Free Printables and Unit Studies About Texas History

Published:
March 7, 2021

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Jeannette Tuionetoa

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Many of us Americans are intrigued by the great state of Texas. These free printables and unit studies about Texas history will help your kids learn all about the Lone Star State.

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I have always wanted to visit Texas. When I lived in Florida, I had a friend who was from Texas, and she always wanted to go back.

We used to say the ideal homeschooling experience would be to move to Texas and purchase a compound for our families.

Apparently, there are whole compounds for sale in Texas. Doesn’t that sound cool? Buying a compound and having your family move in with plenty of land to spare?

Well, my friend made it back to Texas, and she is super happy. I am sitting back and watching if she ever gets her compound!

Brief Texas history.

Learning about Texas just isn’t the same without talking about its history.

Before European settlers ever arrived at Texas in the 1500s, several Native American tribes occupied the land.

In East Texas were the Caddos who were excellent farmers who grew corn and sunflowers. The Karankawa lived in the Gulf Coast of Texas and were fisherman who traveled via dugout canoes.

The Comanche lived northwest of the stated and lived as hunters and horsemen. The Apache were spread throughout the west and southwest of Texas and were warriors who lived in wickiups/teepees.

In 1519, a shipwrecked Spanish explorer, Cabeza de Vaca, stayed in Texas for seven years and wrote back home about gold which – of course – inspired other Spanish explorers to come on over. They never found gold, by the way.

The 1600s brought about the first European settlers to Texas. The French came but didn’t last very long. 

When Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, Texas was part of Mexico.

In 1835, Texans weren’t really happy with Mexico’s rule, and tensions arose that led to the Battle of Gonzales. This led to the Texas Revolution and to the Battle of Alamo in 1836 where 180 Texans held off 4,000 Mexican soldiers for thirteen days before being taken over.

The Texans were defeated, yet they still declared independence and formed the Republic of Texas on March 2, 1836. Eventually, they defeated Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto.

In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state of the United States of America. You may be able to guess that this sparked the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.

Of course, there is more to Texas’ history, but I will stop there. Now, see what else your family will find out about the history of this great American state.

Explore these free printables and unit studies about Texas history:

FREE Texas State History Printable

50 States Series: Texas

50 States Series Texas text and red colored image cut out of the shape of Texas

TeachingTexas.org

Let’s Study Texas History | Texas Homeschool

Texas Mini Unit Study | Learning Treasures

Statehood of Texas | Teaching in the Fast Lane

FREE Texas Unit | Mrs Williams Kinders

Famous Texans FREE Activity | Social Studies Success

Ultimate Homeschool Guide to Texas History | Classic Housewife

FREE Texas State Study | Enchanted Learning

collage of state flags and flowers Free Printables and Worksheets for Learning About North America

Texas Printables: Flag & State FREE Outline | Learn Create Love

Yeehaw! A Texas (and Western) Unit | Fantastic First

Regions of Texas – Texas History | Teaching in the Fast Lane 

Texas Geography Unit | Adventures in Mommydom

FREE Texas Unit Study | Ben and Me

Texas Unit Study text and an image cut out the shape of Texas

Lesson Plans & Activities The Alamo and Texas Independence from Mexico | Mr.Donn

Texas Native American History Quick Unit Study (Middle School) | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool PLUS

Free Texas History Native American Quick Unit Study text with illustrated image of Native Americans and a cut out the shape of Texas

Texas State History for Kids | Ducksters

Check out these books to help Texas history come alive in your lessons:

20 Books for Texas History | Teaching in the Fast Lane

Books about Texas | From ABC to ACTS

Texas History Books (Sign Up for FREE Account) | epic!

Add these FREE printables to your lessons on Texas history.

Texas State FREE Unit Study and Printables | From ABC to ACTS

FREE Texas Printables for Homeschoolers | ThoughtCo.

Texas Symbols FREEBIE | Teaching with Haley OʻConnor

Yee! Haw! – Texas Symbols and a FREEBIE | Diary of a Teachaholic

Six Flags Over Texas FREE Printable | The Teaching Thief

FREE Texas Symbols, Pledge, and founders | Tracy Pippin

Texas Facts FREE Blank Worksheet | Student Handouts

Texas Social Studies Lessons and Activity Ideas | Kristine and Kim

FREE Texas State Flag Coloring Pages | In All Your Do

Free Printables and Unit Studies About Texas History

Texas History FREE Word Search | Monster Word Search

FREE Worksheet – Texas Trivia Page | Education.com

Texas Geography FREE Worksheet | Homeschool Helper Online

FREE Texas Capital, Symbols, and More | Homeschool Helper Online

Texas FREE Worksheets: State Facts and Symbols | 3 Boys and a Dog

Give your visual learners a Texas history video to break up your history lessons.

Texas History Facts for kids Video | TheLefthandedSinger

Feature History – Texas Revolution | Feature History

Texas for Kids – US States Learning Video | Homeschool Pop

How Texas Went From Mexico To America! | Koral Tea

HISTORY OF TEXAS – The Texan Animated History in a Nutshell | Knowledgia

Crafts and activities are a great way to get some hands-on engagement for your Texas history lesson.

Mrs. Ritenour’s Texas Crafts | Talented Kid Zone

FREE Copywork Cattle A Texas Poem For a Fun Unit Study | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool PLUS

Cattle a Texas Poem text with image example of the free copywork page

How Did Texas Get Such Great Bluebonnets Every Spring? Craft and Activity | Adventures in Mommydom

State Study: Texas PPT Presentation FREE | 50States

Hands-on Ideas For a Texas Unit Study | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool PLUS

Texas State Map FREE coloring page | Supercoloring Pages

FREE TX Regions Interactive Notebook Activities | Teaching in the Fast Lane

The Ultimate Guide to Hands-on Learning for Texas history | Adventures in Mommydom

How to Build the Alamo: Day 5 Hands-on Learning (FREE Texas Unit Study) | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool PLUS

I know this was a lot, but this is a BIG state full of fun things to learn about and fun activities to help your kids have an engaging history unit lesson.

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