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Texas, Pecos Bill, tall tales OH MY!
19 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Social Studies, Free. Posted By: Kristen Smith

Yee Haw! We are studying Texas this week. I am so stinkin’ pumped about this unit. There is a saying here that goes something like, “I wasn’t born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could.”

Now, y’all (see what I did there?!) know that I am a New Englander through and through. I love a good bowl of clam chowder, LOVE the Red Sox and adore the smell of the Atlantic Ocean.

But….

With all that said, I live in Texas now and we pledge to the Texas flag every.stinkin.day. at school.

((Is that weird to anyone else?!))

Seriously  though, I love Texas. I love the food, (queso… Mmmmmm) the music, the culture, the people, the flowers…. EVERYTHING! Breakfast tacos were seriously missing from my life before I moved  here. If you have never had a breakfast taco, GET ONE NOW.  I remember the first time I drove down to Texas, I called my brother and said, “B, you’re never going to believe what these people eat. BREAKFAST TACOS.” He goes, “Kristen! Get off the phone and try one now. You have to tell me what is in it.”

So, I did. The rest is history. Amazing.

So, (I digress) This week we are studying Texas and tall tales.

I went to Barnes and Noble and grabbed these books.

FABULOUS. 
Our Texas is an amazing picture book and I am so excited to read Armadily Chili with my class on Friday when we make crockpot chili during the day!! On Friday, we are going to not only make chili in class, we are also going to eat cornbread and tell our very own tall tales. It is going to be a great day. :) 

Here are my visual lesson plans for y’all.

 During my small groups we will be working on our Texas words, we will read a Pecos Bill story, and practice with shades of meaning words. (These will help us in our writing as we are writing our very own tall tales.)

Most of my centers from this week are from my new Western Pack.
In it I include tons of vocabulary words and everything you need to teach your class about Pecos Bill and tall tales. It also has 5 literacy centers, a student weekly checklist, and TONS of recording pages. 
This week in Phonics we are working on “ou” and “ow” words. Here is a FREEBIE for you!! 
(It’s even CC aligned. WOO) 
If you would like to see some more weekly visual plans, click on the picture below! 
I hope you all had a great Monday! 

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4 Comments
  1. JD -

    Nice! Studying Texas is one of the best things you can teach those kids. Hahaha! You didn’t mention who your favorite Texan is though. 😉

  2. Looks like a lot of fun! We do a tall tales unit- this would be great!
    Squirrels
    Going Nutty!
    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

  3. Oh goodness… this looks amazing!! I love tall tales!
    The Moffatt Girls

  4. Liz -

    I always wondered what would happen if I moved out of Georgia and had to teach another state’s history…I mean the stuff comes second nature to me (I even took a GA history class in college). But the Texas stuff looks so fun!

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  • JD -

    Nice! Studying Texas is one of the best things you can teach those kids. Hahaha! You didn’t mention who your favorite Texan is though. 😉

  • Looks like a lot of fun! We do a tall tales unit- this would be great!
    Squirrels
    Going Nutty!
    misssquirrels@yahoo.com

  • Oh goodness… this looks amazing!! I love tall tales!
    The Moffatt Girls

  • Liz -

    I always wondered what would happen if I moved out of Georgia and had to teach another state’s history…I mean the stuff comes second nature to me (I even took a GA history class in college). But the Texas stuff looks so fun!

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