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Institute of Texan Cultures

Teaching with Stuff: Oral Histories in the Classroom

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 your students. Please feel free to copy the handouts included or create your own!

Flags of Texas Settlers

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 nation, a huge and mixed ecology, a ritual happening, a stereotype, an economy, a state of mind, a way of life – and people.

Teaching Outside the Classroom: Growing Texas

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 past, the present, and the future. Through this lesson, we hope that your students are inspired to get outdoors and develop a healthy and active lifestyle.

Teaching with Stuff: Images in the Classroom

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 you will visit us at the Institute of Texan Cultures, and continue to use our classroom resources to promote your students’ learning experiences.

Teaching with Stuff: Architecture in the Classroom

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 classroom needs.

Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

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 have any questions before your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Why We Came: The Immigration Experience Part III

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 exhibit Why We Came: The Immigration Experience, and can be used independently in the classroom.

Why We Came: The Immigration Experience Part II

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 Came: The Immigration Experience, and can be used independently in the classroom.

Why We Came: The Immigration Experience Part I

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 Immigration Experience, and can be used independently in the classroom.
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