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4th Grade: New TEKS; New Resources!

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Texas Heritage Online provides unified online access to Texas' historical documents and images for use by teachers, students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers.


The Portal to Texas HistoryThe Portal to Texas History offers students and lifelong learners a digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections. The Portal team at the University of North Texas provides strong leadership by supporting collaborative efforts with its partners, while pursuing the goals of accessibility, best practices, and preservation of historical material.


TSHA Online allows you to experience the rich and complex history of the state through innovative online features and content.

View lessons plans online that are aligned to TEKS, reviewed by TSHA staff, and often linked to articles from the Handbook of Texas Online. Educators can submit lesson plans to receive free materials. Browse by topic, TEKS, or grade level.

As part of the Digital Gateway, the TSHA website now offers Lone Star History Links, an exhaustive online bibliography copiled by Roger A. Griffin of links to original primary sources. Dr. Griffin began this collection of links as a teaching aid for his students, with relatively few entries. Since his retirement he has developed the site into a major collection of links to several thousand Texas history primary source documents. - This virtual museum of Texas’ cultural heritage was recognized recently in April, 2008 with the 2008 Award for Excellence in Public Education by the Society for American Archaeology (SAA). The society, an international professional organization of more than 7,000 members, is dedicated to the research, interpretation, and protection of the archaeological heritage of the Americas. Our congratulations to the site's editors Steve Black and Susan Dial.

Lone Star Junction: A Texas history resource with Texas e-texts, a Texian database, genealogical information, and huge archive of documents.

Austin History Ctr As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County.


AustinP&PAustin Past & Present site - an interactive documentary that brings Austin’s history to life. From its geologic formation to its current urban skyline, Austin Past and Present explores Austin’s past and present in more than 300 multimedia stories and over 2 hours of motion picture documentary.

Texans in World War II photos provided by the Austin History Center.

cowgirlThe National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail blazing efforts. Since it was established in 1975, the Museum has become an invaluable educational resource nationally known for its exhibits, research library, rare photography collection, and the honorees in its Hall of Fame.


Texas History Political Cartoons

Tired of the same old warm-ups? Download the political cartoons created by Roger T. Moore and Dr. Mary Black to engage and introduce your students to a variety of Texas History topics.

image of the Texas Governor's Mansion


"This House is Your House" (click to download unit)

Sally Hunter, 4th grade teacher at Highland Park Elementary has written an excellent arc of lessons related to the Texas Governor's Mansion. The unit incorporates a wide variety of primary source materials including quotes, photographs, census records, letters, and excerpts from newspapers.



Texas State University Geography Department and W.S. Benson & Company present the first full-color School Atlas of Texas. This sole source item is a must for every 4th and 7th grade classroom and library in Texas. Nationally renowned cartographers from the Texas State University Geography Department developed the content which includes maps, charts, photographs, text and depictions of: Location and Physical Setting, Physical, Environmental, Demographic, Historical, Cultural, and Economic factors of Texas.

To See Sample maps or download free Texas outline maps click here.

To order the Atlas, click here.

Texas TAKS Timeline - This unique resource for Grades 4 and 7 lets you and your students construct a truly Texas-sized timeline-right on your classroom wall-while helping you to meet all TAKS history objectives. Each completed activity sheet covers a major episode in Texas history as well as a TAKS objective. Grade appropriate activity sheets are provided for both Grade 4 and Grade 7. Activity sheets include specially commissioned artwork and TAKS-style questions.
166 pages, 8.5 x 11 in., blackline masters, illustrations, grade 4 and 7. Includes teaching guide & answer key. Paper, 3-hole drilled, $39.95
CD compact disk, Adobe PDF, MS Word formats, $39.95

And there's more... Classroom posters, books on Texas topics, etc.

TXflag Texas Cartoons

Resources to Purchase for Texas History

Texas Revolution Catalog of books

Texas Connection is a CMBL State Approved Woman Owned Business CMBL#1752892886800, Hub Certified 85304. TASB Buyboard Approved Vendor Bid#226-05. Approved by Region Education Service Center bids and too many districts to list them all. Just call and we can give you our vendor number for your district or the bid number for which we are approved for your district.

The attached Adobe .PDF file is the third volume of the Texas Connection All About Texas Series: Revolution to Statehood.

As in the first two volumes First Texans and Exploration and Colonization, we have included incredible websites for you, your teachers, library patrons and students, some of which have teaching materials, extensive activity guides, games, coloring books as well as a wealth of wonderful maps, photographs, and text.
The last pages of this publication contains an easy to use order form complete with order numbers, prices, and description.

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If you would like a copy of the All About Texas: Texas Connection Guide to Teaching Texas they are here for the asking. We are now offering our catalog in either print or CD format. The CD format includes all the weblinks live and ready to click and go. Please email us or call us toll free 866.414.5998 and confirm your snail mail address and your preference of CD or Print Catalog and we will ship it out to you.

We also have PDF files available (FREE OF CHARGE) to email to you. Each is vertically aligned grades 4 to 5 and 7 to 8. Each includes tons of websites that have teaching suggestions, lesson plans, activity guides and more. I just need to know which ones you would like emailed to you.

Integrating Texas History with Children's Literature includes bibliography and Teaching suggestions for most of the Children's Literature (ready to email)

All About Texas: First Texans (ready to email)

All About Texas: Colonization and Exploration (ready to email)

All About Texas: Civil War to Reconstruction (coming soon)

All About Texas: Twentieth Century (coming soon)

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