Texas Aquatic Science Curriculum

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Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensiveTexas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide 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.

 

 

*** New streamlined TEKS in Texas Aquatic Science curriculum.                       TEKS aligned for 6th-8th grade and for high school Aquatic Science and Environmental Systems.

 

Teacher Guide

To ensure the protection of answers throughout the Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide and its sub-parts, they are password protected. Click the Access Request Form (hyperlinked to the current form) to verify your email and receive the password.

Teacher Guide and Answer Key Access (password protected)

Access Request Form

Additional Materials

Workshops

Texas Aquatic Science workshop goals:

  • introduce educators to the materials and philosophy of TAS
  • provide a sampling of field activities
  • make a connection to local water and wildlife issues that will help people become aware of their place in the environment and their actions to protect it
  • demonstrate field interpretive techniques used in TAS field activities and TAS trunk equipment inventory

Wednesday, April 17 @ Bonham State Park

Thursday, April 25 @ Meridian State Park

Thursday, May 9 @ Sheldon Lake State Park

Thursday, May 16 @ Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Time for all workshops: 10:00am - 3:00pm CST

Cost: FREE

What to bring:

  • Lunch and snacks; reusable water bottle
  • Footwear to possibly get wet (Optional: Water shoes and/or knee-high rainboots)
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, and/or hat
  • Change of clothes and towel (just in case); dress for weather
  • Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide (Optional)

To register (5 spots available to non-State Park staff): Email Danielle Knapp-Smith at Danielle.Knapp-Smith@tpwd.texas.gov or (512) 389-8497.

To receive the password to access the TAS documents, enter your information on the Access Request Form (TMN put your Chapter for Educational Facility).

If you have questions about a workshop contact Melissa Alderson at Melissa.Alderson@tpwd.texas.gov or (512) 389-8060.

Student Materials

Student Portal

TAS Website
TAS Web Portal

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

Features:

  • 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.

TEKS in Texas Aquatic Science

 

Texas Aquatic Science Brochure


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.