We went outside and made positional patterns using the positions of our legs and bodies. I started the patterns and the students finished. We named our patterns using letters. Then we went inside and students created a positional patterns by drawing cowboy hats. Then students labeled their patterns.
We read The Gingerbread Cowboy and Armadilly Chili. We mapped a character from each story and illustrated/wrote about an action from the story and the reason for their action. We also mapped each story by illustrating the characters, setting, and key events from the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We also illustrated a sensory detail for each of our five senses.
We read Cowboy Camp and discussed different things cowboys and cowgirls do. Then we wrote and illustrated why we want to be a cowboy or cowgirl.
We read an article about how a cowboy's clothes helps meets his needs and helps him do his job. Then we labeled a cowboy together and discussed what the purpose of each item of clothing was for. Then students labeled their own cowboy. As they were labeling, I walked around and asked each student the purpose of one piece of clothing. We also created a class book where students illustrated a cowboy. Then students wrote to explain the purpose of one piece of the cowboy's clothing.
Teachers who are interested in these activities can check out my Cowboy Learning Fun unit here.