Lesson plans and related information are provided to encourage
the use of primary source materials in the teaching of Oklahoma history.
Primary source materials offer students firsthand evidence of history. As
students analyze historical records, they practice critical thinking
skills and gain a better understanding of people and events.
Museums, historical societies, libraries and other organizations across
the state preserve and protect Oklahoma’s unique history. These
institutions welcome the opportunity to share information about their
The following lesson plans
and activities are designed for use with fourth grade students. Particular emphasis
has been placed on social studies and information literacy skills. Oklahoma
Academic Student Skills (PASS) objectives for each are noted. These
materials are adaptable for other subjects and grade levels.
All lesson plans are in Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format. Click
here if you need Acrobat reader.
Lesson Plan in Three Parts
Farming Using Primary Source Materials (480Kb)
Harvest Time/Primary and Secondary
Sources/Photographic Analysis Worksheet (1.1Mb)
Farming Photographs (1.1Mb)
Lesson Plan in Six Parts
Learning About Cowboys Using Primary Source Materials
A Cowboy’s Gear
Come And Get It: The Chuck Wagon
Home on the Range: The Life of
The Devil’s Rope
For questions, additional information, or to offer suggestions
for future revisions please
contact Jan Davis at (405) 522-3191
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