This elementary lesson about Texas includes state symbols, places of interest, wildlife, plants, and more! Use as part of a unit on U.S. states or as a standalone library lesson.
Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!
This library lesson and activity includes:
- 40-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
- All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
- 14 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the storytime lesson.
- 24 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending storytime lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
- List of 16 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.
- Elementary Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats, aligned to:
- AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
- National Common Core ELA Standards, and
- Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
- Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
- Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings (2 pages, PDF)
14 Lesson Slides:
Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.
- Sign language: “Texas”
- Texas on a map of the US
- What is Texas known for?
- Texas state flower, bird, flag, and capital
- Brief information on The Alamo
- Longhorn cattle
24 Scrolling Slides:
Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete the Scavenger Hunt.
- Vocabulary Words of the Week: “Tex-Mex” and “prickly pear”
- Sign language: finger-spelling “T-E-X-A-S”
- Library skill review: Dewey section – Where are nonfiction dinosaur books located in the library?
- Information about armadillos and Texas horned lizard
- Fort Worth Stockyards (cattle drive)
- Austin is the live music capital of the world
- Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose)
- 1900 Galveston Hurricane
- Hottest temperature ever recorded in Texas (when and where)
- How long would it take to drive across the entire state of Texas?
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.
AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text.
- Inquire – C.1. – D.3.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
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