Texas State Symbols unit study
Product: flip book using plastic photo album & 4"x6" notecards. The book is a way to learn art and observation skills while learning facts about Texas. For each…
reading, & writing & arithmetic...math: reading dates, even/odd numbers. writing: tracers of names of symbols. reading: finished product, listening to read aloud books. social studies: state culture, geography, agriculture. civics: The symbols must be approved by lawmakers from the House of Representatives, the Senate and finally, the Governor of Texas. Applied art & eye-hand coordination: drawing, tracing, coloring, cutting
Day 1 Read aloud The United States of America: A State-by-State Guide by Millie Miller (very pleasant art). In the book find Texas flag and Texas on USA map and symbols. Find symbols In the “T” Encyclopedia (have young student choose the volume and begin guide word/alphabetic skills to find “Texas”; discuss how symbols used to just be bird, flower, tree), start flipbook.
Front cover: shape of Texas (cut/paste shape from this page), 1845 shape of state, label capital Austin and hometown and write date of statehood (1845). Ongoing: When appropriate, show on Texas shape on front cover where in Texas the symbol can be found; like gem southwest of Austin, grapefruit in South TX valley, stone in East Texas woods.
pg. 4 Use this Cornell site to listen to the Mockingbird and for a photo model to study while coloring. If you hear a bird repeat a call three or four times, change its tune and repeat different calls several times, then you probably have a mockingbird nearby. When it flies off, see if you can spot a white line across the top of its tail.
pg. 6 Song --"Texas our Texas" (learn and sing for family, first verse, discuss other songs considered--don’t slight this for the student that loves songs) sheet music, (print out words and glue to card or cut out the sheet music staff with the words and tune and glue onto 4x6 card); listen on-line; play on piano. more facts here http://www.texasourtexas.info/