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Davy Crockett was one of the brave men who was killed at the Battle of the Alamo.  There are lots of folktales about him, but he was a real man.  Some people confuse him with Daniel Boone because both of them were frontiersmen and both are often portrayed wearing a coonskin cap (even though neither man usually wore one).  However, Boone was 50 years older than Crockett and explored Kentucky, whereas Crockett explored Tennessee.  Another difference is that Davy Crockett was involved in politics and served as a Congressman from Tennessee.  When he wasn’t reelected, he went further west to Texas and volunteered to help defend the Alamo, where he died.   He didn’t like being called Davy (neither do I, by the way) and always went by the name David.

In this Solo podcast, David takes you to San Antonio, Texas in the southwest region of the United States.  Learn about the Battle of the Alamo; find out how San Antonio has changed over time; see the how different landmarks look during the day and night (including a 750-foot tall tower and a pair of 40-foot tall boots); explore the ruins of an old Spanish mission; and review maps, conservation, clouds, and shadows. Come on, let’s go trekkin’!

SOL Correlation:

K.2 The student will describe everyday life in the present and in the past and begin to recognize that things change over time.

K.3 The student will describe the relative location of people, places, and things by using positional words, with emphasis on near/far, above/below, left/right, and behind/in front. 

K.5a The student will develop an awareness that maps and globes

  1. a)show a view from above

K.7a The student will investigate and understand that shadows occur when light is blocked by an object.  Key concepts include

a) shadows occur in nature when sunlight is blocked by an object;

K.9a The student will investigate and understand that change occurs over time and rates may be fast or slow.  Key concepts include

  1. a)natural and human-made things may change over time;

2.5b The student will develop map skills by

b) locating selected rivers (James River, Mississippi River, Rio Grande), mountain ranges (Appalachian Mountains and Rocky Mountains), and lakes (Great Lakes) in the United States

4.6b The student will investigate and understand how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted. Key concepts include

  1. b)weather phenomena (fronts, clouds, and storms). (Essential Knowledge: Cumulus clouds are fluffy and white with flat bottoms).

SW1.1 The student will demonstrate and develop skills for historical and geographical analysis; make connections between the past and the present; analyze/interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events; and distinguish between parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude.

SW1.2b The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables to locate and describe the location of the Southwest geographic region of the United States: Great Plains and Basin and Range.

SW1.2c The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables to locate and identify the land features, water features, and climate important to the early history of the Southwest region of the United States: Rio Grande, Colorado River, and Gulf of Mexico.

Davy Crockett fighting at the Alamo.  Photo Credits

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