Library Lesson -- Tall Tales -- Pecos Bill


Pecos Bill is a Texas tall tale about a cowboy who was raised by coyotes and rides on tornadoes. This 2-part library lesson includes a 33-slide presentation, recommended reads list, and scavenger hunt activity. All text is editable in PPT and Google Slides.

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  • Recommended for: Grades 2-4; created for school libraries, but it works for classrooms, too!
  • Lesson Duration: 1-2 library lessons, total of about 50 minutes
  • Formats: PPT or Google Slides, PDF
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable


  • 33-slide PPT and Google Slides presentation (editable)
  • List of recommended Pecos Bill books and read-alikes (1 page PDF, editable)
  • Scavenger Hunt + Answer Key (2 pages PDF)
  • Prep, set up, detailed lesson plan (7 pages, PDF)
  • CC, TEKS, and AASL Standards addressed (1 page, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)


  • 19 slides tell the story of Pecos Bill, from birth to death.
  • Includes pronunciation of Pecos Bill, was Bill real, feral childhood, amazing feats, and death by laughter.
  • Also includes Slue-Foot Sue (Bill’s girlfriend/wife).
  • You can follow the presentation with a read-aloud, but it is not necessary. Students will learn all they need to know about Pecos from this lesson.


  • 12 slides can be moved into the Part I Whole Class Lesson or scrolled during checkout or library activities
  • includes facts and trivia questions about Texas, tornadoes, cowboy hats, spurs, and feral children in real life
  • vocabulary word: feral (Pecos Bill was a feral child.)
  • Includes mix of colorful clipart and real photos. Every slide meant for students to see includes either a photo or an illustration.


  • Scavenger Hunt coloring page with Pecos Bill trivia questions (all information available in the presentation)
  • Answer Key for the Scavenger Hunt trivia questions
  • Recommended Reads for Pecos Bill stories and read-alikes (editable)


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