Rodeo Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about common events in the rodeo. They will consider how these events reflect the needs of ranch life and will compete in a series of modified rodeo games.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify five common rodeo events and perform modified versions of them
  • Explain the connection between rodeo events and ranch life/work


  • Half-day

Curriculum Standards


Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


  • Yard sticks or similar objects that can be used as stick horses
  • Cardboard or paper cutouts shaped like large belt buckles
  • Stopwatches
  • Printed copies of instructions for rodeo events
  • Hula-hoops with two meters of yarn or string attached
  • Chairs (which you may decorate to look like cows)

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