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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 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.

Cowboys and Cattle Drives, 1865-1885

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. If you should have any questions before the visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Send in the Cavalry: Conflict on the Texas Frontier

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 handouts included or create your own! We look forward to seeing you on your visit to Institute of Texan Cultures and the Back 40.

Los Tejanos: The Ranching Experience

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 aspect of Tejano culture.

Texans One and All

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 diffusion and assimilation. For your convenience, the 2013 revised version of Texans One and All has been broken into sections and organized by the migration topic it reflects.
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