors (soil, climate) and human resources (workers) in its production. Students will compare the levels of human labor, past and present, in cotton production and understand the importance of this crop to the Texas economy. They will be provided opportunities to analyze charts and maps, and draw inferences and conclusions...
In this lesson, students will study the characteristics of free enterprise and will be given scenarios of various economic activities in Texas. They will be asked to identify those situations that fit the characteristics of free enterprise and those that do not. This lesson plan begins on page 4 of the pdf Building an Economy - The Texas Experience.
A series of lesson plans that focus on the economic history of Texas.
A series of lessons on Building an Economy, with a focus on Texas' economic history.
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