Stephen F. Austin's Texas
Teacher Guide

Group Learning Activities
These activities are appropriate for students of all ages. Suggestions are listed to adapt the activities to the student's different learning levels.

Animal Learning Center
OBJECTIVE: To encourage students to study independantly.

Environmental News
OBJECTIVE: Heightens student awareness about environmental conservation efforts in the U.S.

Texas Animal Mural
OBJECTIVE: Students conduct library research, study, and create different ecosystems.

Animals & Texas History
OBJECTIVE: Introduces students to animals in Texas history. Activities introduce animals and terms that relate to history and wildlife status.

Animals and Texas History: Time Line Activity
OBJECTIVE: The time line allows students to see what changes have taken place concerning native Texas wildlife, and relating them to other important historical events.

Crossword Puzzle
OBJECTIVE: Reinforces terms mentioned in the Animals and Texas History introduction.

Vulnerable, Threatened, Endangered, and Extinct Animals of Texas Activity
OBJECTIVE: Reinforces information in introduction.

PART I: Have students list animals of Texas individually or do this activity as a class. Have students compare their list with the list of endangered, extirpated, and extinct animals.

PART II & PART III: Reinforces animal status terms.

Native American Indians & Animals
OBJECTIVE: Teaches students about the Native American's respect of and relationship with animals and nature.

A Native American "Thanksgiving" Custom
OBJECTIVE: Students learn the origin of the practice of feeding wild birds. Students make their own natural bird feeders.

OBJECTIVE: Students learn about the orgins of an important Pioneer staple.

 Time Machine
OBJECTIVE: Stimulates students to think of ways to care for the planet Earth. Students are asked to compare their lives and posessions today with their ancestors of 100 years ago.

Wild Things
OBJECTIVE: Students to identify life size "paw" prints of 6 different Lone Star species and match them up with their animal owners.

Making Tracks
OBJECTIVE: Students hone their observation skills to locate animal tracks. Instructions on how to prepare a plaster cast of an animal track.

Orphaned Wildlife
OBJECTIVE: Gives students information they need to know before they attempt to "rescue" any native wildlife. Guidelines for evaluating the situation and who to call.

Mountain Lion Survey
OBJECTIVE: Informs students about one of the many studies currently being conducted to evalute the status of various species of wildlife in Texas. Students plot on a map where mountain lion sightings have been reported in recent years.

Glossary and Animal Fact Sheets
OBJECTIVE: To familiarize the students with some of the terms that will be used during the live animal presentation. Utilizing these sheets will help the students retain information by reinforcing the information use in different ways. It may be helpful to discuss the words listed in the glossary prior to going over the animal fact sheets. This way the students may be able to define the words used in the fact sheets. Younger students can color the fact sheets and take them home to share them with their parents.

Predator vs. Prey Activity
OBJECTIVE: Introduces students to different animal adaptations. Hand out the work sheets. Using the information provided, suggest to the students different parts of the body that are specially adapted for the animal's survival. Ask the students how that animal might use that adaptation.

Food Chain Activity
OBJECTIVE: Introduce students to food chains - a sequence of events in nature (list as an example on board: owl eats a lizard that eats an insect that eats plants) where one living thing depends on consuming another in order to survive. Read about the food chain together. Have students provide the correct sequence of events using the graphics provided. Students may simply label the correct order 1-6 or cut and paste in sequence. Have older students create their own food chain using the information they have learned.

Wild Animals Don't Make Good Pets
OBJECTIVE: Introduces students to the fundamental differences between domestic and wild animals.

 Domestic vs. Wild Animals Activity
OBJECTIVE: Challenges students knowledge about which animals are considered domestic and which animals are considered wild.

What Makes a Good Pet? Activity
OBJECTIVE: Reinforces idea that wild animals should not be kept as pets.

Post Show Quiz
OBJECTIVE: Challenges students retention of information provided in the resource packet and of basic concepts addressed in the assembly program.

Voting Collection
OBJECTIVE: This is one election students are allowed to vote in. Encourages students to participate in the democratic process.

Make the Texas Ocelot Our State Mammal!
OBJECTIVE: Encourages students to participate in the democratic process.

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