Texas Symbols Lapbook
We started our states study today, and since we live in Texas, that was the logical place to begin.
I didn’t use a pre-made lapbook for this one, though I did consult some Texas Unit Studies for ideas. I didn’t want a lot of history in the lapbook, though a little bit enhances what they’re reading about; I wanted the focus to be on the symbols themselves. I did put when the symbol was adopted or designated as the ‘official’.
I don’t know if other states have a bunch of random stuff declared as the ‘official state whatsit’, but Texas has a LOT of them…
I think all states have the basics
flag (The Lone Star Flag)
song (‘Texas, Our Texas‘)
In addition to those standards and favorites, Texas has also seen fit to adopt state:
- dish (chili)
- dog (blue lacy)
- bread (pan de campo)
- sport (rodeo)
- shell (lightening whelk)
- footwear (cowboy boots)
- vehicle (chuckwagon)
- cooking implement (cast iron dutch oven)
- gemstone – and cut (Texas Blue Topaz, Lonestar Cut)
- fabric (cotton)
- musical instrument (guitar)
- pepper (chiltepin – one of three, apparently…)
to name a few. We also have state mammals (large, small and flying), dinosaur, insect, reptile and fruit. It’s going to be fun looking all this up for other states! I found the lists that I used for Texas here:
It’s not shown, because I added them after I took pictures, but I started adding some famous quotes along the spaces between the minibooks. I don’t have stickers that would work well for this book – well, foil star stickers might be good. I’ll probably let the boys stick some on tomorrow.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed this peek at our Texas Symbols Lapbook!