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Fourth graders use their knowledge of prairie dog communities to design their own model prairie dog towns. Teachers are provided with background information on prairie dogs and are encouraged to show examples to stimulate creativity. Students produce models that will be shared and described in front of the class.
Young scholars make a bat from a paper tube. They suspend bats from the ceiling or create a "cave" from black construction paper on a bulletin board or wall. Have students help you! Tape or staple student made bats in the "cave" to stress to young scholars that bats live in the numerous cave in the Hill Country.
Students complete a post-trip discussion after visiting the capitol building in Austin. As a class, they review how soldiers received their allotment of land for participating in the Texas Revolution. Individually, they write a letter from the point of view of one of the soldiers explaining how they are going to use their land. To end the lesson, they identify the types of items they needed to move their belongings.
Students investigate U.S. geography by exploring it's bodies of water. In this river formation instructional activity, students identify the reasons rivers are needed in our country by reading assigned text. Students examine a diagram which explains how rain travels a long path to become groundwater which we inevitably drink.