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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).
 

March
Wednesday, March 3 - Birds of a Feather
Wednesday, March 10 - Investigating Life Cycles
Wednesday, March 17 - Where Is Our Water?
Wednesday, March 24 - Stewarding Soil
Wednesday, March 31 - Skins & Skulls

 

April
Wednesday, April 7 - Birds of a Feather
Wednesday, April 14 - Investigating Life Cycles
Wednesday, April 21 - Where Is Our Water?
Wednesday, April 28 - Stewarding Soil

 

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 and use field guides to identify their ‘mystery skulls’, all while learning about their animal’s habitat, food sources, and adaptations for survival. 
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 units, from the water cycle and water usage, to pollution and infiltration into our aquifers.  During the presentation, activities and investigations will allow students to understand the impact that our use of water has  on Texas aquifers, lakes, rivers, the land, humans, and wildlife.  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 the adaptations, characteristics, and basic needs of birds.  Students will be engaged in hands-on investigations to discover traits that make a bird a bird, focusing on birds native to Texas, from the wild turkey to birds of prey.  Activities include studying functions of bird anatomy, exploring real bird biofacts, and listening to the calls of native wild birds.
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 compare life cycle models and record their observations. Students will learn the characteristics that allow a plant or animal to grow into a mature adult. How each stage affects other plant and animal populations. Students will explore the varied life cycles and interdependence of other members of the animal and plant kingdoms.  
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. 
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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