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Wildlife by Design Across Texas

Wildlife by Design Across Texas pairs our classroom presentations with distance learning, allowing us to share our educational presentations with you anywhere across Texas!

Join our TWA Educators as we broadcast live across Texas - we are taking our classroom presentations virtual!  You and your students or children can join us as we educate and enlighten them with Texas topics - soil, water, life cycles, skins and skulls, and birds.  All presentations are interactive (with technology security features in place), designed for students grades K-8, are Science TEKS-aligned, offered at no cost, and focus on the importance of natural resources, conservation, and stewardship.  Check out our presentation schedule and register your students today!

Program Information:

  • Available at no cost for all viewers!
  • Presented using Zoom - watch on your computer or device
  • 45 minutes in length, scheduled once a week on Wednesdays
  • Designed for students in grades K-8, and Science TEKS-aligned.
  • Five (5) presentation topics (details below) – Skins & Skulls, Birds of a Feather, Where Is Our Water?,  Investigating Life Cycles, and Stewarding Soil

Registration and Participation Specifics:

  • Registration:
    • Request your presentation time in advance - click the link on the schedule to request presentation time(s) for specifically that date and topic
    • Teachers - Once your request is approved, you'll be sent a Zoom link - you can forward/share that link to your at-home learners
    • Participation is limited to 100 participants/presentation
  • Participation:
    • All presentations include poll questions for student/presenter interaction
      • As presentations are open to anyone, we have disabled audio, video, and chat features to ensure the presentation is not interrupted with external content
    • ​There are optional bilingual questions and a worksheet that align with each presentation.  Students could complete either during or after, if desired.

Presentation Schedule:

Click the linked date/topic below to request your presentation(s).

 

May
Wednesday, May 5 - Skins & Skulls
Wednesday, May 12 - Birds of a Feather
Wednesday, May 19 - Investigating Life Cycles
Wednesday, May 26 - Where Is Our Water?

 

Presentation Descriptions:

 

Skins & Skulls is a prepared discussion of the identification and specialized adaptations of native Texas wildlife using animal skulls and skins.  Students will investigate the skulls of these animals to identify their ‘mystery mammal,’ all while learning about their animal’s habitat, food sources, and adaptations for survival.  The concept and importance of land stewardship, including its wildlife, is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.
K.9B | 1.10A | 2.9A  2.10A |  3.9A  3.10A |  4.7C  4.10A |  5. 9A  5.10A |  6.12E  6.12F |  7.10A  7.10B  7.11B  7.12A |  8.11A  8.11B

 

Where Is Our Water? is an interactive program that covers a variety of water topics, from the water cycle to sources and usage of water to pollution and infiltration of groundwater into our aquifers.  Hands-on activities and demonstrations will allow students to investigate and understand the human impact on water and how it affects our land and wildlife.  The concept and importance of land and water stewardship is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.  The main message is conservation!
K.7C | 1.7C | 2.7C 2.8C | 3.5B 3.7C 3.7D 3.8B | 4.5A 4.5B 4.7A 4.7C 4.8B | 5.5A | 5.7B 5.8B | 6.5A 6.5B | 7.8B 7.8C | 8.5D

 

Birds of a Feather is an overview of bird adaptations.  By investigating skulls and feet of different species of bird, students will discover what makes a bird a bird and how different birds use their adaptations to survive in their environments.  Activities may include exploring bird anatomy, identifying a bird based on its skull and foot, experimenting with different bird beaks and how a bird might use a specific beak to get its food, measuring wingspan, and listening to bird vocalizations.  The concept and importance of land stewardship, including native Texas birds, is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.
K.9B K.10B |  1.10A 1.10C |  2.9A  2.10A |  3.9A  3.10A 3.10B  3.10C |  4.7C  4.10A  4.10B  4.10C |  5.9A  5.10A 5.10B | 6.12E  6.12F |  7.10A  7.11B  7.12A  7.13A  7.14A |  8.11A 8.11B

 

Investigating Life Cycles is an inquiry-based program that allows students to investigate and understand each stage of various life cycles using biofacts, kinesthetic activities, and trivia games, for a better understanding of the cycle as a whole.  Students will learn the characteristics that allow a plant or animal to grow into a mature adult and how each stage affects its habitat and other plant and animal populations.
K.9B  K.10C  K.10D | 1.10A  1.10B  1.10C  1.10D |  2.9A  2.10A 2.10B 2.10C |  3.9A  3.10A 3.10B 3.10C | 4. 10A  4.10B  4.10C |  5.9A  5.10A 5.10B 5.10C |  6.12C  6.12E | 7.10A  7.10B  7.12A |  8.11A 8.11B

 

Stewarding Soil is a series of hands-on activities that allows students to dig in and investigate!  Students will learn how soil is formed; the characteristics of sand, silt, and clay; how soil health affects living and nonliving things; and what products come from soil.  Throughout the program, students will gain a better understanding of why soil is so important to wildlife and people and how they can be stewards of this natural resource.  The concept and importance of land stewardship, including soils, is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.
K.5A K.7C K.9A K.9B | 1.5A 1.7A 1.7C 1.9A | 2.5A 2.7C 2.9A | 3.5B 3.7A 3.7C 3.9A |  4.7A 4.7C | 5 .9A |  6.12E | 7.10A |  8.11B                                                      

        

 

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