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History of Cowboy Culture

Grade Level: Primary School and Middle School
Discipline: Humanities
Language: English
School Board: Foothills School Division
Website: Visit History of Cowboy Culture


Stories of ranching and cowboy life have been sung and told around campfires in the hills surrounding the Bar U Ranch for over a century. Two grade 3 classes from Red Deer Lake School, a grade 2/3 class from Millarville School, and students in grade 6 & 8 from McLaren School worked together on an inquiry study into the culture, the challenges and the future of the cowboy. The untold stories, poems and memories of cowboy life are retold in video, poems and stories through the voices of the children.

This Project was part of Our Roots. The Galileo Educational Network Association worked in collaboration with universities and K-12 educators and their students to create this nationwide project – Our Roots; Canada’s Local Histories Online. This project involves students creating historical online resources designed for others. Using inquiry-based learning, educators use Our Roots digital resources effectively and imaginatively to create engaging and authentic tasks for students.