Education

State Fair of Texas Curriculum

With education at the core of its foundation, the State Fair of Texas aims to provide quality educational opportunities for students within the community, both locally and statewide. In support of its student ticketing program, the Fair is expanding its educational initiatives to the classroom with a new innovative TEKS-aligned curriculum, created in partnership with Big Thought. The online curriculum combines the unique culture of the Fair with Texas history and agriculture, incorporating it into a TEKS-aligned program that focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects for grades 4 through 12.

State Fair Curriculum

Downloadable Resources

  • 4th to 8th Grade
  • 9th to 12th Grade
  • Resources
  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade
  • 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade

4th to 8th Grade Resources

The State Fair invites you to integrate TEKS-aligned lesson about the Fair into your classroom. Lessons are organized by topic and link to lessons for each grade.

STEM Lessons

Livestock and Agriculture

I am Your Fodder! Farming & Fodder

Go with the Flow: Producers and Consumers at the Fair

Big Tex

Energetic Tex: Art on the Move

The Midway & Games

Forcing a Win: The Midway Game Plan

Fair Food

Fried Stuff: The Science Behind the Batter

Social Studies

Livestock & Agriculture

An Amazing Race! From Local Farms to Texas Tables

Big Tex

ICONsider Big Tex a Big Deal: A Cultural Icon with Texas-Sized Character

The Midway & Games

Deep in the Heart of Texas: The Texas Star Illuminated

Fair Food

Sweet Treats Galore! The Free Enterprise System at Work

Stem Lessons

Livestock and Agriculture

Farmville: Building a Home on the Range, and an Urban Sprawl

Big Tex

How it’s Made: Big Tex Edition

The Midway & Games

Speeding Around: Determining the Speed and Energy of the Dentzel Carousel

Fair Food

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Budgeting a Good, Clean Time

Social Studies

Livestock & Agriculture

Grass Fed! Grain Fed! The Controversy Over Cows

Big Tex

Celebrating Symbols: Big Tex & Lady Liberty Unite

The Midway & Games

Carnival Challenge! Youth Action Research & the Problem Solving Process

Fair Food

Fried Food Frenzy: Should Consumers Eat Healthier @ the Fair?

STEM Lessons

Livestock and Agriculture

Classify This! The Animal Kingdom

Big Tex

Earth – Art = Eh: How Art, the Observer, and Landscape Work Together

The Midway & Games

Step by Step: Potential & Kinetic Energy Move the Crowds

Fair Food

Delicious: Nutritious – Balancing Fun and Food with Ratios

Social Studies

Livestock & Agriculture

Holy Cows! Defining Cultures

Big Tex

GPS: The Modern Latitude & Longitude… and How Migration Builds Character

The Midway & Games

Saving Ferris: George… George… George Ferris…?

Fair Food

Mind Your Manners: Food Etiquette & Culture @ the Fair

STEM Lessons

Livestock and Agriculture

Spending Their Inheritance: How Inherited Traits Can Earn Agriculturalists Big Bucks!

Big Tex

Big Tex: The Big Workout… and Caricaturizing and Icon

The Midway & Games

Riding out the Storms: Designing the Ultimate Weatherproof Ride

Fair Food

Sugar rush! How Your Body Will Process that Fried Twinkie

Social Studies

Livestock & Agriculture

Shipwrecked! Discovering Cultural Influence in a Feverish Quest for Food

Big Tex

Big Tex 2.0: A Re-imagining

The Midway & Games

Divide & Conquer! Una Busqueda del Tesoro, en el Estilo de los Conquistadores (A Treasure Hunt, Conquistador-Style)

Fair Food

Fair Fare: The Contributions of Culinary Artists

STEM Lessons

Livestock and Agriculture

Art Saves Lives: Environmental Awareness on a Trophic Level

Big Tex

Survey Says… Using Data to Make Texas-Sized Decisions

The Midway & Games

A Ride Through Newton’s Laws: Roller Coaster Movement on the Midway

Social Studies

Livestock & Agriculture

What’s it Gonna Cost Me… Tomorrow?! The Real Facts Behind What We Eat

Big Tex

Friends of Big Tex: Pen Pals

The Midway & Games

Games, Rides, and Fun! The Next Big Thing

Fair Food

Iconic Edibles: Lights… Camera… Action!

  • Resources
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Sciences

9th to 12th Grade Resources

The State Fair invites you to integrate TEKS-aligned lesson about the Fair into your classroom. Lessons are organized by subject and link to four different lessons for each subject.

Algebra 1

Gamers

Carnival Mission: Exploring the Cost of Carnival Games

Foodies

Feast Your Eyes… Sample and Scrutinize

Live at the Fair

2 Show or Not 2 Show? Show Animal Investigation

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

The Places You Will Go: Auto Exploration

Algebra 2

Gamers

Shootout: Quadratic in the Real World

Foodies

Hungry, Hungry, Hungry Teenagers! Systems of Inequalities

Live at the Fair

Going Once, Going Twice…Sold! – Solving a System of Linear/Quadratic Functions

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

#iheartshoping: Vendor Data on Graphics

Geometry

Gamers

Lights, Camera, Action! A Geometry Scavenger Hunt and Scrapbook

Foodies

Tower Transformation: You Get a New Food Court! And You Get a New Food Court!

Live at the Fair

Contain the Creatures! A Geometric Analysis of the Livestock Barns

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

If I Go to the Fair, Then I will Have Fun: A Real World Look at “If, Then” Statements

Pre-Cal/AQR

Gamers

Using Probability to Win Prizes

Foodies

Hotdogs, Get Your Hotdogs! Becoming a Food Vendor at the Fair

Live at the Fair

Serving Your Community: Creating a Function Rule Using Donations Data

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

Hot Wheels: Making Your Dream Car a Reality

Environmental Sciences

Gamers

Under the Weather: Keeping the Midway Cool

Foodies

Sustainably Fed: Fair Food Chains and Resources

Live at the Fair

A “Frond”ness for Plants: Discovering the Errol McKoy Greenhouse

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

Going Green: Marketing Items to Sell at the Fair

Biology

Gamers

A Winner’s Evolution: (Evolution FTW)

Foodies

Tastytrophic: Fair Foods on a Totally Trophic Level

Live at the Fair

Waste Not, Want Not: Animal Waste at the Fair

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

“Tex”onomy – Classifying the Fair

Physics

Gamers

The Potential to Win: Potential and Kinetic Energy

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

Premium Engine-eering: Navigating the Cars of the State Fair

Chemistry

Foodies

Fryday: Chemical Changes in the Fair Food

Live at the Fair

Na, K? Keeping Fair Animals in Balance

Sociology

Gamers

Why Did I Choose This Ride? Sociology on the Midway

Psychology

Gamers

The House Always Wins…? Attribution Theory and Games

Live at the Fair

An Animalistic Relationship – The Psychology Behind Human-Animal Interactions

U.S. Government

Gamers

New Deal = New Midway: This Fair is History

Live at the Fair

Of Dust and Men: Finding U.S. History in Agriculture

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

Patently Fair: How Patents Foster Competition at the Auto Show

Economics

Foodies

Fair Decision: The Economics of Roast Corn, Turkey Legs, and Fried Ice Cream

Live at the Fair

Riding the Crazy Mouse: What’s Opportunity Cost Got to Do with It?

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

Tickets, Turkey Legs, and Taxes: The Velocity of Money at the Fair

World History/Geography

Foodies

Fresh, Fried, or Citified? How Physical and Cultural Geography Inform Food @ the Fair

Foodies

Continential (Crossover) Cuisine: From Columbus to the Corny Dog

Live at the Fair

Alphabetic Passport: The State Fair Guide to Geography’s “Big 5”

Cars, Crafts, and Commerce

Wheeeeeeel! The History of the Wheel