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Texas sized fun! {making social studies come to life!}
21 Mar, 2014. 6 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science, Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been having SO much fun learning about Texas this week. My students would concur that Texas is a pretty incredible state. We have accomplished SO much and have made some huge strides this week on our language and math concepts. We have ROCKED writing sequence of events with the tall tales we have been reading, and have worked so hard in every area of our days. 
We also have been getting really good at going back into our text to find answers during guided reading. This week we have been focusing on one tall tale daily. During guided reading, my students are diligently working on reading “Tall Tale Magazines” that I wrote. They have seriously loved this. 
I put each article into plastic page protectors and made four identical binders. In the binders I have recording pages, comprehension questions, and the magazine articles. 
 {I use the unifix cubes while my students are reading the articles to themselves. If they get stuck on a word, they flip the cubes over to the red being on top and that signifies to me that I need to help them decode that word. If the green is on top, that means that they are doing well independently.}
While we have been enjoying these magazines, my other students have been working on “tall tale/western/Texas-themed centers.”  Our favorite is scooping words out of chicken feed and writing down the antonyms on the cards.
 During the last 30-45 minutes of our day, we have been learning about Texas. After we learn something, we create a page for our Texas books. These activities have really helped my students retain the facts that they are learning. 
On Monday, we learned that our state flower was the blue bonnet. We then watercolored blue bonnets to put inside our books. 
On Tuesday we learned all about our great city of Austin, about the Texas flag, and our state song! We then created torn paper flags. 
On Wednesday, we learned about the native plants and animals to our state. We then drew pictures of what a Texas scene might look like and wrote about what we might see if we were walking or driving through Texas.
On Wednesday we also learned that the grapefruit it our state fruit. We thoroughly enjoyed taste testing Texas grape fruit and graphing if we liked it or not. 
Today, we learned all about our state food and sport. We learned that our state food was chili and started cooking it was soon as we got to school.
We also learned that our state sport is the rodeo! Luckily, many of my first graders have been to the rodeo and were able to tell us some great stories from their memories. In the afternoon, we read a book called, “I want to be a cowboy” and watched a short youtube video on how to throw a lasso. We then headed outside to give it a go. 
We brought a chair outside as our target and each took multiple turns trying to lasso the chair. 
While none of use were successful, my students LOVED trying! 
It seriously was SO MUCH FUN. 
When we came back inside after all of our hard work, we got to enjoy our chili along with some cornbread. By 2:30, the aromas were divine and we had worked up an appetite! 
Many, many staff members came by to see if there was any left; however, unfortunately, my students devoured it! There was only one spoonful left by the end of the day. 
Tomorrow we will culminate our week of Tall Tales and Texas with a Paul Bunyan breakfast of pancakes, maple syrup, and sausages and a few other surprises! 
If you teach in Texas and would like the pages to our Texas book, you can grab them for free below! Just click on the picture of the little boy showing off his cowboy skills! :) 

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6 Comments
  1. Love this!! I would love to be in your class- looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing the Texas pages!

    Katie :)
    KTP: Keep Teaching and Planning!

  2. This is adorable! I have a craving to move and teach in Texas now! Your class looks wonderful :)

    Faith
    http://theadventureofafutureteacher.blogspot.com/

  3. When I taught Kindergarten, this was one of my favorite units to teach. Texas is a pretty great state with great fun and crazy weather. Stephanie from Principal Principles

  4. What a fantastic week! I would love this for my state! Have a great weekend.
    Alyce

  5. This is fantastic! We’re starting our Texas unit next week. I’m thinking we might make some chili too!

  6. I love all these activities! Thank you for sharing! We are beginning our citizenship unit in 2nd grade this coming week, and one of the parts is all about being a Texan. I can’t wit to use these ideas and resources. My kiddos LOVED the magic playdough that you described as well- I used that on our first day last Monday as an intro to our What is Science unit.

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  • Love this!! I would love to be in your class- looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing the Texas pages!

    Katie :)
    KTP: Keep Teaching and Planning!

  • This is adorable! I have a craving to move and teach in Texas now! Your class looks wonderful :)

    Faith
    http://theadventureofafutureteacher.blogspot.com/

  • When I taught Kindergarten, this was one of my favorite units to teach. Texas is a pretty great state with great fun and crazy weather. Stephanie from Principal Principles

  • What a fantastic week! I would love this for my state! Have a great weekend.
    Alyce

  • This is fantastic! We’re starting our Texas unit next week. I’m thinking we might make some chili too!

  • I love all these activities! Thank you for sharing! We are beginning our citizenship unit in 2nd grade this coming week, and one of the parts is all about being a Texan. I can’t wit to use these ideas and resources. My kiddos LOVED the magic playdough that you described as well- I used that on our first day last Monday as an intro to our What is Science unit.

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