Cowboy/Rodeo Theme

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  • "The rodeo is coming to town!" A very simple reading comprehension.
  • A western theme calendar header and set of patterned calendar day cards, featuring diverse cowboys and cowgirls, horses, saddle, boots, etc. Includes a set of labels of the 12 months of the year in different colors. Patterned calendar days can help students recognize sequence and patterns.
  • Color this picture of a cowboy hat. Use for shapebooks, bulletin boards, booklet covers, etc., or trace and cut out for a great shapebook.
  • Help the cowboy get the rope
  • Review vocabulary and facts featured in Mary Pope Osborne's 10th Magic Tree House book (most of this lesson can be used without the book). Also on abcteach.com: crossword, word search, and word scramble.
  • Help the cowboy find the way to the sheriff's badge
  • A 1 page reading comprehension selection, "The Wild Pony" is realistic fiction. It is followed by 3 multiple choice questions and 4 questions requiring short written responses.
  • "Cowboy Tom ropes thirteen cows and puts them into a corral. He forgets to shut the gate and seven escape. How many are left?"
  • "Cowboy Jake is competing in a rodeo. In the last event, a bull kicks him in the arm and breaks it, but he still wins $144 in all. How much does he have left after he pays a doctor $66 to put his arm in a cast?"
  • "A stagecoach can drive ten miles per hour. How far can it drive in one hour? How far in two hours? How far in nine hours?" All problems feature skip counting by 10s.
  • "The cowgirl is in front of the fence." Choose the sentence that best describes the picture.
  • "Cowboy Tom worked from seven in the morning until three in the afternoon yesterday building two miles of fence. He was paid $48. What was his hourly wage?"
  • "Cowboy Tom helped at a roundup. The first week, he caught 61 cows. The second week he caught only nine. How many did he catch altogether?" Five problems, simple addition.
  • A fictional reading comprehension about a boy's vacation with his father, who loves the cowboy life rather more than his son does.
  • "Cowboy Tom helped at a roundup. He earned $1.50 for every cow he caught. The first week, he caught 99 cows. The second week he caught 273. How many did he catch altogether?" Five addition problems.
  • Read the events, put them in order (explaining the reasoning for the order), then write them into a story with creative embellishments. This lesson is adaptable to a variety of levels.
  • Students practice reading basic graphs with this rodeo-themed worksheet.
  • Read the "Great American Rodeo" advertisement and answer the comprehension questions; practice distinguishing between fact and opinion; then write about your own rodeo experiences.
  • "Cowboy Tom ropes seven cows and puts them into a corral. He forgets to shut the gate and four escape. How many are left?"
  • "Cowboy Tom catches two bulls. Cowboy Mike catches five bulls. How many bulls do they catch altogether?"
  • "What time do the cowboys get up?" Read the clock and answer the questions.
  • Read a Pecos Bill tall tale and answer the multiple choice questions, then read a true story about Pecos Bill with short answer comprehension questions. Sort fact from fiction in a review worksheet. Think and write about the values reflected in these tall tales. Finally: Write your own Pecos Bill tall tale. A great unit!
  • "Cowboy Jake is afraid of rattlesnakes. He sees a lot of them on the ranch where he lives. In fact, he sees an average of thirty every year. About how many has he seen in the nine years he has lived on the ranch?"
  • Read the story, then number the events as they occur in the story. Write the story again in your own handwriting and draw a picture to go with the text.
  • Cut out the pictures and put them in order next to the sentences. Then read a story that uses the sentences as the foundation. Good early reader work.