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Kids love word searches. They help students pay attention to letters and letter sequence and to help practice their decoding skills.You can either print on paper for students to use (great for morning work or centers), or place in a pocket protector sheet/laminate and have students use a dry erase marker to circle the words (great for a literacy workstation).I hope you enjoy this cowboy themed freebie!You may also be interested in my Wild West Literacy and Math Centers unit for k-1 :)

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Ghost Towns & Abandoned Mines in Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas

The Ghost Town of Rush, Arkansas. In the 1890s this town was home to thousands of people and a booming zinc mining operation. The town died in the 1950s and is now a true American ghost town. In fact, it is the only ghost town listed on the National Register of Historic Places!

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Ghost Towns & Abandoned Mines in Alaska, Arizona and Arkansas

Sasco rose to prominence towards the end of the Old West, and is perhaps not how many would imagine a “Wild West” ghost town to be. But this town, which once housed 600 people and is an acronym for Southern Arizona Smelter Company, boasts some interesting remains. Most extensive are the old Rockland Hotel (above), smelter foundations and the old cemetery.

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Yellowstone Kelly (circa 1870's) led an adventurous life to say the least. He was a scout, frontiersman, explorer, and Indian fighter. In the summer of 1899 he helped lead a high profile expedition to Alaska. -Courtesy Robert G. McCubbin, via True West Magazine

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Who wouldn't want to cruise the Inside Passage, Alaska. Mist-shrouded fjords, tide lapping glaciers , ancient forests, mysterious islands and wildlife.

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Old Picture of the Day: Prospector and his Pack Dog. This is an intriguing photograph of a Prospector and dog ready for the summer trail. It was taken in 1900 in Alaska.

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Wyatt Earp in Nome, Alaska with long-time friend and former Tombstone mayor and editor John Clum

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