4th Grade

Teaching Activities
Activities: by region and grade level, from Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
Artifacts in the Classroom: lesson plan, from  Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: Geography 9A)
A Story of Texan Cultures for Young People: lesson plan, from UTSA Libraries (TEKS: Culture 19A&B)
Buying Center: provides an opportunity for students to buy and sell items, grades 3-6
Cowboys and Cattle Drives: lesson plan, from  Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 4B)
Everyday Opportunities: a lesson plan on Opportunity Cost, from econedlink (TEKS: Economics 11C)
Geonet Geography Game: students can answer questions about the geography of various regions of the U.S.
Gone to Texas: Texas pioneers, lesson plan, from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 2A)
Gone to Texas: The Immigration of Cultures, scroll down for links to 30 different cultural groups (TEKS: History 2A&C)
I Am In A Pickle: relates opportunity cost to non-economic issues, grades 3-6
Interactive Map: showing topographic and terrain maps, from National Geographic (TEKS: Geography 7B&C, 8C)
Images in the Classroom: lesson plan, from  Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: Social studies 21C)
International Pencil: illustrates how workers in Borger Texas help make a pencil (TEKS: Economics 12A)
Los Tejanos: classroom resources and activities, from Institute of Texan Cultures
A Plaza in Texas: in the 1930’s
– The Ranching Experience
The Tejano Kitchen: an Exploration of Culture through Food
Map Maker Kit: from National Geographic (TEKS: Geography 6A)
Meusebach-Comanche Treaty Government: from Texas State Historical Association (TEKS: History 15A)
Opportunity Cost: explains why there is a cost to economic decisions, grades 3-6
Opportunity Cost Poem: the class writes a poem in economic terms, grades 3-6
Oral History Analysis:  lesson plan, from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 5A)
Red River War: from Legends of America (TEKS: History 4D)
Red River War: from Texas Beyond History (TEKS: History 4D)
Social Studies Special Topics: from Institute of Texan Cultures
Flags of Texas Settlers: 24 flags of nations representing Texas’ earliest settlement groups
With Domingo Leal: in San Antonio, 1734
–     Reading Material
Symbols of Texas: lesson plan, from Texas Parks and Wildlife (TEKS: Social Studies 16A)
Symbols of Texas: teacher’s guide, from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: Social Studies 16A)
Teaching with Stuff: using Primary and Secondary Sources, from Institute of Texan Cultures
Artifacts: in the Classroom
Cowboys and Cattle Drives: 1865-1885
Gone to Texas: Texas Pioneers, 1830-1860, from Institute of Texan Cultures
–     Pioneer Idioms and Slang
–     Interactive slideshow
Images: in the Classroom
Texans: A Story of Texan Cultures for Young People, scroll down to Teacher’s Guide and Student Edition for each country, from Institute of Texan Cultures
Texas Table Top Map: downloadable pdf, from National Geographic (TEKS: Geography 7B&C)
The Kingdom of Throwaway: illustrates how much Americans throw away daily, grades 3-6
Using Grids: Students can create and interpret grids of their favorite rooms (TEKS: Geography 6A)
Why We Came: the immigration experience,  lesson plan, from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 2C)
With Domingo Leal in San Antonio, 1734:  lesson plan, from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 2A&C)

Web Resources
Alamo: build a scale model, from The Alamo (TEKS: History 3A)
The Alamo: Texas’ most famous shrine, from History (TEKS: History 3A)
The Alamo: in-depth information about the battle of the Alamo, from Lamont Wood (TEKS: History 3A)
Backgrounds and Careers of Texas State Senators: from Texas Senate Kids (TEKS: Citizenship 19A)
Battle of the Alamo: from Texas State Historical Association (TEKS: 3A)
Battle of the Alamo: from Digital History (TEKS: 3A)
Battle of San Jacinto:  from Texas State Historical Society (TEKS: History 3A)
Bowie Knife: from Texas State Historical Association (TEKS: History 3B)
Counties in Texas: from U.S. Census Bureau
De Leon Colony: from Texas State Historical Association (TEKS: History 2E)
ePals: e-mail classroom exchange
Exploration in Texas: from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 2A&B)
Faces of America: from PBS
Faraway Places at Your Fingertips: introduces kids to countries and cultures around the world, by Time For Kids
Google Earth: explore, search, and discover, from Google
History of Juneteenth: from Wayne Hicks (TEKS: Citizenship 16D)
Holidays: links listed in TEKS: Citizenship 16D
The Indians of Texas: from Lone Star Junction (TEKS: History 1A & B)
Inside the White House: learn about the White House in Washington, D.C.
Institute of Texan Cultures: wide variety of educational material about Texas
Invention of the Internet: from The Great Idea Finder (TEKS: Science, technology , and society 20B)
Kids’ House: learn about state government, from Texas House of Representatives
King Ranch-The Legacy: (TEKS: History 4B)
Letter from the Alamo: by William Travis, from TAMU (TEKS: History 3B)
The Many Faces of America: details which countries immigrants come from PBS (TEKS: Economics 4.11A)
Maps: links to maps included in TEKS
My Black Seminole Ancestors Running to Freedom: from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 1B)
Native Americans: colorful images and historical information, from The Bancroft Library (TEKS: History 1B)
Native Americans In Texas: from Institute of Texan Cultures (TEKS: History 1C)
Notable Texans before 1900 (TEKS: History 4.3E)
People: links to people listed in various TEKS
People Groups: links to people groups in various TEKS
Railroads
Ranching
Reasons for immigration to Texas: from book A Study of the Texas Czechs (TEKS: Economics 12C)
Runaway Scrape: from Texas State Historical Association (TEKS:  History 3A )
San Jacinto Monument and Monument: (TEKS: Citizenship 16A)
Songs of Texas: from Lone Star Junction (TEKS: Citizenship 17B)
Spanish Influence in Texas: from National Parks Services (TEKS: History 2C)
Texas and the Western Frontier: from Texas Beyond History, (TEKS: History 4D)
Texas Beyond History: excellent interactive and historical information
Kids: fantastic facts, ask Dr. Dirt, fun stuff to do, etc.
Lesson Plans
Texas Capitol: Information about the state capitol (TEKS: Citizenship 17A)
Teaching Young Children about Texas Indians: from Texas Indians (TEKS: History 1A&B)
The Texas Declaration of Independence: from Lone Star Junction (TEKS: Government 16A)
Texas Exports & Import Data: from the Governor’s Office (TEKS: Economics 14B)
Texas Flags and other Symbols: includes the Six Flags of Texas (TEKS: Citizenship 17A)
The Texas House of Representatives: (TEKS: Citizenship 19A)
The Texas Rangers: from Institute of Texan Cultures
The Texas State Constitution:  (TEKS: Government 16A)
Texas State Senate: (TEKS: Citizenship 19A)
Texas State Trivia and Official Facts: from Texas Senate Kids (TEKS: Citizenship 17B)
The Treaty of Velasco: from Lone Star Junction (TEKS: Government 16A)
The U.S.-Mexican War: from Descendants of Mexican War Veterans (TEKS: History 3D)
Six flags that flew over Texas:  from Lone Star Internet (TEKS: Citizenship 16A)
Spindletop: discovery of oil in Texas, from Paleontological Research Institute, (TEKS: History 5B)
Spindletop Oilfield: from Texas State Historical Society, (TEKS: History 5B)
Texas Rangers: from Texas State Historical Association (TEKS: History 3D)
Texas Rangers – From Horses to Helicopters: from Texas Almanac (TEKS: History 3D)
U.S.-Mexican War: from Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, National Park Service