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Dusty Old Dust

Grades 3-12

As they sit in a 1930s "house," students will experience the Dust Bowl through the stories, photographs, readings, video and music that come from both primary and secondary sources. The program will show how the drought and poor environmental practices greatly affected the quality of life for Panhandle people. School groups will be divided into groups of 30 or less and have a rotation schedule for the program.

TEKS: Social Studies: 4.4C, 4.5A, 4.7BC, 4.8 AD, 4.9ABC, 4.10B, 4.11AB, 4.13ABCDEF, Language Arts: 4.1ABC, 4.2C (TEKS are grade comparable)

The program is free with $3 student museum admission. Reservations must be made two weeks prior to visit.

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T ANCHOR RANCH HEADQUARTERS

Grades K-12


"Cowboy Mike" dressed as an 1890s cowboy, talks about his clothing and early Panhandle ranching using the T Anchor Ranch Headquarters on the east lawn of the museum. The ranch house was constructed in Randall County in 1877 by Leigh Dyer, bother-in-law of Charles Goodnight. The house has the distinction of being the first hewn-log house built in the Texas Panhandle using cedar logs from Palo Duro Canyon. The house has served as a pay office, post office, chow hall, bunk house and dining hall. The house was moved from its original location to the WTAMU campus in 1975 and is curated by PPHM.


The program is free with $3 student museum admission. Reservations must be made two weeks prior to visit.


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Dusty old dust 
Dusty old dust 
T Anchor Ranch Headquarters 
T Anchor Ranch Headquarters 
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Come Make Your Own Connection Tours, Activities and Programs
Grades K-12


PPHM offers student tours that provide opportunities to make personal connections to the Texas Panhandle, to Texas and beyond, reinforcing subjects taught in the classroom. Tours can be customized to teacher specifications, content and duration during the scheduling process.

This visit can feature docent-guided or teacher-guided tours. Each guided tour lasts about 20-30 minutes. Large groups of students will be divided into smaller groups of 20-30 students. Each groups should have a teacher or chaperone in charge. Groups can choose up to three programs, activities and/or tours for their visit.

My Museum Journal - New design and content!
**Click on the cover for a PDF of the completed journal**
By teacher request, students receive a museum journal (no additional charge) that helps students stay focused and reinforce their writing skills. This journal contains vocabulary words, a Panhandle timeline and critical thinking questions and is recommended for 2nd through 6th grade students. This activity will be available for teacher-led tours only.


The program is free with $3 student museum admission. Reservations must be made two weeks prior to visit.

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PPHM Scavenger Hunts
Grades: K-7

Students become detectives with PPHM Scavenger Hunts, which assist students with word and object recognition while having a good time. They search in pairs either in the Pioneer Town exhibit or our Special Exhibit area in the basement to find the listed objects. This is a great end-of-school activity!

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Past, Present and Future of the Ogallala Aquifer
Recommended for grades 4-8
Duration 20 minutes

This program will present the past, present and future of the Ogallala Aquifer and its importance in the region. Students will learn the geologic history of the aquifer, how it formed and was filled. Also presented will be its discovery and the subsequent use of the aquifer by humans. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss the future of the aquifer and form their own thoughts on its continued use and preservation.


Students will have the opportunity to:

· Learn how and when the Ogallala Aquifer was formed.

· Examine the history of its use by humans.

· Discover what we use the water in the aquifer for.

· Discuss how we can help limit the use of the water in the aquifer and keep it useable.


TEKS: Science (4) 3 B,C, 7 B,C; (5) 7 B,C; (6) 3 A,B, 10 D; (7) 3 A,B, 8 A,B,C; (8) 3 A,B, 8 A,B,C

Social Studies (4) 6 A,B, 12 B; (5) 23 D; (6) 3 A, 5 A,B,C; (7) 7 B, 9 A,B,C; (8) 10 C

Language Arts (4) 27 A,B, 28, 29; (5) 27 A,B,C, 28, 29; (6) 26 A,B,C, 27, 28; (7) 26 A,B,C, 27, 28; (8) 26 A,B,C, 27, 28

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Come Make Your Own Connection Tours 
PPHM Scavenger Hunts 
Past, Present and Future of the Ogallala Aquifer 
Past, Present and Future of the Ogallala Aquifer 
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*NEW* Prairie Plants with a Purpose

Students will discover the history of the uses of native plants on the High Plains and identify the most common plants that they might encounter every day.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the edible and medicinal native plants of the Southern High Plains, discuss their uses in an historical context and see how they might be used today and get “hands-on” with some of the more than 300 native species traditionally used in the Southern Plains.

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The Science of Polymers
Grades 4-8

Students will explore what makes a polymer, how polymers relate to their everyday lives and will have an opportunity to do hands-on experiments related to polymers and liquid densities. Students will discover what makes a polymer and explore densities of liquids. Students will discuss everyday uses for polymers and how they relate to our lives. The lesson also features a hands on experiment with polymers and liquid densities.


Geology and the Rock Cycle

Grades 4-8

Students will explore the rock cycle and how rocks are formed, then learn about how rocks relate to the panhandle geology and how oil is formed. Students will then be given the opportunity to do a hands-on activity related to the rock cycle.

Students will have the opportunity to learn how the rock cycle leads to strata in rock formations like Palo Duro Canyon. The lesson also features a hands-on activity.

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*NEW* Prairie Plants with a Purpose 
Geology and the Rock Cycle 
The Science of Polymers 
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