Unit Study: The Lone Star State

Jodie Wolfe

“Is today the day, Dad?” Ten-year-old Bethany hopped from one foot to another, her blonde braids bouncing with each step.

“Not yet, sweetheart. Remember we have a few weeks to go before it starts.” Bethany’s father smiled at her.

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“I can’t wait. Will the Ferris wheel be ready in time?”

“That’s what the newspaper says.”

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“How big is it?” Bethany interrupted.

The Dallas News said it will be the tallest Ferris wheel in all of North America.”

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“It’s recorded to be 212.5 feet tall, like a twenty-story building. They have 44 gondolas, which will hold 264 riders.” He glanced at the paper.

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“What’s a gondul?”

Her dad laughed. “Not gondul, honey, gondola. It’s like a big bucket.”

“Big, ’cause everything’s big in Texas, right, Dad?”

A chuckle escaped. “So they say. It’s reported that you’ll be able to see all the way to downtown Fort Worth.”

“But that’s forty miles away, isn’t it, Dad?”

“Good job, Bethany. I’m surprised you remember that.”

“I remember you telling me when it seemed to take forever to travel the forty miles to the airport to pick up Grammie and Grandpa. It’s about the same time it takes to watch my favorite movie, but it seemed a whole lot longer. So if I wave when I’m at the top, will people in Fort Worth be able to see me?”

“No, we can’t see small things from that far a distance.”

“Where did the Ferris wheel come from?”

“All the way from Italy,” Dad said. “It must have taken quite a while to ship all the pieces over so they could assemble it here.”

“I remember Mom teaching me about Italy last year. It’s all the way in Europe.”

“That’s right, honey.”

“I can’t wait to go.” Bethany gave her father a quick hug before going off to play.

Big Tex—the largest state fair in the nation—opened on September 28 in the Dallas area. Even if you don’t live in Texas, you can go on your own adventure as you learn about the Lone Star State and its fascinating history. Grab your hat, hang onto this magazine, and let’s get started.


Armadillo, bluebonnets, friendship, jalapeno, migration, Mexican free-tailed bat, monarch butterfly, pecans, prickly pear cactus, ranching.

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This article was originally published in the Sep/Oct 2012 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Learn more at www.HomeSchoolEnrichment.com

Jodie Wolfe is married to her best friend, David. Her passions are writing, reading, knitting, and leading a Bible study for women. Jodie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. After sixteen years of homeschooling her two sons, she is now moving on to a new era of writing Christian historical romances. Check out her musings at Digging for Pears and Encouraging Words for Christian Writers.

Publication date: November 9, 2012

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