Texas Missions Teacher Resources
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Mission System of Texas
Students create a storybook about Texas missions including the history of why they were built. They research and create pictures depicting how and why the missions were built. They write and illustrate the primary groups of people found at Texas misssion sites, their roles, and why the Texas mission system eventually failed.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Students explain the significant role that Spanish missions played in the early history of Texas and the Southwest.
Students explore the meanings of the word "treasure," and examine the use of clay in the construction of buildings in San Antonio, Texas. They examine clay artifacts, and watch a video about pottery artist, Harding Black. Students then create a standing mission facade using clay as a culminating activity.
Mission Nuestra Señora de la Concepción and the Spanish Mission in the New World
Students explore Spanish missions. In this research skills lesson, students research Internet and print sources regarding the architecture, purposes, and functionality of Spanish missions.
Creating Architectural Drawings with Computer Aided Drafting
There is nothing more enjoyable than a good old fashioned engineering and design project. Kids explore architectural drawing by analyzing the San Antonio Missions using autoCad software. The instructional activity focuses on using the software to aid in the drafting process, the application of the software is not included in this instructional activity. A presentation, images, and instructions on how to introduce CAD is included in the resource.
Remember the Alamo
Eighth graders comprehend how the siege of the Alamo and the Texas revolution laid the groundwork for the United States-Mexican War. They discuss how westward expansion led to Texas Independence. Students complete the "Remeber the Alamo" worksheet.
Create an Illustrated Timeline
Fourth graders explore life in Spanish Texas. They take a virtual tour of the missions in old San Antonio. In groups, 4th graders use the internet gather data on the missions. Pupils create a timeline of the history of San Antonio missions. They illustrate the timeline using photographs or dawings.
The Great Depression
There is nothing like a historic photograph to move your learners. Pictures tell stories in an organic and emotional way. Explore the causes of the dust bowl and the great depression with your class. Each slide contains a single black and white image taken during the depression, they depict everything from picket lines to mothers and children. Many of the slides include lecture notes for your convenience.
Fifth graders create a simulated battle where Canadians try to take over Maine. In this Alamo simulation lesson, 5th graders reconstruct events to understand the battle of the Alamo and The Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico.
Friar Margil and the Spanish Missions
Students examine the concepts of diversity and assimilation. They identify the validity of sources and recognize bias, and create original illustrations from the students' point of view which show the impact of the Spanish friars on the lives of the native people of Texas.
Bison Sites of Texas
Students locate bison-related sites on a map and identify important bison-related sites. The Bison has had a profound effect on the history of Texas and studenst discover the importance of the animal to the history of the state.
Appointment of Legislative Seats
Sixth graders explain how members of the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned according to the population of the states. They review the handouts showing Texas congressional districts and population of each of the districts according to the census of 1950 and examine the materials, but confine questions to a descriptive level such as "What do you notice about these handouts?"
Friar Margil and the Spanish Missions
Seventh graders review the differences between primary and secondary sources. They are told that the Father Margil illustration can be used as a primary source. Students define the terms "assimilation" and "diversity." They use information in the biography in "The Handbook of Texas" as an introduction to Father Margil.
Context Clues that Define
For this context clues worksheet, students read the sentences and passages and use context clues to find the correct answer for the 10 online questions.
Digging Deeper in Mission San Saba
Seventh graders explain Spanish motives for establishing Mission San Sab?? and the reasons for the mission's failure. This lesson should be used when students already have an understanding of the Spanish mission-presidio system in Texas.
Digging Deeper: Mission San Sabá
Seventh graders view a painting of the destruction of Mission San Saba in Texas. They discuss the painting and identify information that they can infer from the painting.
Nativist and Racist Movements in the U.S. and their Aftermath
Students examine the nativist and racist movements in the history of the United States. In groups, they analyze the reactions of religious and ethnic groups to these movements and create a chart to compare the goals of each group. To end the lesson, they discuss these issues with pen pals they were given at the beginning of the lesson.
"Ode to the Bluebonnet"
Fourth graders create an acrostic poem using the word "bluebonnet" They brainstorm adjectives and descriptive phrases for the bluebonnet and its habitat. They read The Legend of the Bluebonnet, by Tomie de Paola. students integrate parts of the legend into their brainstorming and later the acrostic poem.
The Spanish Explorations
Learners perform research about the first Spanish explorers to come to the Americas. The students undertake a variety of activities to better comprehend this time period in history.
Students discuss how animals are cared for when they are captured. Using calculations, they determine how much food and water it takes for one bison and compare their water intake to humans. They also compare their weight to that of a bison and discover how much more food they need in one day.