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The State of Texas

Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Texas

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  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Timeline

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Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Texas
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings U.S. geography to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Texas

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The State of Texas

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: In 1820, Texas gained independence from Spain. Mexico welcomed American settlers to the sparsely populated area, who soon outnumbered Mexicans. In the 1830s, the Mexican government's attempts to regulate American settlers led to rebellion. In 1836, after armed conflict, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. In 1844, Congress annexed the territory of Texas. In 1845, Texas joined the Union as a slave state.
  • Statehood: 28th State - December 29, 1845
  • Name Origin: Texas is from the Caddo Indian word "teyshas" meaning "friends" or "allies."
  • Size: 268,601 sq. miles (#2 of 50 states)
  • Population: 26,448,193 (#2 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Austin
  • Border States: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma
  • Presidents Born in the State: Dwight David Eisenhower; Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Agriculture Exports: Beef Cattle; Chicken (Broilers); Eggs; Hogs; Lambs; Turkeys; Sheep; Goats; Cotton; Greenhouse and Nursery Products; Sorghum Grain; Rice; Peanuts; Sugar Cane.
  • Industry: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Professional and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Leisure and Hospitality; Manufacturing.
  • Attractions: Alamo; President Kennedy and the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas; Space Center Houston; Big Bend National Park; San Antonio's Spectacular River Walk; Guadalupe Mountains National Park; Padre Island National Seashore; The Texas State Capitol in Austin; The Fort Worth Stockyards; The USS Lexington, Corpus Christi; State of the Arts: Texas Galleries and Museums; The Moody Gardens and Aquarium, Galveston; The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Galveston; Natural Bridge Caverns.
  • Colleges and Universities: Texas A&M University; Baylor University; University of Texas at Austin; Texas Tech University; University of Houston; TCU; Texas Southern University.
  • Professional Sports: Texas Rangers (MLB); Dallas Burn and Houston Astros (MLS); Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans (NFL); Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs (NBA); Dallas Stars (NHL).
  • Flag: Adopted in 1845 when Texas became the 28th state. The blue represents loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red represents bravery.
  • Flower: Bluebonnet
  • Tree: Pecan
  • Animal: Armadillo and Longhorn
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Nickname: Lone Star State
  • Motto: "Friendship"
  • Song: "Texas, Our Texas"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about Texas (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is Texas most well known for?
  • What states does Texas border?
  • What is the climate and geography of Texas?
  • What would you like to know about Texas?
  • How could you learn more about Texas?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the Texas state flag and/or a map of Texas that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in Texas.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from Texas.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of Texas' state history.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to analyze the lyrics of a Texas song.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did Texas become a state?
  • What are the main components of Texas' economy?
  • Why is Texas important to the United States?
  • What makes Texas unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is Texas most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of Texas 1 State Fun Facts

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: In 1820, Texas gained independence from Spain. Mexico welcomed American settlers to the sparsely populated area, who soon outnumbered Mexicans. In the 1830s, the Mexican government's attempts to regulate American settlers led to rebellion. In 1836, after armed conflict, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. In 1844, Congress annexed the territory of Texas. In 1845, Texas joined the Union as a slave state.
  • Statehood: 28th State - December 29, 1845
  • Name Origin: Texas is from the Caddo Indian word "teyshas" meaning "friends" or "allies."
  • Size: 268,601 sq. miles (#2 of 50 states)
  • Population: 26,448,193 (#2 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Austin
  • Border States: Arkansas; Louisiana; New Mexico; Oklahoma
  • Presidents Born in the State: Dwight David Eisenhower; Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Flag: Adopted in 1845 when Texas became the 28th state. The blue represents loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red represents bravery.
  • Flower: Bluebonnet
  • Tree: Pecan
  • Animal: Armadillo and Longhorn
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Nickname: Lone Star State
  • Motto: "Friendship"
  • Song: "Texas, Our Texas"

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four fun facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Texas 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project.

  • Agriculture Products: Beef Cattle; Chicken (Broilers); Eggs; Hogs; Lambs; Turkeys; Sheep; Goats; Cotton; Greenhouse and Nursery Products; Sorghum Grain; Rice; Peanuts; Sugar Cane.
  • Industry: Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Professional and Business Services; Education and Health Services; Leisure and Hospitality; Manufacturing.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least five major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Texas 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project.

  • Attractions: Alamo; President Kennedy and the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas; Space Center Houston; Big Bend National Park; San Antonio's Spectacular River Walk; Guadalupe Mountains National Park; Padre Island National Seashore; The Texas State Capitol in Austin; The Fort Worth Stockyards; The USS Lexington, Corpus Christi; State of the Arts: Texas Galleries and Museums; The Moody Gardens and Aquarium, Galveston; The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, Galveston; Natural Bridge Caverns.
  • Colleges and Universities: Texas A&M University; Baylor University; University of Texas at Austin; Texas Tech University; University of Houston; TCU; Texas Southern University.
  • Professional Sports: Texas Rangers (MLB); Dallas Burn and Houston Astros (MLS); Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans (NFL); Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs (NBA); Dallas Stars (NHL).

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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