Bringing the Museum to you.
Take a virtual visit to the Museum through real-time, interactive video conferencing direct from Austin.
A Museum educator, primary sources, and interesting content is a winning instructional combination. All distance learning programs are designed with pre- and post-viewing activities, and provide a variety of teacher resources aligned to TEKS.
That was great! The kids were truly engaged. Mary C., Vista Elementary
2019-2020 Student Programs
La Belle: The Ship That Changed History
grades 4-7 | time: 50 minutes
Who was the 17th Century French explorer La Salle? How did the sinking of his ship, La Belle, change the history of Texas? What technological innovations were used to excavate and conserve this ship and its artifacts for over 300 years? Discover the answers to these questions by examining the artifacts found on the ship with a Museum Educator.
4th grade: 4.2a-c, 4.6a, 4.19a-c, 4.20a-b, 4.21a-c, 4. 22
5th grade: 5.1a,5.6a, 5.21b, 5.23a-c, 5.25a-b, 5.26a
6th grade: 7.1a, 7.2b, 7.2c, 7.18a, 7.18c, 7.20a-d, 7.22a, 7.23a
7th grade: 8.1a, 8.2a, 8.10a, 8.29a-c, 8.30a, 8.31a
First Encounters: When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa
grades: 4-7 | time: 50 minutes
How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum Educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal the many meanings of "Encounters on the Land".
4th grade: 4.1a, 4.1b, 4.1c, 4.2a, 4.2b, 4.6a, 4.6b, 4.9a, 4.19a
5th grade: 5.1a, 5.4f, 5.23a, 5.23d
6th grade: 7.1a, 7.2a, 7.2c, 7.8a, 7.20a
7th grade: 8.1a, 8.2a, 8.10a, 8.29e
Gone to Texas: Part of the Nation's Immigration Story
grades: 4-12 | time: 50 minutes
Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States.
4th grade: 2a, 4a,c, 7a, 8a-c, 9b, 12c, 19a, 21a-b, 22a-b
5th grade: 1a, 4c,e,g, 5a, 8b-c, 9a, 13c, 22a, 24a-b, 25a-b
6th grade: 1a-c, 4c, 5a-b, 6c, 7e, 10a-b, 11a-c, 19b, 21a-b, 22a
7th grade: 1a-c, 8b, 11c, 22a-b, 29a-b, 30a
Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution
grades: 4-7 | time: 50 minutes
What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.
4th grade: 4.2d, 4.2e, 4.3a, 4.3b, 4.3c, 4.13a, 4.19a, 4.19b, 4.19d
5th grade: 5.23a, 5.23b, 5.23d
6th grade: 6.9a, 6.10a, 6.19a, 6.19d
7th grade: 7.2d, 7.2e, 7.3a, 7.3b, 7.3c, 7.20a, 7.20b, 7.20e
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.29a, 8.29b, 8.29e
Mavericks, Dogies, and Drovers - Cattle Drives
grades: 4-7 | time: 50 minutes
People associate the word “cowboy” with “Texas” beginning with one specific time period in Texas history---the heyday of cattle drives. Although this era only lasted from 1866-1890, the cattle drive era shaped the image of Texas. Who started the cattle drives, and where did the trails go? What jobs could people do on a cattle drive, and what was life on the trail like? What were the risks and benefits of driving cattle to market? Hear from a special guest speaker, an 1870s cattle driver who has traveled through time to reminisce about his cattle drive experience.
3rd grade: 3.4a, 3.6a-c, 3.14b-c, 3.15a, 3.15d
4th grade: 4.4a-c, 4.6a, 4.10a, 4.10c, 4.11c-d, 4.19a-c, 4.20a-b, 4.21a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.4f, 5.11a-b, 5.22b, 5.23a-d, 5.24a-b, 5.26
6th grade: 6.6b-c, 6.15b, 6.19a-d, 6.20a, 6.21a-c, 6.22a
7th grade: 7.1a, 7.5c, 7.6b-d, 7.8a, 7.8c, , 7.12b, 7.20a-e, 7.21a-b, 7.22a, 7.23a
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.9c, 8.10a, 8.10c, 8.27c, 8.29a-e, 8.30a, 8.31a
Texas and the Civil War
grades: 4-12 | time: 50 minutes
Why did the United States divide and go to war against itself? How did this affect families, the economy, and enslaved people? What battles were fought within Texas' borders and what toll did these battles take on the soldiers? A Museum Educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings. A special guest from the past, major General Granger, will tell his story about how his reading of the Emancipation Proclamation brought about the end of slavery in Texas.
4th grade: 4.4a, 4.19a-b, 4.21a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.4b, 5.4d, 5.4e, 5.23a-d, 5.25a-c, 5.26
7th grade: 7.1a-b, 7.5a-c, 7.16a, 7.20 a-e , 7.22a, 7.23a
8th grade: 8.1a-b, 8.7a-c, 8.8b, 8.8c, 8.10a, 8.12b, 8.16b, 8.17b, 8.21a, 8.29a-e, 8.30a, 8.31a
What Makes Texas, Texas?
grades: K-7 | time: 50 minutes
What do you picture when you think about Texas? How much do you know about the symbols chosen by our Legislature? Which symbols of Texas are your favorites? A Museum Educator will lead students as they discover the important elements and symbols that represent our great state through site and sound.
Kindergarten: K.9a-b, K.14c-d, K.15
1st grade: 1.4b, 1.13a-c, 1.16a, 1.17c, 1.18
2nd grade: 2.1b, 2.11a, 2.11c, 2.15a-b, 2.16d-e, 2.17
3rd grade: 3.14c, 3.15a, 3.15d, 3.16
4th grade: 4.14a-c, 4.19a-b, 4.12a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.20b, 5.23 a-b, 5.25a-c, 5.26
6th grade: 6.19a-b, 6.21a-c, 6.22a
7th grade: 7.20a-b, 7.22a, 7.23a
Tall Tales in Texas
grades: K-5 | time: 45 minutes
What makes a story a tall tale? What are the characteristics of that genre? A Museum Educator will lead students in a discussion about the literary elements of a tall tale. The book, Pecos Bill Invents the Ten-Gallon Hat will be read aloud with an opportunity for discussion afterwards. During the discussion, students will evaluate the Tall Tale genre and determine whether this story fits the criteria.
Kindergarten: K.7a-d; K.8a
1st grade: 1.8a-d; 1.9a
2nd grade: 2.8a-d; 2.9a
3rd grade: 3.8a-d; 3.9a
4th grade: 4.8a-d; 4.9a; 4.10a-f
5th grade: 5.9a; 5.10a-f
Distance Learning at the Museum Demonstration
Discover how you and your students can experience the Story of Texas in your own classroom, wherever that might be. This program introduces Distance Learning at the Museum and demonstrates how to explore Texas history in exciting new ways through real-time, interactive video conferencing.
Museum 101: Teacher Orientation Workshop
Taking a field trip to the Museum for the first time? Need a refresher before your next visit? Led by a member of the Museum's Education Department, this program prepares you to guide your classes through a successful field trip. Explore the content and context of the Museum's exhibitions and films, learn strategies for teaching with primary sources, and discover great ways to integrate Museum-inspired activities into your classroom curriculum.
Registration and Scheduling
Distance learning program reservations are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The Museum makes all distance learning connections through www.connect2texas.net. Search for programs on specific dates and time by clicking on “Events” and select Bullock Texas State History Museum on the program filter and click “Apply” at the bottom.
To complete your registration, please provide:
- Name of a teacher or program coordinator to be with the class during the program
- IP and any additional connection information
- Name of a technical contact to test connection prior to the program date
- Education Service Center (ESC) number, if your school is in Texas
- Bridge contact information if applicable
Cost and Program Capacity
FREE! For the 2019-20 school year, all distance learning programs for students are free. The average program time is 45-60 minutes.
We recommend that no more than 35 students view a program at one time. This maximizes the interactive opportunities on both sides of the camera.
Postponement and Cancellation Policies
If wild Texas weather hits or something else unexpected happens, your program may be postponed. We'll do our best to provide you advance notice. We'll also be happy to work with you to reschedule the program.
If you need to cancel, please provide one week's notice.
Videotaping of any Museum distance learning program is not permitted.
The Museum makes all distance learning connections through www.connect2texas.net. Connect2Texas is our videoconferencing bridge service and support partner that is run by Education Service Center Region 11.
You must have a compatible videoconferencing system to participate. This can include desktop computers with internet access (preferably not wireless), eyeball camera, speaker and microphone. Our programs CANNOT be connected via Skype, Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime because these are "closed" networks. Connect2Texas can provide a desktop connection via Zoom.
For technical assistance or to ask questions about connectivity options, contact Lori Hamm-Neckar, 817-740-7516, C2TX@esc11.net
The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
Additional support provided by The William Stamps Farish Fund.