A brainstorming activity to talk about what the class already knows about Texas Ranches. I would use this at the beginning of the unit to assess the students' prior knowledge and get them ready to learn more about the cowboy way of life.
They do mini lesson on a reading skill/behaviour/strategy that will help students be better readers. Then students do the fab4 (read to self, read to buddy, listen to reading, write about your reading). Followed by share circle where the first students who share their reading thoughts are those who applied the day's mini lesson. They also say they do a mini share between each of the fab4 times.