Texas Aquatic Science Curriculum

Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide

Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students.

The curriculum consists of an online student textbook, a teacher guide, specially produced videos, and supplementary materials.

Teacher Guide

Teacher Guide (5.36 MB PDF)

Answer Key Request Form

Due to the size of this file, some users have reported difficulty downloading it. To address this problem, we are offering it broken out by Table of Contents and individual chapters.

Additional Materials

Student Guide and Video Portal
TAS Website
TAS Web Portal

Student Textbooks available from Texas A&M University Press
and Kindle version available from Amazon.com.


  • Written for middle school and high school students.
  • Designed to help teachers make students aware of the importance of water to life, aquatic ecosystems, and what we must do to conserve water and aquatic life.
  • Hands-on classroom and field activities
  • Short (around 2 minutes each) videos
  • Students learn and demonstrate their new knowledge in creative products and performances.
  • Science investigations, games, models, Internet projects,
  • Field based assessments of water quality and environmental conditions in a variety of field trips
  • Lessons embed higher order thinking skills, provide depth and complexity of learning, and engage students in many contexts and methods.

TEKS aligned

All activities are aligned with the state curriculum standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for sixth through eighth grade and for Aquatic Science and Environmental Science courses for high school.


Texas Aquatic Science is a cooperative education project sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife, The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. Texas Aquatic Science was modeled after the Missouri Department of Conservation‘s (MDC) curriculum, Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems. Support was provided by the Ewing Halsell Foundation, San Antonio and the Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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