Texas - School-Age
28th State (December 29, 1845), the southwest U.S.
State Abbreviation: TX
Origin of name: From a Native American word meaning friends.
Motto: Friendship; derived from the meaning of the word "Texas." Spanish settlers adopted the word "Tejas" from a Caddo Indian word meaning "ally" or "friendship."
Nickname: Lone Star State
Things to Know
In San Antonio, Texas sits the ruins of an old Spanish mission. In the 1700's, Catholic prists lived atthe mission. By 1793, the mission was a fort known as the Alamo. Conflict developed between Mexico and the American settlers in Texas. A great battle took place there in 1836.
Famous People From Texas
Steven Fuller Austin founding father of Texas, Austinville,VA
Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. president, Stonewall
Printable fact sheet on President Lyndon B. Johnson provides you with photos and personal information.
Armadillo Rodeo Book
Amadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
Most armadillos are happy scratching sand and eating, but Bo longs for adventure. And adventure Bo gets, the day Harmony Jean breaks in her brand-new chili- pepper-red cowboy boots by the banks of Can Creek.
Sites to See
Texas State Quarter
Read about the Massachusetts State Quarter and print out the color page.
The Texas State Symbols Quiz
Read Texas facts and test your knowledge with the Texas Symbols Matching Game.
Figure out just how tall the horses are on the Measuring-Up Activity Page.
Dance: The Texas Two-Step