Texas Conquistadors Activity with Doodle Notes for 7th Grade Texas History

Total Pages: 20
File Size: 2 MB


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Explore the Conquistadors and Explorers of Texas with this fun activity. Students will be given a clue – they then have to decipher the symbols to find the explorer the clue represents. Students will then take notes on their Cartoon Notes and wrap up the activity with a tree map analyzing the impact of the explorers on the Americas.

With this resource, you will receive:
Directions for how to conduct the activity.
– Content readings and clues on the major explorers of Texas including: Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, Estevanico, Coronado, De Soto and Moscosco, and La Salle.
Cartoon Notes Graphic Organizer for the explorers and their impact on the native peoples of the Americas.

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(2)  History. The student understands the causes and effects of European exploration and colonization of Texas and North America. The student is expected to:
(A)  summarize motivations for European exploration and settlement of Texas, including economic opportunity, competition, and the desire for expansion;
(B)  identify the accomplishments and explain the impact of significant explorers, including Cabeza de Vaca; Francisco Coronado; and René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, on the settlement of Texas;


(2)  History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues through the Mexican National Era shaped the history of Texas. The student is expected to:
(B)  identify important individuals, events, and issues related to European exploration of Texas such as Alonso Álvarez de Pineda, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his writings, the search for gold, …

(21)  Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired through established research methodologies from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
(A)  differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as computer software, databases, media and news services, biographies, interviews, and artifacts to acquire information about Texas;
(B)  analyze information by sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
(C)  organize and interpret information from outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;


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