Monday, February 25, 2013

Booking Across the USA- The Lone Star State!

Howdy from the great state of Texas!!

I am so excited to be part of an amazing blog hop showcasing bloggers from each state created by Jodi of GrowingBook By Book! She has done a fabulous job organizing this fun virtual trip across our beautiful 50 states!
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Here are a few facts about Texas:

The state is called The Lone Star State.

The official state flower is the bluebonnet.

The official state bird is the Mocking Bird.

The capitol of Texas is Austin.

The official state song is Texas, Our Texas.

Our state was once a republic. There were only two presidents before Texas became part of the United States of America in 1845.

Texas was the 28th state to be admitted into the United States.

Texas is the second largest state in the United States.


Texas is also known for our cowboys and cowgirls, ranches, horses and country music and nothing ties that all up like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It is one of the best times in Houston with carnivals, musicians and rodeo activities for people of all ages. It’s a fabulous time in Houston and in the classroom!

I love using the rodeo as a real life connection for my students during this time. One of my favorite activities to do with my students is a fiction/ nonfiction pairing of a wonderful storybook Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett and a nonfiction text named It’s an Armadillo by Bianca Lavies .

Here are two activities that we use to collect information about our favorite little friend, the armadillo:


 
Once we have a deeper understanding of the armadillo, I love to read the story Armadillo Rodeo!  This story is a sweet story about a little armadillo that goes looking for his “friend” and has an amazing adventure through the rodeo!

Here are a few activities for Armadillo Rodeo:
 
 
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7 comments:

Suzy Q said...

We have to do a small research report in second grade (leading up to a big one!) and I always choose the armadillo since none of the students ever have a clue about them...meaning they learn a lot! Thank you for sharing!

CountryFunMaine said...

Love how you've paired the fiction/non-fiction. We've enjoyed the fiction part, so may have to enrich a little more by adding the non-fiction part.

Vive...rie...ama said...

I love this!:) Thanks for sharing- we are transplants to Texas and love to learn about our new home!

Mrs. J said...
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Sally said...

Thanks for sharing about Texas! I posted about the little state of New Hampshire far away from Texas. (The New Hampshire link was changed, and can be found at this link.)

Sally from Elementary Matters

Donna Boucher said...

This is so cool!! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blog later this morning. :)

Donna
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jerry brown said...

Thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I like HR b/c it’s truly an escape to a different world :) Thanks for sharing,
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