Lesson Plan


This lesson plan really focuses in on two areas: the life of Black Cowboys and the importance of Cattle Trails. Students engage in discussions, readings, picture analysis, and creating trail routes to better understand the significance of cowboys and cattle trails in the expansion of the United States.


  • Social Studies > Geography
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5


SS5H1a Cattle Trails



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SS5H1.a: Social Studies Georgia Standards of Excellence - Grade 5

Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.
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