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Living Off the Land
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, November 2008

Living Off the Land opens the door to many studies. To start off, you may print Living Off the Land children's pages from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine. We hope you'll consider a subscription to our magazine. Be sure to check out the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine special offer for Teachers. And please let us know what you think at:

Suggested Topics: similarities and differences, patterns of settlement, adapting to and environment, human impacts, art, math, introducing archeology, botany, oral history.

Related 4th Grade TEKS:

History. Similarities and differences of Native American groups in Texas 4.1 A, B; Geography. Use geographic tools 4.6 A, B; Geography. Understand regions 4.7 A; Geography. How people adapt to and modify their environment 4.9 A; Economics. Basic economic patterns of Native American groups in Texas 4.10 A; Government. How Native American Groups governed themselves 4.15 A; Science: Predict and draw conclusions about what happens when part of a system is removed 5 B; Art. Expresses ideas through original artworks 4.2 A, B; Math: Adds and subtracts to solve meaningful problems involving whole numbers and decimals 4.3 A, B; Estimate and use measurement tools 4.11 A.

Discussion Questions

Ideas from our Naturalists
Shane Mooneyham from McKinney Falls State Park brings two great activity ideas for us this month: Pot Drop and You Want Me To Eat What?

More about Bison

Native American Indians, Cultural Focus

Rock Art and Archeology

History and Legends

Have students create oral histories related to living off the land. Here are some resources on how to do oral histories.

Native Plants

Plants provide food, medicine and wonder. Have fun looking at the plant side of living off the land!

Project WILD

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