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Pecos Bill Tall Tales Lesson


Grade Levels:
2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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Pecos Bill is a tall tale from Texas about a cowboy who was raised by coyotes and rode on tornadoes. This lesson covers his story from birth to death and all of Bill’s adventures in between!

This lesson has 50 slides & pages, and includes:

  • 33-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 19 slides are whole class lesson slides.
    • 12 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • List of 15 recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PDF)
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
  • Scavenger Hunt activity and answer key (2 pages, PDF)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the “scrolling slides” part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (7 pages, PDF)
  • Standards addressed, including AASL National School Library Standards for Learners, National Common Core ELA Standards, and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) (1 page, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings (2 pages, PDF)

19 Whole Class Lesson Slides include:

  • The story of Pecos Bill from birth to death.
  • Includes pronunciation of Pecos Bill, was Bill real, feral childhood, amazing feats, and death by laughter.
  • Also includes Slue-Foot Sue (Bill’s girlfriend / wife).
  • You can follow the presentation with a read-aloud, but it is not necessary. Students will learn all they need to know about Pecos from this lesson.

12 Scrolling Slides include:

  • Vocabulary Word of the Week: “feral” (as in, Pecos Bill was a feral child.)
  • Includes facts and trivia questions about Texas, tornadoes, cowboy hats, spurs, and feral children in real life.

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included.  You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book.  If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.9

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Grade Levels

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

1-2 class periods


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