Educator's Packet

Enclosed in the packet, you will find great background information and classroom activities suitable to use after the webcast to reinforce learning. A brief summary of some of the activities follow:

“Life on the Edge” Story Board: Because the webcast takes place over three hours, students will probably be going and coming to your class. A fun way to weave the information through all of the classes is for students to build the story of Palo Duro through a bulletin board. The bulletin board can be a representation of the canyon wall or just a simple blank space. As students participate in the webcast they can add either a picture or written information about something they have learned. Some students may even try their hand at rock art style drawings. By the end of the webcast, the board should be full and represent all the topics covered.

Caprock Geology: You can’t visit or study the canyon without marveling at the incredible colors and layers of rock that create the canyon walls. Students can experience the “tastier side” of geology as they create the layers of the canyon using edible items.

Texas State Bison Herd Packet: Great herds of bison once roamed the Texas prairies. Legendary Texans, Charles and Mary Goodnight, began the effort to save the bison in Texas. Learn about the past and recent efforts of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to save this symbol of the prairies. The packet includes many multi-disciplinary activities along with the board game, Where the Bison Roam. In this game, students have a chance to “roam” through Texas learning about the Texas State Bison Herd and regions of Texas. The packet includes all the masters to make your own classroom game set. The original packet included a video that is no longer available, but can be viewed on the webcast web site.

The Indians of Texas and the Plants They Used: A publication of the Texas Historical commission, this booklet highlights the tribes of Native Americans that lived in Texas prior to European settlement. Much of the Native American’s life was tied to the native plants of their region. Palo Duro Canyon, with its rich plant diversity, offered food and materials for equipment like the strong hardwood of the native juniper tree used in bow construction.

Changing Societies: Students gain a better understanding of how wildlife resources have affected the development, movement and size of Native American societies in this activity. Students portray members of Native American groups in 3 regions of North America to study this topic. This activity is from Project WILD Aquatic, a program sponsored by TPWD. Visit our web site to find out more about Project WILD.

There is a “canyon full” of more information available on our web site. Visit our web site for more information and links to sites about Palo Duro Canyon.

And please be sure to check out the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum web site. Their educational resource pages are incredibly rich with wonderful resources!

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