Welcome back for the Spanish Missions of Texas edition of a peek inside my Texas History INB.If you would like to check out previous entries on setting up your notebook, maps, regions of Texas, Native Americans, European explorers, Spanish Missions, or Colonization just click on the title.
Spanish Missions of Texas
The Spanish missions in Texas are one of the most recognizable landmarks in Texas for my students. With Austin being so close to San Antonio most, if not all, of my students have been to the Alamo and many have been to several of the missions. This unit is always fun, because seeing the connection they make to what they have seen just send those lightbulbs a twitter.
Our first entry into our INBs is all about the people of the Spanish Missions.
From there we move to the parts of the Mission. Most students who have visited one, or all, of the missions, don’t realize that there was once more to them than just the church. We also discuss Jose Escandon and his impact on Texas through the Spanish missions.
Next comes my students’ favorite part, the QR Quest to learn more about each of the missions. There are two different scaffolded versions of the Quest and it is perfect for completing as an assessment or in a station while you work with a small group.
Throughout the unit, we also use these task cards to check our learning as we go. I love to use them as exit tickets or writing prompts for quick writes in our INBs.