Texas has become near and dear to our hearts with Gammie and Aunty Holly and Cousin Jimmie. So of course we had to jump in all the way and get going with a full on month long unit. Here are most (I hope) of the resources we used for our binder! Enjoy! Also check out our DINOSAUR related resource page HERE.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs
Texas by Jim Ollhoff
Texas by AV2
Texas by Ann Heinrichs
Dinosaur Hunt by Karen Carr
Life at the Alamo by Sally Senzell Isaacs
Texas Facts and Symbols by Emily McAuliffe
America the Beautiful: Texas by Ann Heinrichs
Texas Rangers’ Legendary Lawmen by Michael P. Spradlin
How to Get Rich on a Texas Cattle Drive by Tod Olson
We found an excellent definition for BIOMES when covering the different landscapes in Texas thanks to Geography4Kids.com HERE.
Lists of endangered and threatened animals in Texas. The boys loved some of the wild names on these! Texas Parks and Wildlife HERE.
We had a wonderful fact or fiction worksheet on Education.com (link above to folder) on Pecos Bill but were sent along to the Legends of America site HERE for another version of the legend which totally tickled the boys after our discussions about exaggeration and how “things are always bigger in Texas!”
A little summary on Davy Crockett… We wanted to find him in our books but really beyond him dying at the Alamo (or at least within some portion of the conflict) we had to go to the internet to learn more HERE thanks to The History Channel.
An overview with the climate in Texas (we supplemented with searching for pictures of each season) thanks to Wiki HERE.
We had planned on this unit months ago but time just kept getting away from us. But we persevered and got around to getting some facts straight and seeing some of the interesting bits of the state we now call home. We now know that St. Paul is the capital, that there are like a 100 species of fish in our lakes AND that calcium based products have always played a role of importance around here. But anyway, to share the resources…
Scholastic Encyclopedia of the United States by Judy Bock and Rachel Kranz HERE
Mini-State Lapbook Minnesota found on Currclick HERE
State Study Notebooking pages FREEBIE! We used page 2 HERE by Notebooking Nook
When we couldn’t focus on our studies on Minnesota directly each morning I had the boys search through the above books and find facts about the state to write on their own piece of lined paper that will be included in the lapbook as well. We read the 1-2-3 book and Hooray for Minnesota Lakes! together as a family and drew pictures of our favourite parts.
Esther found this one for us on the Lions and the Masai…
And I came across this lovely ones of Kenyan children dancing. We had two more from Esther that she deemed interesting… the kids agreed! First, A Lion Pride – Introducing Daddy to the Cubs by BBC Wildlife And the other… Lion Pride in Kenya, Africa by Brian’s Art for Animals.