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Texas bird’s-eye views provide a wealth of opportunities for social studies, history, art, and language arts teachers of all grade levels. A single view allows students to explore the themes of immigration, city planning and development, transportation, economics, two-point perspective, and civic pride—to name only a few. The lesson plans included on this site provide cross-curricular activities with TEKS connections.

For more information about this and other curriculum based on the Amon Carter Museumís collection, call 817.989.5030 or e-mail education@cartermuseum.org.

Additional Resources

While supplies last, teachers may request a free poster of the 1891 Fort Worth view for their classrooms by e-mailing trc@cartermuseum.org or calling 817.989.5035. Please include your name and complete mailing address.

The Carter’s Teaching Resource Center has materials that can supplement your students’ study of Texas bird’s-eye views. They are available for free loan to teachers in the North Texas area; teachers outside this area may find these resources at their school or public libraries. For a list of materials and check-out procedures, please click here.

Elementary School Lesson Plans and Supplements

  1. Riding the Rails across Texas
  2. Bound for Texas
  3. Wanted: Texas Workers

Middle School Lesson Plans and Supplements

  1. Landmarks over Time
  2. Texas Transportation
  3. Texas Economics, Politics, and Society
  4. Texas Industries Then and Now
  5. Making a Bird’s-Eye View

High School Lesson Plans and Supplements

  1. Transformation of Texas Transportation
  2. Where’s the Point?
  3. Seeing through Immigrants’ Eyes