Activities and Lesson Plans
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, June 2010
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Suggested Topics: food webs, systems
Related 4th Grade TEKS
English Language Arts
4.11 D: Reading: Comprehension, Expository Text
4.13 A: Reading Comprehension, Procedural Text
4.18 A: Writing: Expository, Procedural Texts
4.24 A (i,ii,iii),C: Research: Gathering Sources
4.27 A, B: Listening and Speaking: Listening
4.28: Listening and Speaking: Speaking
4.29: Listening and Speaking: Teamwork
4.7 B: Geography: Ecoregions of Texas
4.13 B: Probability and Statistics: Solves Problems by Collecting, Organizing, Displaying, and Interpreting Sets of Data.
4.14 A: Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools: Applies Math to Solve Problems Connected to Everyday Experiences and Activities In and Outside of School
4.15 A,B: Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools: Communicates About Mathematics Using Informal Language
4.16 B: Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools: Use Logical Reasoning.
4.1 A: Classroom and outdoor investigations practices
4.3 C: Critical thinking and scientific problem solving
4.5 A: Parts Removed from Complex Systems
4.8 A: Adaptations increase survival of members of a species.
4.10 A: Organisms and environments – survival
- Give an example of a native plant. What does it mean to be a "native" plant?
- In the magazine, it says that "native plant life is vital to our way of life." What does "vital" mean? In what way are native plants vital? Do you agree with the author?
- What role do plants play in a habitat? How does that affect people? Animals? Insects? Other plants?
- Some plants are adapted for survival. Give an example of a plant adaptation.
- What did your neighborhood look like 100 years ago? Two hundred years ago? Can you imagine or find out what it might have looked like several hundred years ago? How do you think people affected the plant life where you live?
- How can people help plants and wildlife?
- Plant a butterfly garden or Texas wildscape using native plants.
- Research native plants for your region.
- Re-read Alien Invaders. Watch the public service announcement, Hello Giant Salvinia, Goodbye Texas Discuss why it's important to protect native plant systems. Create an awareness campaign in your community.
- Make a plant press; download How to make a plant press pdf
- Make a Bluebonnet out of popcorn
- Ode to a Bluebonnet poem activity
- Guess the wildflower
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center teacher resources
Interesting Links for Further Research
- When Plants Attack Just because it's green, doesn't mean it's good. Like a science fiction menace, some common landscape plants are taking over.
- Invasive Plants Non-native plants are invading Caddo Lake in east Texas, threatening the health of native plants and wildlife. Texas Parks and Wildlife takes a look at what biologists and the local community are doing to fight giant salvinia and water hyacinth.
- Hello Giant Salvinia, Goodbye Texas Giant salvinia is an invasive plant that suffocates fish, chokes lakes and can double in size every 7 days. The giant salvinia monster stars in this public service announcement about how to stop it from spreading. Learn more at http://www.texasinvasives.org/.
On the TPWD web site:
- Texas Junior Naturalists - Plants
- Young Naturalist - Plants
From the TPW Magazine Archives:
- Growing Fish Food | June 2006 | TPW magazine
... Growing Fish Food.
Establishing native plants in reservoirs feeds fish and
out invasive species. ... The native plants have another benefit as well. ...
- Rio Reforestation | May 2009 | TPW magazine
... May 2009 Scout. Rio
Reforestation. Volunteers use hardy native plants to
replenish the Rio Grande Valley. By Eileen Mattei. "Bring ...
- Texas Under Attack | | TPW magazine | April 2010
... From the Rio Grande to the
Canadian, the Sabine to the Pecos, non-native plants
brought into the state by accident, good intentions or sheer ignorance have ...
- [PDF] "Keep Texas Wild: Living Off the Land - Issue 3, November
... Native plants,
like sotol and prickly pear, hide delicious food under spikes and thorns. Hunters
brought home rabbits, wild turkey, deer and fish. ...