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The Robertson's: A Pioneer Texas Family

People started settling in Bell County with the founding of Robertson's colony in the Salado area. An in-depth an interactive classroom curriculum based on the Robertson family and the life of pioneers in Bell County. The trunk features background information on the Robertson's and pioneer life, TEKS based lesson plans, games, and activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Show your students how very different life was in the mid-1800s!
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Visions of the Past: Native Americans of Texas

Before American settlers came to Texas, many Native American tribes ruled this area. Your students will experience the life and history of Texas tribes and their culture. The trunk features background information on the many Native American tribes, TEKS based lesson plans, games, an activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Take your students back to the time of the Native Americans in Texas with this interactive trunk!
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Meet the Fergusons

The turn of the century was a tumultuous time! An in-depth lesson on James and Miriam Ferguson offers a superb opportunity to teach your students more about the area they live in and the politics of their state. The trunk features background information on the governors, TEKS based lesson plans and activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Lead your students on a journey through Texas politics and the rise of women in the government!
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When Cotton was King

The cotton industry was a major force in the Texas economy. Focusing on the "boom" period of cotton (late 1800s to 1930s) when much of the planting, picking, and processing of cotton was done by hand, this trunk features background information on the cotton plant and the cotton economy, TEKS based lesson plans, games, and activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Your students will learn the importance of cotton in Texas.
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In the Company of quilts

This trunk introduces students to the importance of quilts in the lives of Texans, past and present. Many subjects can be incorporated in studying quilts, including history, art, home economics, social issues, math, and even environmental concerns (recycling fabrics). The trunk features background information on the art of quilts and their relevance to people and history, TEKS bases lesson plans, games, and activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Students develop knowledge of and appreciation for the function of quilts, quilt making as an art form, and the historic importance of quilts.
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The Great Place: WWII & the Creation of Fort Hood

As World War raged in Europe, America began training to aid the Allies and stop the German blitzkrieg. Camp Hood was created for just this purpose! Students lean about the creation of Camp Hood as well as will experience life on the home front during an important time in American history! The trunk features background information on the Fort Hood and WWII, TEKS based lesson plans, games, and activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Take your students back to the 1940s and the sacrifices of war.
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Archaeology: In Texas and Beyond

Turn your classroom into an archaeological dig site! Students will learn about the Paleoindians who lived in Bell County 15,000 years ago, and experience the work of an archaeologist first hand! The trunk features: background information on archaeology and the Gault Site in southern Bell County, TEKS based lesson plans, educational activities, and relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Students will develop understanding and appreciation for the study of ancient cultures and the importance of these ancient peoples.
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Hard Times: The Great Depression and Dust Bowl

This was the greatest economic decline in history. The 1930s was signified by high unemployment, homelessness, hunger, anxiety, and depression. In addition, it was the time of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in history, the Dust Bowl. Students will learn how the prosperity of the 1920s led to the Great Depression, how man's impact on nature affects the world we live in, and what programs were put in place to alleviate the disastrous effects (many of which are still in place today!). The trunk features background information on the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, TEKS based lesson plans, games, and activities as well as relevant pictures to engage students of all ages. Show your students the hardships of the 1930s and the ways that our country changed in response.
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Rounding up the chisholm Trail

Explore the development of the Chisholm Trail and western history with this unique trunk! This interactive trunk includes background information on the Trail, TEKS based lesson plans, games, and activities as well as relevant artifacts to engage students of all ages. Your students will enjoy becoming a part of this historic Trail!
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