Card Sort: American Cowboys and their Equipment

This outstanding card sort is designed to be used as a starter or plenary. Students cut out the cards and match the cowboy’s equipment with the correct names or labels. This shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes from beginning to end.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a two page Microsoft Word Document which includes a learning objective, instructions and nine key words mixed up with their correct labels to be sorted. On the second page, you have a photograph of a cowboy with arrows pointing to the appropriate pieces of equipment. These can be used along with the correctly sorted cards to label the cowboy. This activity can also be purchased with an accompanying PowerPoint under a similar title or as part of a bundle of resources on the American West.

The aims and objectives of this activity are:

  • Theme: The American West
  • Know: What equipment did a cowboy use to do his job?
  • Understand: How did cowboys use their equipment?
  • Evaluate: How successfully did cowboys adapt to their environment?

WILF: What Am I Looking For?

  • Identify and describe: The equipment carried by cowboys
  • Explain: How was each piece of equipment used?
  • Analyse: Begin to come to a judgement on how successfully cowboys adapted to their environment?

If you like this resource then why not check out my other resources on this topic in my TES shop, where many have been bundled together to provide you with further savings. You can also follow ‘The History Academy’ on Twitter, Google Plus, YouTube and Facebook for the latest updates or even to get in touch and chat about how you have used this resource or to ask questions. We aim to produce cheap and affordable resources for either the price of a good cup of coffee or a happy meal so that you can spend more time doing the things that you want.
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Created: Oct 27, 2016

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