Story Time

Go Texan Day
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Pre-school
How I spent my summer vacation by:Mark Teague
A schoolboy tell his class about his summer vacation, during which he joined a group of cowboys and stopped a cattle stampede.
The zebra-riding cowboy : a folk song from the Old West by:Angela Shelf Medearis
In this Western folk song, an educated fellow mistaken for a greenhorn proves his cowboy ability by riding a wild horse. Includes a discussion of Afro-American and Hispanic cowboys in the nineteenth century.
The clever cowboy by:Angela McAllister
Cowboy Baby by:Sue Heap
Sheriff Pa comes up with an unusual tactic to get Cowboy Baby and his pals to go to bed.
Little Old Big Beard and Big Young Little Beard : a short and tall tale by:Remy Charlip
Two cowboys in search of their lost cow, Grace, are delighted when she finally finds them.
Buckamoo girls by:Ellen Chavez Kelley
Rhyming text relates the adventures of two cows who long to be cowgirls as they head to the rodeo, participate in a hoedown, and experience other aspects of the "buckamoo girl" life.
I want to be a cowboy by:
Cowboy bunnies by:Christine Loomis
Little bunnies spend their day pretending to be cowboys: riding their ponies, mending fences, counting cows, eating chow, and singing cowboy tunes until it is time for bed.
Cowboy up! by: Larry Dane Brimner
Presents a rhyming look at a cowboy's day at the rodeo.

Note: Small size book
Cowboy Small by: Lois Lenski
Note: Small sized book
Lasso Lou and Cowboy McCoy by:Barbara Larmon Failing
McCoy buys himself a cowboy hat, which leads to a series of misadventures at the Bo-Dee-Oh Ranch
Cowboy Jos by:Susan Middleton Elya
A poor cowboy enters a rodeo to win a date from a pretty se?orita, but afterwards wonders if he should spend his winnings on the girl, who is only interested in the money, or on his trusty horse, whose encouragement helped him win.
Dress The Cowboy
Make felt cutouts of the articles of clothing-glue his head, hands, and feet onto the red flannel underwear-and dress him with this rhyme)
A cowboy dresses himself with care.
He starts with long, red ______(UNDERWEAR).
Out in the desert, you don't want to get hurt,
So the cowboy wears a strong wool ______(SHIRT).
Deserts and prairies are the cowboy's scenes;
To protect his legs, he wears sturdy blue______(JEANS).
The cowboy bent, and ran, and knelt.
To keep his pants up, he wore a leather ______(BELT).
The coyote howls, the old owl hoots.
On his feet, he wears leather ______(BOOTS).
It isn't yellow, so it's not a banana;
Around his neck, he wears a soft ______(BANDANA).
A cowboy is a cowboy, and that is that!
On top of his head, he wore a ten-gallon ______(HAT).
He's all dressed from head to feet,
And now our cowboy can't be beat!
I'm a Little Cowpoke

(tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little cowpoke
Here is my hat
Here are my spurs
And here are my chaps
As soon as I get up
I work all day
I get on my horse
And ride away
Texas songs

Tune: Bingo
I know a state that's big and great
And Texas is it's name oh
T - E - X - A - S
T - E - X - A - S
T - E - X - A - S
and Texas is its name-o.
(Continue with song leaving off letter just like in Bingo%2)
Diddle, Diddle, Dumplin'
D iddle, Diddle, Dumplin'
Diddle, diddle, dumplin
My son, John,
Went to bed
With his blue jeans on.
One boot off
And one boot on.
Diddle, diddle, dumplin
My son, John.
I'm a Tex
(substitute your own word)
I'm a Tex, I'm a Tex,
I'm a Texas Star.
I come from the west
Where the cowboys are.
I can ride 'em
I can rope 'em
I can show 'em how it's done.
Come on you cowboys
With your six-shootin' gun.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! (we pretend to shoot in air)
Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, (pretend to blow at gun)
Click, click, click, click, click (clicking sound with mouth with action of putting away the gun.)

I'm a Texas Star.
I eat pinto beans
From a great big jar
With some bacon
And some biscuits
And a little bit of salt.
Cookie burned my finger (Cookie is the name given to the cook)
But it's not my fault!
Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch! (shake fingers as if hurting)
Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo! (blow on fingers)
Click, click, click, click, click ( same as above sound, but put in "pockets")
I have an outline of a bluebonnet drawn on a piece of construction paper. I have also cut up lots of small blue squares out of tissue paper. The students use the end of their pencil to wrap each piece of tissue paper around their eraser end. The students put a dot of glue on the inside of their outlined bluebonnet and stick the end of their pencil in the glue. This makes the tissue paper come off. The students need to repeat this step until all of the white space is filled in. They can use a few white squares to put at the top. This looks great hanging around the room when you are studying Texas.
Trail Mix-
we also made trail mix in class.....the kids decorated their "saddle bags"...brown lunch bags....then went to the table to pick and choose what they would like to put into their trail mix...we put out treats like:
mini pretzels, mini marshmallows, raisins, little toasted breads....etc etc. choc chips, chex cereal, then we took our bags outside for a cowboy picnic!!