Distance Learning

Bringing the Museum to you.

Connect with a Museum Educator through live, interactive videoconferencing direct from Austin.

As of November 1, 2022, we are accepting registrations for Distance Learning programs. To schedule a session, please email us at Distance.Learning@thestoryoftexas.com with a list of potential dates and times.

Can't bring your class to the Museum? Bring the Museum to your class! Distance learning at the Museum allows students to explore history through conversations with Museum Educators. These curriculum-enhancing experiences will engage your students in examining artifacts and primary sources and thinking critically about a Texas history topic. All programs are designed with pre-and post-viewing activities and a variety of teacher resources aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

 

2022–2023 Student Programs

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 what impact these first encounters made upon these early Texans.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:

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
7th grade: 7.1a, 7.2a, 7.2c, 7.8a, 7.20a
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.2a, 8.10a, 8.29e

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 300-year-old ship and its artifacts? Discover the answers to these questions by examining the artifacts found on the ship with a Museum Educator.

TEKS Social Studies Curriculum Integration:

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: 6.2a, 6.2b, 6.5b, 6.13c, 6.13d, 6.19a-d
7th grade: 7.1a, 7.2b, 7.2c, 7.18a, 7.18c, 7.20a-d, 7.22a, 7.23a
8th grade: 8.1a, 8.2a, 8.10a, 8.29a-c, 8.30a, 8.31a

Spanish Missions in Texas

grades 4-8 | time: 50 minutes

Why did the Spanish attempt to build Missions in Texas? What effect did this have on the Native Americans living in Texas? Were these Missions a success or a failure? Explore these questions alongside a museum educator using maps, timelines, and historical information.

TEKS Social Studies Curriculum Integration:

4th grade: 4.2b, 4.2c, 4.9a-b, 4.19a-d, 4.20 a-b, 4.21a-c, 4.22
5th grade: 5.1a, 5.23a-e, 5.24a-b, 5.25a-c, 5.26
6th grade: 6.21a-c, 6.22
7th grade: 7.1a-b, 7.2a-c, 7.20a-e, 7.21b, 7.22 a-c, 7.23
8th grade: 8.2a, 8.23a, 8.29 a-f, 8.30a, 8.31

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.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:

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

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 announced the end of slavery in Texas.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:

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

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.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:

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

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? What challenges and opportunities did they face? 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. 

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:

4th grade: 4.4.11c, 4.11d, 4.19a
5th grade: 5.1a, 5.4f, 5.5a, 5.12c, 5.23a, 5.23d
7th grade: 7.1b, 7.7e, 7.9b, 7.10a, 7.10b, 7.20a, 7.21a
8th grade: 8.23a, 8.29a

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 sight and sound.

TEKS Social Studies curriculum correlations:

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.

TEKS English Language Arts curriculum correlations:

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

Fun with Fractured Fairy Tales

grades: K-5  |  time: 45 minutes

Bubba is bossed around the family ranch by his wicked step-daddy and his nasty stepbrothers. Bubba never complains, though. He is a real cowboy. What makes a story a fairy tale? What are the characteristics of that genre? A Museum Educator will lead students in a discussion about the literary elements of a fairy tale. The book, Bubba The Cowboy Prince, by Helen Ketteman, will be read aloud with an opportunity for discussion afterwards. During the discussion, students will evaluate the fairy tale genre and find out why this story is a "fractured fairy tale."

TEKS English Language Arts curriculum correlations:

Kindergarten: B(1)a, c; B(5)b ,c, e, f, g; B(6)a, c, d; B(7)b, c, d; B(8)a
First Grade: B(1)a, c; B(6)b, c, e, f; B(7)a, c, d; B(8)a, b, c, d; B(9)a
Second Grade: B(1)a, c; B(6)b, c, e, f; B(7) a, c, d; B(8)b, c, d; B(9)a
Third Grade: B(1)a, c; B(6)b, c, d, e, f; B(7)a, c, d; B(8)b, c, d; B(9)a
Fourth Grade: B(1)a, c; B(6)b, c, e, f; B(7)a, c, d; B(8)b, c; B(9)a
Fifth Grade: B(1)a, c; B(6)b, c, e, f; B(7)a, c, d; B(8)b, c; B(9)a

Singin’ the Blues in Texas

grades: K–12  |  time: 45 minutes

When you live in Texas, you might hear many different genres of music playing on the radio—including the blues! What is the blues, and how did this style come about? What instruments, like the guitar, are used in the blues? How have Texan artists put a unique spin on the blues?

This program will highlight the African origin of blues music and instruments. It will also feature musical theory, poetry-based lyric patterns, and other specific characteristics of the blues. Plus, you'll get to try your hand at becoming a blues musician yourself!

TEKS Music curriculum correlations:

Kindergarten: B-1(c); 2(c); 4(c)
1st  grade: B-1(b,d); 3(c); 6(d)
2nd grade: B-1(b,c); 3(c); 6(d)
3rd grade: B-1(b,c); 3(c); 5(b);6(d)
4th grade: B-1(b,c); 3(c); 5(c); 6(d)
5th grade: B-1(b,d); 3(c); 5(c); 6(d)
Middle School: C-1(a); 2(b,c,); 4(b) /Soc. St 6th grade: 16 (a,b,c)
High School: C-1)a,e,); 3(b); 5(a)

Texas Themed Poetry

grades: K–5  |  time: 45 minutes

Are all poems alike? What makes one poem different from another? Students will listen to two Texas-themed poems from a museum educator. Then, students will analyze the poems to learn about the structure of poetry and the different styles of poems. Students will explore figurative language often found in poetry and have an opportunity to write Texas themed poems of their own.

TEKS English Language Arts curriculum correlations:

Kindergarten: 8(B)
1st Grade: 9 (B); 12(A)
2nd grade: 9(B) ; 12 (A)
3rd Grade: 9(B); 12(A)
4th Grade: 9(B); 12(A)
5th Grade: 9(B); 12(A)

Registration and Scheduling

Distance learning program reservations are limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To schedule a session, please email us at Distance.Learning@thestoryoftexas.com with a list of potential dates and times.

Cost and Program Capacity

FREE! For the 2022–2023 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 participate in a program at one time. This maximizes the interaction opportunities on both sides of the camera. There may be two classrooms connected at a time.

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 by emailing Distance.Learning@thestoryoftexas.com.

Recording Policy

Recording of any Museum distance learning program is not permitted.

Technical Requirements

You must have a device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone) with internet access (hard wire connections preferred over wireless), camera, microphone, and a way to display in the classroom (large monitor, projector, smartboard, etc.). Our programs are connected using Zoom. Connect2Texas will provide the connection link.

For technical assistance, testing, or to ask questions about connectivity, contact Lori Hamm-Neckar, (817) 740-7516, C2TX@esc11.net.

School Field Trips presented by The John M. O'Quinn Foundation.

School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsor The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation and contributing sponsor The Honorable Kent R. Hance.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.