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    Western ideas
    By JP

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    I had so much fun with this unit last year. We spent lots of time on it. We made cowboy vests with fringed edges from paper grocery bags, painted cowboy hats made from newspaper and masking tape(they were great), stick horses from wrapping paper rolls, with yarn manes, and used a bedsheet to cut triangles of fabric to make bandanas. For large motor activities we learned to gallop and square dance. We also made a cute book using the poem "I'm a Texas Star" as the basis. Kids drew pictures for each line of the poem around a circle I cut out of each page. We then glued a picture of the child dressed in western garb on the back cover to make it appear as if they were a part of the drawing on each page. We also had a parents night to end the unit with the children performing western songs, square dancing and little activites set up around the gym. Things like roping a steer (I had drawn a picture of a steer with horns on cardboard to throw hoops over, bull riding (bouncing balls with handles and a huge sticker with a bulls face printed on it....)milking the cow (big cardboard cutout of a cow with a rubber glove udder fitted to hang below, filled with water and poked small holes in the tips of the fingers, placed a metal bucket undre the glove and when squeezed the water would come out. It was a Huge hit....if you need anything else let me know...these were just the highlights. P.S. My school is in Texas


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