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Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, January 2009

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Suggested Topics

Survival, systems, habitat, adapting to an environment, human impacts, persuasive writing and communication.

Related 4th Grade TEKS: Science Concepts: Past Events Affect Present and Future Events 4.10 B. Parts Removed from Complex Systems 4.5 A, B. Adaptations increase survival 4.8 A, B, C. Geography: Humans Adapt to and Modify their Environment 4.9 A, B, C. Math: Number, Operation and Quantitative Reasoning, 4.3. Language Arts: Speaks Clearly and Appropriately to Different Audiences, 4.5. Writes for Variety of Audiences and Purposes, 4.15. Inquires and Conducts Research Using a Variety of Sources, 4.13. Uses Writing as a Tool for Learning and Research, 4.21.


Discussion Questions

  • Can you name some endangered species?
  • Can you name some Texas endangered species?
  • After reading Keep Texas Wild, why do you think some animals are are having trouble surviving?
  • Do you think some plants also have trouble surviving? Why or why not?
  • How have humans contributed to this problem? How can humans help?
  • Read this article about a Lone Star Land Steward. The winner describes an experience as an 11 year old that affected how she looks at wildlife. Do you think experiences as a child can affect your opinions about wildlife? In what ways?


Endangered Species Activity Book
Rare Species Activity Packets (Attwater Prairie Chicken, Barton Springs Salamander, Black-capped Vireo, Endangered Cats, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Hill Country, Houston Toad, Short Grass Prairies, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Sea Turtles, Swift Fox, Masks)
Hopscotch Migration
Horned Lizard Watch

Project WILD

Suggested Activities
Project WILD Workshops

TEKS and TAKS correlations