Get started by reading a few stories aloud. With my little listeners, I began with The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires. This story adds a cowboy twist to a familiar tale. Students love being able to predict what will happen next in a book they've never read. Then we read Jan Brett's Armadillo Rodeo in which a curious little armadillo wanders away from his mother into a rodeo full of exciting new sights and adventures.
After the read-aloud, let students brainstorm and recall what cowboys and cowgirls wear and do.
Make a math connection by showing students how cowboy outfits include symmetry.
Loreen Leedy. The download comes with a blackline activity as well as tips for teaching students about symmetry.
Our rodeo season begins just as Texas' state wildflower is beginning to bloom. Students can practice fine motor skills by making paper bluebonnets.
- Poke the skewer through one of the green "O"s on its long side. Then poke through the other long side. Now you have an "O" folded in half without being creased in the middle.
- Add the second green "O". Then add all of the blue "O"s in the same manner.
- Poke the skewer through one packing peanut and into another.
- Spread the blue and green ovals out as necessary to make the flower look fluffy and full.