Our local city has a spring rodeo every year at the end of April and my class joined in the fun last week as we learned about cowboys and cowgirls. Here are just a few of the fun activities we completed.
I started out the week asking my students what they knew about the rodeo. Their answers were hysterical! 😂😂😂. A few students thought the rodeo was about singing and dancing. I recorded their answers on chart paper.
Then I told them what a rodeo really is and explained that it is actually a sport with many events. We watched quite a few short clips of rodeo events from YouTube. Here were some of our favorites.
Every Cowboy Needs a Horse Song
Rodeo Event clips–we just watched a few minutes of each event so students would get a general idea of what it was. I don’t even think I played the sound for them!
Bull Riding Clip
Saddle Bronc Riding
The boys of course loved watching bull riding!
We read a few fun “Wild West” themed books. My class especially enjoyed reading Little Red Hot by Eric Kimmel. This is a different version of Little Red Riding Hood and it is adorable! We also read Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg. This tall tale is so fun to read because it talks about Pecos Bill invented the first rodeo. Here is a picture of our books we read. We are also getting ready for farm week so those books are displayed as well.
My class absolutely loved playing this sight word game called, “Yee-Haw!” It’s very similar to bang. You place the sight word cards in a basket, shuffled face down and students take turns pulling cards. If they can read the word then they can keep the card, if they cannot read the card the. They have to put it back. If they choose a, “Yee-Haw” card then they have to put all their cards back in the basket. The person with the most cards is the winner.
We also sorted pictures by vowel sounds in a pocket chart. This is a great activity to prepare us for our end of year testing that is just around the corner!
We brainstormed about things a cowboy and cowgirl may need and wrote about it. We used our Western themed vocabulary words to help us with writing.
We practiced our addition skills with this fun wagon wheel activity. I substituted wagon wheels for dice to make it a little easier for little hands.
And we of course practiced counting and writing tally marks. My class needs all the practice they can get with this! You can pick up this tally mark activity for free here in my store: Western FREEBIE
The last activity we completed was a little Mustang shape art/craftivity. These turned out adorable!
If you are interested, all of the activities and more are included in my Giddy-Up Wild West Math and Literacy Pack. Here are some more photos from this unit:
I hope y’all have a rootin’ hootin’ hollering week!