Keep Texas Wild Lesson Plans

The following links contain background information, activity ideas, vocabulary and student research companion pages to the TPW Magazine's Keep Texas Wild.

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TitleSummaryMagazine Issue
Cave Creatures Amazing animal communities inhabit Texas caves. August 2011
Beach Tidings  Texas' shores are home to plenty of living things, even though saltwater comes and goes. July 2011
Awesome Ants No matter what, these mighty insects work hard as a team. June 2011
Star Party The stars at night are big and bright in West Texas. May 2011
Conserving Critters Saving Texas' animals makes for a brighter future. April 2011
Vaqueros and Cowboys These legends made Texas famous. March 2011
What Killed Freddy the Fish? For fish, the water may hold many dangers. February 2011
Weather Watch! What happens here gets started in the troposphere. January 2011
Wondrous Wetlands  Diversity rules where water meets land. December 2010
Leave it to Leaves All living creatures depend on them. November 2010
Bloodsuckers They want to drink your blood! Learn about the mysteries of these creepy creatures! October 2010
The Wild Side of the Family What are the untamed cousins of our pet dogs and cats? Enjoy this article written by a fourth-grade guest author! September 2010
Desert Dwellers How do animals and plants live with little water? August 2010
Rivers Rock  Explore the physical and biological world of rivers. July 2010
Homegrown Greenery Learn how native plants are vital to the way we live! June 2010
Amazing Amphibians From regenerating tails to breathing through their skin to eyeballs helping them swallow and not to mention metamorphosis -- Amphibians are truly amazing! 
May 2010
Honor Roll: Texas Symbols
Have fun learning about the wildlife-related symbols of Texas. March 2010
Building the West: The Buffalo Soldiers Students learn about the origins and accomplishments of the first African American Army regiments in the late 1800s. February 2010
Alien Invaders! Find out what happens when non-native, invasive plants and animals get a foothold in Texas. January 2010
One State, Many Places Few states can claim deserts, prairies, tropical forests, swamps and coastal beaches! Have fun learning and appreciating the regions of Texas! December 2009
Bird Lips Open wide! Mouths make a big difference in what animals eat. Variety is what keeps an ecosystem healthy! November 2009
Mysterious Monarchs From migration to metamorphosis, take a closer look at this amazing insect! October 2009
Cool School  Dive into the wet world of fish and have fun learning how and why fish do what they do! September 2009
S-s-s-snakes Alive! Snakes are essential to our ecosystem. Learn how snakes manage without paws, claws or a voice. August 2009
Every Drop Counts  Water is essential for all life. Will we remember to save some water for wildlife? July 2009
Turtle Hurdles On the land and in the water, turtles are one of the most lasting and interesting creatures on Earth! June 2009
Come Fly With Me Birds travel across continents to find food, nesting spots and suitable weather. Learn what the difference is between migration and just flying around, how Texas fits in the migration map and some great tips on sharpening your observation skills. May 2009
What's the Buzzzzz? Bees are fascinating engineers and critical to our lives. They are also in some peril. Learn about how bees do their "bizznezz" that benefits us all. April 2009
Nature's Nursery Spring has sprung and it's time for a look at wildlife babies! Have fun with wildlife baby names and amazing facts, then dig a little deeper by sharpening observation and thinking skills. March 2009
Weird, Wild and Wacky Why do moths have long tongues? How fast can a woodpecker peck? Have fun discovering the weird, wild and wacky adaptations in the wild, and celebrate diversity! February 2009
Vanishing! If your students think endangered species are only in the rainforest or polar ice caps, this section will be an eye-opener. See some Texas rare species and find out why some of our plants and animals are vanishing. January 2009
Animal Homes Some animals find shelter, some build it and some carry it on their backs. Learn about the role of shelter and how wildlife finds this essential for survival. December 2008
Living Off the Land Early Native American Indians are our example of how man depends on plants and animals for survival. November 2008
Hanging Around With Bats Myths are dispelled and we learn about the amazing skills and physiology of bats. October 2008
Predator vs. Prey Adaptations of predators and some insight into the role and challenge of being a predator. Features barn owl and jumping spider. September 2008

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