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Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

First Encounters: When the Conquistadors

Met the Karankawa

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-10, Adults

TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 1a-d, 2a-b, 7a-b, 8a-c, 9a-b, 10a-b, 12a-c, 19a, 21a-d, 22a-b
Grade 5 Social Studies: 1a-b, 7a-b,d, 8a-b, 9a, 13b-c, 22a, 24a-e, 25a-b
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-b, 2a-b, 9b-c, 19c, 21a-e, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 1a-b, 2a, 10b, 23a,c, 29a-e, 30a

Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.

How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal the many meanings of "Encounters on the Land". 

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

 

FREE!

Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-8, Adults

TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 2d,e, 3a-c,e, 14b, 15a, 16a,d, 21a-b,d, 22a-c
Grade 5 Social Studies: 4d, 24a-e, 25a-c
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-c, 2d-f, 3a-d, 4a,c, 11a-b, 21a-b,d, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 6d-e, 29a-b, 30a

Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

 

FREE!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents

Wetland Wonderment

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

9:00am-9:45am

10:15am-11:00am

12:30pm-1:15pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

Grades 3-5


VISTA member Kay Jenkins from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will present the wonders that can be found in freshwater wetlands. We will go on a virtual field trip to see a bog, marsh, and swamp and explore some of the plants and animals found in these habitats. We will learn about the values of wetlands for reducing pollution, flooding, and erosion and as habitat for aquatic wildlife.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

Gone to Texas! Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-11, Adults

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States.


We suggest scheduling groups of 35 students, so that the majority of your students will be able to participate in the interactive parts of the program.

There may be 2 classrooms participating in this program. If you would like to be the only classroom participating, please email distance.learning@thestoryoftexas.com

TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 2a, 4a,c, 7a, 8a-c, 9b, 12c, 19a, 21a-b, 22a-b
Grade 5 Social Studies: 1a, 4c,e,g, 5a, 8b-c, 9a, 13c, 22a, 24a-b, 25a-b
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-c, 4c, 5a-b, 6c, 7e, 10a-b, 11a-c, 19b, 21a-b, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 1a-c, 8b, 11c, 22a-b, 29a-b, 30a

Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.

Objectives:

Students will compare where people immigrated to Texas from during different waves of immigration.
Students will examine the reasons for immigrating during different time periods.
Students will explore the challenges for immigration at different points in history.

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.


FREE!

Texas Wildlife Association presents

Animal Encounters: Skunks and Armadillos


Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

 
 

9:00am-9:45am

10:15am-11:00am

12:30pm-1:15pm

2:00pm-2:45pm


Grades K-8

Meet the nine-banded armadillo and the striped skunk. Although their defense behaviors and adaptations benefit them in their wild environment, these same behaviors do not fare well in urban habitats. Most people cannot help but turn up their noses when they think about these two animals, but after our class you will understand the ecological benefit of these fascinating wildlife species. Join us as we clear up some common untruths and add clarity to their unique body structures and their functions with the help of our friendly guest stars.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-8, Adults

TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 2d,e, 3a-c,e, 14b, 15a, 16a,d, 21a-b,d, 22a-c
Grade 5 Social Studies: 4d, 24a-e, 25a-c
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-c, 2d-f, 3a-d, 4a,c, 11a-b, 21a-b,d, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 6d-e, 29a-b, 30a

Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

 

FREE!

George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum presents

Benjamin Franklin, An Original American By Gregrobin  Smith

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

10:30am-11:30am

12:30pm-1:30pm

Grades 3-8

TEKS:

SOCIAL STUDIES: CULTURE, HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS
Grade 3: 113.15b: 1A, 1B, 1C, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 7C, 8B, 9B, 10C, 11A, 11B, 15A, 15B, 16C
Grade 4: 113.16b: 10B, 11A, 14A, 22D, 22E
Grade 5: 113.17b: 1B, 2A, 10A, 10B, 11A, 12A, 12B, 14A, 14C, 14F, 24A, 24B, 24E, 25D
Grade 6: 113.18b: 2B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 9C, 13A, 15F, 16A, 16C, 17A, 20A, 20B, 21C, 21D, 21E, 23A
Grade 7: 113.19b: 12A, 13B, 17B, 20A, 21B, 21H, 23A, 23B
Grade 8: 113.20b: 1A, 1B, 4B, 5A, 5B, 11A, 12A, 12D, 19C, 20B, 20C, 27A, 27C, 28A, 29D, 31A, 31B

LANGUAGE ARTS
Grade 3: 110.14b: 19, 29A
Grade 4: 110.15b: 17, 27A
Grade 5: 110.16b: 17, 27A, 27C
Grade 6: 110.18b: 16, 26A, 26C
Grade 7: 110.19b: 16, 26A, 26C
Grade 8: 110.20b: 16, 26A, 26C

SCIENCE

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPEECH

Grades 6-8: 110.26: 2C, 2B, 3E, 4J, 4K, 5E, 6A, 6B, 6F

Benjamin Franklin, An Original American, introduces a unique opportunity for an engaging, lively, thought-provoking educational experience. Interactive in the finest sense of the word, each presentation is real-time exchange of living thought. This is a unique historical perspective that will remain memorable for years to follow. 

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

FREE!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents

Outdoor Cooking for the Holidays

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

9:00am-9:45am

10:15am-11:00am

12:30pm-1:15pm

1:45pm-2:30pm

Grades PreK - 12, Adult


Join Texas Outdoor Family and experience how outdoor cooking can be a fun and easy way to enhance your holiday season! We'll talk about the history of the Dutch Oven, share tasty recipes you can make for your family this holiday season, and you'll get to see a demo of an easy-to-make tasty treat!

Program Materials:

We will be sharing recipe ideas and outdoor cooking related resources after the program, for those who register. 

We will also share information about:

    - our Texas Outdoor Family community partnership opportunity

    - CO-OP grant (ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and can pay for transportation, food, staff time, and supplies)

    - holiday events in Texas State Parks across the state!

 

Content Areas: Social Studies, Science, Art

Special Student Groups: Gifted and Talented, Bilingual/ESL, Special Education

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents

Dinosaur Track Talk

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

9:00am-9:45am

Grades PreK - 12, Adults


Park Ranger Jenn Menge from Dinosaur Valley State Park will bring the past to life as we discuss Texas during the time of the dinosaurs. We will learn about dinosaurs that once roamed Texas by studying the tracks they left behind. We will all become paleontologists as we use these tracks to retell a story millions of years old. 

Objectives:

1. I can identify two dinosaur species that lived in the area.

2. I can describe the environment of Texas during the time of the dinosaurs and identify ways in which it was different from today's environment.

3. I can use clues such as fossils and tracks to learn about the past.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bass Performance Hall presents

The Nutcracker (Act I)

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Grades 2-3

TEKS:

Language Arts and Reading

110.5 Student listens attentively

1A To enjoy and appreciate (D) To critically interpret and evaluate (E) To hear selections from classic sources
2B Gains knowledge of his culture and others that reflect customs and cultures
10A Responds to stories and poems that reflect understanding through movement, music, art, drama
11G Compares print and dramatic versions of story
13A/B Connects his own experiences and cultures with that of others
Social Studies

14A/B Student understands the importance of writers and artists to the cultural heritage of a community

Music

5A/C Student identifies aurally presented excerpts of music from diverse periods and cultures
6A/B Student defines criteria for evaluating a performance and exhibiting audience etiquette
(3) Creative expression: production. The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills. The student is expected to:
(A) identify technical theatre elements such as props, costumes, sound, and visual elements that define character, environment, action, and theme;
(E) observe live or multimedia theatrical performances.

Act I of The Nutcracker by Peter Tchaikovsky, danced by Texas Ballet Theater, at Bass Performance Hall.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bass Performance Hall presents

Behind the Scenes of the Nutcracker

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

9:00am-9:45am

Grades 3-5

TEKS:

117.113 Theatre

(5) Critical evaluation and response. The student responds to and evaluates theatre and theatrical performances. The student is expected to:

(B) discuss and evaluate simple dramatic activities and performances; and

(C) discuss the use of music, movement, and visual components in dramatic activities and performances.

(3) Creative expression: production. The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills. The student is expected to:

(A) identify technical theatre elements such as props, costumes, sound, and visual elements that define character, environment, action, and theme;

(E) observe live or multimedia theatrical performances.

Students will see  the preparation that must happen before a performance of the Nutcracker by Texas Ballet Theater at Bass Performance Hall.  Students will meet a ballet dancer, see dancers warming up and going through barre in the background, see props and costumes up close and learn about all the other people involved that they never see--behind the scenes.

Students will understand and appreciate all the elements involved in producing a performance.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

 

 

FREE!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents

Cowboy Christmas:  Music and Poetry

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

10:00am-10:45am

Grades 3-12

Bring your whole grade level and experience Christmas cowboy style. Join park ranger and cowboy poet, David Owens, and cowboy singer, Steve Schick, ‘round the campfire for cowboy culture through music, stories and poems. During this program we encourage students to sing along! You can also experience Christmas in a state park by finding an event near you – go to our Holiday Event Calendar at TexasStateParks.org for more information.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-8, Adults

TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 2d,e, 3a-c,e, 14b, 15a, 16a,d, 21a-b,d, 22a-c
Grade 5 Social Studies: 4d, 24a-e, 25a-c
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-c, 2d-f, 3a-d, 4a,c, 11a-b, 21a-b,d, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 6d-e, 29a-b, 30a

Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

 

FREE!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents

Critter Roundup: Squirrel School

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

9:00am-9:30am

10:15am-10:45am

12:30pm-1:00pm

1:45pm-2:15pm

Grades PreK - 2


Park Ranger Katelyn Juenger from Cooper Lake State Park will be teaching squirrel school! Learn more about our East Texas squirrels and the not so carefree lives they live. We will also talk about the adaptations they have to help them compete with the other wildlife in the park and discover the important role they play in our environment.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

Gone to Texas! Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-11, Adults

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States.


We suggest scheduling groups of 35 students, so that the majority of your students will be able to participate in the interactive parts of the program.

There may be 2 classrooms participating in this program. If you would like to be the only classroom participating, please email distance.learning@thestoryoftexas.com

TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 2a, 4a,c, 7a, 8a-c, 9b, 12c, 19a, 21a-b, 22a-b
Grade 5 Social Studies: 1a, 4c,e,g, 5a, 8b-c, 9a, 13c, 22a, 24a-b, 25a-b
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-c, 4c, 5a-b, 6c, 7e, 10a-b, 11a-c, 19b, 21a-b, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 1a-c, 8b, 11c, 22a-b, 29a-b, 30a

Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.

Objectives:

Students will compare where people immigrated to Texas from during different waves of immigration.
Students will examine the reasons for immigrating during different time periods.
Students will explore the challenges for immigration at different points in history.

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.


FREE!

Bullock Texas State History Museum presents

First Encounters: When the Conquistadors

Met the Karankawa

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

10:00am-10:50am

11:00am-11:50am

Grades 4-10, Adults


TEKS:

Grade 4 Social Studies: 1a-d, 2a-b, 7a-b, 8a-c, 9a-b, 10a-b, 12a-c, 19a, 21a-d, 22a-b
Grade 5 Social Studies: 1a-b, 7a-b,d, 8a-b, 9a, 13b-c, 22a, 24a-e, 25a-b
Grade 7 Social Studies: 1a-b, 2a-b, 9b-c, 19c, 21a-e, 22a
Grade 8 Social Studies: 1a-b, 2a, 10b, 23a,c, 29a-e, 30a


Program Materials:
Once registration is confirmed, teachers will be emailed a packet of materials, including pre- and post-program lesson plans.


How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal the many meanings of "Encounters on the Land". 

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

FREE!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department presents

Bird in Hand

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

9:00am-9:45am

Grades PreK - 12, Adult


Park Ranger Craig Hensley from Guadalupe River State Park will present a live introduction to birds through a bird-banding demonstration with Q & A during the event. Students will see live songbirds as well as witness and learn about the science of bird banding.

Objectives:
1. I can identify what equipment is used in bird banding. 
2. I can identify one way bird banding scientists understand bird migration. 
3. I can contribute to the knowledge of bird research by knowing what to do if I ever find a bird with a band on it.  

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bass Performance Hall presents

One O'Clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas in Concert

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

10:30am-11:30am

Grades 7-12

TEKS:

117.311. Music
(6) Critical evaluation and response. The student listens to, responds to, and evaluates music and musical performance in formal and informal settings. The student is expected to:
(A) exhibit informed concert etiquette as a performer and as an audience member during live and recorded performances in a variety of settings;
(B) design and apply criteria for making informed judgments regarding the quality and effectiveness of musical performances;
(C) develop processes for self-evaluation and select tools for personal artistic improvement; and
(D) evaluate musical performances by comparing them to exemplary models.

Students will hear this 6 time Grammy-nominated jazz ensemble in concert.

Objectives:

Students will hear outstanding music performed by one of the best college-based jazz ensembles in the country.

Students will be encouraged to research the rich history of jazz and learn more about the political, social and economic issues which have influenced its growth and development over the past 100 years in America.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.

 

FREE!

Bass Performance Hall presents

Once Upon a Tale

Monday, Mar. 5, 2018

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018

10:30am-11:15am

12:30pm-1:15pm

Grades Pre-K - 1

TEKS:

110.12 English Language Arts and Reading
7A Connect meaning of well known story or fable to personal experience
7B Explain function of recurring phrases
9A Describe plot and retell story's sequence
27A Listen attentively
117.106 Music
3B Sing tunefully from diverse cultures and styles
6A Identify and demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

On the stage of Bass Performance Hall, two professional storytellers tell classic folktales such as "Three Little Pigs" and an Aesop's fable, such as "The Tortoise and the Hare." Stories are told in both English and Spanish. In addition, a folksinger will sing such classic songs as "Down by the Bay" and "My Aunt Came Back." Children are encouraged to join in.

Register here: http://apps.esc16.net/wan_app_ext/Default.aspx or contact Jane Chavez at (806) 677-5258 or jane.chavez@esc16.net.





 

 

 

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CILC
- Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration
Search for over 1,200 unique teacher evaluated K-12 interactive video distance learning programs, aligned with national K-12 curriculum standards, offered by nearly 200 content providers from around the world.

Colonial Williamsburg
Teach American history with the new Electronic Field Trip season. This year’s live, interactive lessons explore the ratification of the US Constitution, Westward expansion, The War of 1812, slavery, as well as the rights of women and youth.

COSI - Center for Science and Industry -Science Delivered at the Speed of Light.  Informational video here.

 

Videoconferencing connects your students with scientists, doctors, and experts in their fields with a LIVE interactive two-way experience with your school or from COSI.

HEC-TV Live!
Each program takes students live to artists, attorneys, archivists, or historians, in their own workspace be it a studio, rehearsal hall, theater, library, museum, or office.  Programs are sixty minutes in length and presented during regular school day hours. Calendar.

Manhattan School of Music

With over a decade of experience in the field of distance learning and as the first conservatory in the nation to utilize videoconferencing for K-12 music education, Manhattan School of Music has adopted the key elements of presenting successful music education programs via live, interactive videoconferencing technology. 

Mariner's Museum
Just as man has used the sea to journey around the world for thousands of years, The Mariners’ Museum now uses Interactive Videoconferencing to offer programming to schools across the country and around the globe.

National Parks
Click the above link to access participating sites.  Those parks offer distance learning programs that may allow them to share curriculum-based programming about the park with your students through the web, audio or video conferencing. Please bear in mind that there may be limitations to the scope and technical compatibility between the park programs and those at your school. Contact the park for details.

 

National Baseball Hall of Fame
The next best thing to visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame is participating in a videoconference. The award-winning EBBETS Field Trip Series (Electronically Bringing Baseball Education To Students) transports the wonders of Cooperstown to your very own classroom. Baseball is used as the backdrop to help your students discover objectives in diverse topics like mathematicsgeographycivil rights historywomen's historyeconomicscommunication arts, and more!


Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Where can you explore more than 500 million years of history across 26,000 square miles under one roof? Since opening as a one-room gallery called Pioneer Hall in 1933, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum has become the largest history museum in Texas. PPHM is committed to bringing new and engaging exhibits to students and teachers and demonstrating our relevance to every generation every day. PPHM's collections encompass a range of diverse subjects including art, history, archeology, paleontology, ethnology, geology, petroleum, textiles, weapons, transportation and sports.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Programs for 2017-2018

Quanah Parker: Adapting in a World of Change: Grades 3-8, 45 Minutes

This is a story of human adaptation. For over 200 years the Comanches ruled the South Plains. They were called "Lords of the Plains," and lived a horse and bison centered culture. After the Red River War, Texas Panhandle Indians were placed on reservations. Quanah Parker, last chief of the Comanches, was faced with making many decisions, not only for himself and his family, but also for the Comanche people. Like most decision-makers, Quanah was either loved or hated by both Comanches and whites.

We will explore an answer to, "Would it be as difficult in the 21st century to be placed in a strange country, not knowing its language or the customs as it was for Quanah Parker in the 19th century?" Using artifacts such as Quanah's headdress and historic photographs we will explore Quanah's life.

Home on the Plains: A Bison’s Journey: Grades 3-8, 45 Minutes

When Christopher Columbus landed on the eastern shores of North America, there were an estimated 60,000,000 bison roaming the land. For thousands of years Plains Indians hunted bison to use a food, clothing and shelter. When the first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869, the buffalo hunters soon followed, and the bison began vanishing from the prairies.

Join us as we discuss the impact of the buffalo on the Plains Indians, what happened when the hide hunters came and about the people who rescued the bison from extinction. We will use artifacts, videos and historic photographs to tell the story.

Please note: We plan to show a historical reenactment of the processing of a buffalo. This video is somewhat graphic in nature, and is intended for students in the 3rd grade and up.

A Native American’s MVP: Grades K-8, 45 Minutes

An Indian’s life on the southern plains was not one of luxury. Indians were nomadic and had to carry all of their worldly possessions with them. This distance learning program will talk about the MVPs, or Most Valuable Possessions, of the southern plains Indian tribes. Using artifacts from PPHM’s Southern Plains Indian Trunk along with historical photos, we will discuss life on the southern plains. Students will also have the opportunity to craft their own Indian name using symbols and pictures.

A Festive Frontier  - Christmas on the early Panhandle-Plains: Grades K-5, 45 Minutes

By the mid-1800s, Christmas traditions encompassed many of the same festivities and customs as it does today. But for the pioneers and cowboys in the desolate Panhandle of Texas, Christmas was a much simpler affair. This distance learning program will focus on the origins of several different holiday traditions, along with some unique to the Panhandle. Using historical photos, music and artifacts, we will explore Christmas in the Panhandle between 1890 - 1910. Students will then make a small holiday-themed craft for the home or classroom.

The Bedecked Buckaroo: Cowboy Clothing in the Early Texas Panhandle: Grades K-7, 45 Minutes

Cowboys in the Texas Panhandle faced many obstacles including weather, wildlife and wily livestock. Thus, the cowboy traveled light and owned very little. Every article of clothing and equipment had to be functional and serve a multitude of purposes. This program will discuss the role of cowboy clothing on the range and the purpose of each piece. We will also talk about the role of cattle drives, early Panhandle ranches and the origin of barbed wire.

From Boom to Dust in the Texas Panhandle: Grades 3-7, 55 Minutes

The Dust Bowl was a period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936 (in some areas until 1940). Using photos and videos unique to the Panhandle Plains, we will investigate the causes of the Dust Bowl, hear first-hand stories of people who lived through it, and discuss the methods used to stop the deadly storms.

Wild and Wacky Weather: Grades K-5, 45 Minutes

People on the Panhandle-Plains have adapted to weather for centuries. Come along with our friendly cricket, Thomas J, and learn all about wild and wacky weather. This science-based program will help your students understand what causes weather like blizzards, dust storms, floods and tornadoes, how to prepare for severe weather, and what plants and animals live in different climate zones.

Dinomite Dinosaurs: Grades K-5, 45 Minutes

Step back in time—way, way back in time—with a virtual stroll through our paleontology exhibit. During this In the News Program we will focus on fossils unique to the Panhandle-Plains, and others you may be more familiar with. Many people are surprised to learn that the Texas Panhandle was once a marshy area, and our exhibit features a world-class emphasis on locally discovered reptiles and amphibians from the Late Triassic era (225-200 million years ago) and mammals from the Late Cenozoic era (10-1 million years ago). Join us as we also discuss what a paleontologist does and what may have happened to the dinosaurs.

Buffalo Soldiers: Defenders of the West: Grades 3-8, 35 Minutes

Buffalo Soldiers played an important role in settling the Panhandle-Plains Region in the years after the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldier Calvary and Infantry divisions were responsible for patrolling the frontier for Indians, building roads and telegraph lines, law enforcement, preventing cattle rustling, escorting mail parties and other civil and military tasks. They also participated in most of the major campaigns, including the Red River War from 1874-1875. This program will discuss the origin of the Buffalo Soldiers, their clothing, and the different purposes they served on the Frontier.

Panhandle Petroleum: Grades 3-8, 40 minutes

Petroleum and natural gas are an important part of the Panhandle economy. This program will explore the reasons why it’s present in the Texas Panhandle, how it was formed, the discovery of the resource and the many uses of petroleum and natural gas. Alternative energy sources like wind will also be discussed.


Pro Football Hall of Fame
Each year, thousands of students tour the Pro Football Hall of Fame to learn about the rich history of professional football.  If your class can’t make the trek to Canton, Ohio, let the Hall of Fame bring the museum to your school through its award-winning videoconferencing programs. Each program is educationally based and is supplemented by classroom activities which are aligned with national standards of education. Join in on these programs to learn such things as media literacy, history, careers, geography, math, language arts, character education and visual arts.

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