Wild West Careers: Cowboys and the Cattle Drive
This product contains 9 one-page reading passages covering Cowboys in the 1800s, the Cattle Drive, Branding, the Chuckwagon and Food, Hazards on the Trail, the End of the Cattle Drive, and more. This product is also perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included). THIS LESSON INCLUDES READING PASSAGES, ACTIVITIES, REVIEW GAME, WORKSHEET AND TEACHER’S KEY.

Cowboys have been depicted in movies and television for decades – portraying their lives as non-stop adventures in the Wild West. This lesson plan covers the job of a 1800s cowboy and his life on a cattle drive and includes:

Reading Passages: *
9 one-page reading passages covering the following topics:

• Cowboys in the 1800s
• Cows and Cattle
• The Cattle Drive: Trails, Bosses and Responsibilities
• Hazards and Dangers on the Trail
• Branding the Cattle
• Cowboy Clothes
• Cookie and Food
• Chuckwagon
• End of a Cattle Drive

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Job Application: Cowboy
 Create a Code to Live By!
 Analyze Cowboy Songs
 Name Your Ranch and Create a Brand
 Make Some Cowboy Food!
 Review Worksheet and Teacher’s Key
 Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
 Cowboy Jokes
 Listen to Other Cowboy Songs
 Tie Some Knots
 Coloring Pages

This is one lesson in a series of “Wild, Wild West Careers Lesson Plans.” Each of the Wild, Wild West Careers lesson plans covers the career and information about the time period as it relates to the career. The series covers the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion. Each lesson can also be used individually.

*These Reading Passages also appear in my other Wild West History Products


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Created: Jul 22, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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