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28th State (December 29, 1845), the southwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: TX

Nickname: Lone Star State

Origin of Name: From a Native American word meaning friends.



Texas State:

Capital: Austin
Friendship; derived from the meaning of the word
"Texas." Spanish settlers adopted the word "Tejas" from a
Caddo Indian word meaning "ally" or "friendship."
Texas State Seal
Bird: Mockingbird
Fish: Guadalupe bass
Flower: Bluebonnet
Flying Mammal:Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Fruit:Ruby Red Grapefruit
Gemstone: Blue Topaz
Insect: Monarch Butterfly
Large Mammal:Longhorn Cattle
Plant: Pear Cactus
Reptile: Horned Lizard
Seashell: Lightning Whelk
Small Mammal: Armadillo
Song: Texas, Our Texas
Tree: Pecan

Texas State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)


Things to Know

United States Senators from Texas.

Texas is the country's biggest producer of oil, cattle, sheep, minerals and cotton.

Historical Sites: The Alamo in San Antonio

Major Rivers: Brazos River , Red River, Rio Grande (border between Texas and Mexico)

Famous Texans

Steven Fuller Austin founding father of Texas, Austinville,VA

Babe Didrikson Zaharias , 1914-1956
Zaharias is recognized as the greatest woman athlete of the first half of the twentieth century.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. president, Stonewall
Printable fact sheet on President Lyndon B. Johnson provides you with photos and personal information.

George W. Bush , 43rd President of the United States.
Printable fact sheet on President George W. Bush provides you with photos and personal information.

Things to Do

A to Z Kids Stuff Activities for the "Legend of the Blue Bonnet"

A to Z Kids Stuff Bats

A to Z Kids Stuff Western Day

Sites to See

The Alamo
Read about Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, the events leading to the siege, build a model of the Alamo, and more.

Mysteries of the Caminos Reales (Grade 4+)
Developed by students at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Explore the routes established during the Spanish Colonial Period to connect a series of missions and posts. The site educates students about Indians, missions, and geography as well as other topics.

Texas Department of Health-Kids
Health-oriented activities and lesson plans for grades K-5.

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.

Activities for Armadillo Rodeo

Armadillo Milk Carton Project
An armadillo project that you can make out of a small paper carton.

Draw an armadillo

Coloring Alphabet Traditional Armadillo

Cursive alphabet A armadillo

Armadillo Rodeo Color Page

Color Pages

Texas State Flag

Texas Hill Country Coloring Book

Pictures of Texas

Remember the Alamo

Things To Do-Other Sites

The Texas State Symbols Quiz
Read Texas facts and test
your knowledge with the Texas Symbols Matching Game.

A Texas Alphabet
(Grades 1-3)
Children create an ABC book based on the people, places and things found in Texas.

Read The History of the Cowboy

Figure out just how tall the horses are on the Measuring-Up Activity Page .

TWD Kids Page
Learn about Texas. Activites, activity packs, color pages, and much more.

Song: Deep In The Heart of Texas

Dance: The Texas Two-Step


The QTVR Capitol Tour: A panoramic 360 degree tour of the state capitol building. This requires the Apple QTRV plug-in.

Stories to Read

The Legend of Lone Star Bob and Bluebonnet Betty


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