Cowboys – A History Lab
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Children just don’t see a lot of westerns, and when I taught about cowboys last year it was an uphill battle. This year I decided to do a “Cowboy Lab” – a hands-on experiential activity.
There will be three stations, where students will spend 15 -20 minutes.
Station 1: Roping and Vittles
This is a two-in-one. For half of the time, students will be practicing how to use a lasso (with a chair as the target) and for half the time they will be sampling cowboy vittles – chili, beef jerky, and trail mix. I sent home a letter asking for donations and was overwhelmed with my parents’ generosity.
Station 2: Cattle Drive Creation
Students will have play dough and an assortment of plastic figuriness
Station 3: Make a Western