Size• Texas is 695,622 sq. km.• It is the 2nd largest state.• There are over 24 million people living in Texas.• It is the 2nd most populous state.
Climate• Average summer temperatures: – 26-29°C• Average winter temperatures: – 2-16 °C• Average annual precipitation- 71 cm• Extreme weather conditions: sandstorms, thunderstorms, tornados, and hurricanes.
Plants• Texas does not have many trees, but there are over 4,000 types of flowers.• Texas also has shrubs, grasses, and cacti.
Animals• Texas has over 100 kinds of snakes and over 500 kinds of birds.• Bison, bears, wolves, mountain lions, and pronghorns are native Texan animals.• Along the coast, there are alligators, fish, oysters, and shrimp.
Name Origin• The name “Texas” is based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends"
Motto• Our state motto is friendship.• Texas is known for it’s “southern hospitality.”
State Symbols• Flower – Bluebonnet• Tree – Pecan• Animals – Longhorn – Armadillo – Mockingbird – Monarch Butterfly• Dance – Square dance• Dish – Chili
Annexation• Texas was the 28th state to join the U.S.• Texas became a part of the U.S. on December 29, 1845.
Flag• The "lone star" is an older symbol which symbolized Texans independence from Mexico.• It is still seen today as a symbol of Texas independent spirit.• Blue- loyalty• Red- bravery• White- purity
State Song• “Texas, Our Texas”• It was written by William J. Marsh• Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!• Lyrics: – Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great! – Boldest and grandest, withstanding every test – O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.
Governor• The governor of Texas is Rick Perry.• He is the person in charge of the state.
Important People• Sam Houston was the first president of the Republic of Texas.• Stephen Austin helped settle Texas.• Lance Armstrong is one of the best bicyclists in the world.• Jennifer Garner is a famous actress.
Industry• Agricultures• Shipping industry• NASA• Tourism• Oil and natural gas
Sports• Football – Dallas Cowboys – Houston Texans• Basketball – Dallas Mavericks – San Antonio Spurs – Houston Rockets• Baseball – Texas Rangers – Houston Astros• Hockey – Dallas Stars
Entertainment• Six Flags• Sea World• State Parks• National Parks• Fairs, festivals, and special events