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This activity is designed to familiarize students with the cowboy culture of the Old West and its presence in our modern times.
Students should have an understanding of what culture means and what it represents. Culture is a way of living. It can be your beliefs, a form of art or dance and/or certain traditions or customs of a group of people. Each culture has certain traditions and cultural activities that we may learn and participate in as we live in that culture.
This activity focuses on the cowboy culture of the Old West and its presence in our modern times. In any community in the state of Utah you will find the influence of cowboys. The following activities are designed to familiarize the students with this culture that is unique to the American West where they live. A cowboy is defined simply as a person who works on a ranch and rides on a horse while he herds cattle. However, on the modern day ranch, the job has evolved into more duties such as branding, fencing, hay production, and machine and animal maintenance.
The American cowboy was actually created as a result of the Civil War. Beef was sold to the soldiers and they grew to like it. It also became more popular with the city folk in towns further east. During the war the plains cattle went unattended and grew into a free roaming herd five million strong. An animal that was worth a few dollars in Texas was worth up to fifty in the north. Thus, herding the cattle to rail stations created the cattle drive and also the need for the cowboy.
To be a cowboy or cowgirl a person needs a few basic items to
accomplish the job. In order to be a cowboy you need to have the
From the mid-1800s to the present day, the romantic journey of the cowboy has evolved. The cowboy continues to influence our movies, music, dance, dress and even toys.
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Come to class dressed as a cowboy. Read How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Have a cowboy volunteer come to class and discuss cowboy items and lifestyle.
Rimaly, B.K.; (1999) Increasing the Literacy Growth of Kindergarten Students thorough Developmentally Appropriate Emergent Literacy (ERIC-Education Resource Information Center) ED 436761
Using integrated thematic units that incorporate emergent literacy instructional strategies such as read-alouds, story retelling using props, shared reading, acquisition of vocabulary, music, art and writing activities enhances learning.
Suther, L., & Larkin, V. (1996) Early Childhood Arts Games (ERIC Education Resource Information Center) ED403-056
The arts are central to quality early childhood programs. Using games, music, dance and movement help develop physical skills such as coordination, jumping, and ball handling. Cognitive skills such as language development, problem solving and social skills (cooperation, sharing and group negotiation) are enhanced through the arts.