Curriculum: Agriculture: Energy
& Environmental Technology [§
Texas Legacy site hosts a variety of educational curricula, lesson
plans, keys and ideas, and supporting media, including video,
databases, transcripts and other material. Below you can find
the TEKS Agriculture standards for Energy and Environmental Technology,
particularly Natural Resources, as
described in section
119.22(c)(2), with relevant
activities drawn from this archive.
determines the importance and scope of natural resources, energy,
Excerpts of TEKS Text
(A) identify various types of natural resources;
TexasLegacy.org narrators discuss many aspects about the types,
function, and distribution of various natural
identify and describe the state's many natural resources, please
website and/or the
log using natural resources (water, energy, land,
lignite, etc.) as search terms, which will lead you to extensive
discussions and examples of what these natural resources are,
how they are used, and what limits there are to their use.
(B) define the impact of natural resources on the agricultural
conservationists, the TexasLegacy.org participants have a strong
interest and talent for seeing and gauging the impact of natural
resources on agriculture.
Natural resources affect the agricultural economy in a number of
ways. Below are four major examples: soil, water,
wild plants and animals, and energy.
Clearly, soil is a major factor, and rancher
Walt Davis, farmer
Dennis Holbrook, and agricultural supplier
Malcolm Beck discuss ways to build up fertility,
tilth, and microbial life. On the reverse side,
Andy Wilkinson recalls the Dust Storm of the 1950s,
which caused the loss of so many millions of tons of soil.
Water is another natural resource with great and
immediate impact on agriculture.
Andy Wilkinson and
John Carpenter talk about the critical value of water in
the Panhandle and Trans Pecos, respectively.
Increasingly, the native vegetation and wildlife is a valuable
and important natural resource for agriculture.
Benito Trevino and
Scooter Cheatham discuss the uses of wild plants.
Al Brothers and
David Langford talk about the value of wild animals in
an agricultural context.
Energy from the sun is the key driver for photosynthesis
and thus the foundations for agriculture. Rancher and
Peggy Sechrist explains this fundamental idea, and the
use of "solar dollars" as a way to track and invest in this
(C) define the geographic and demographic distribution of
Narrators in the TexasLegacy.org archive hail from more than 60
communities, representing all geographic regions of Texas.
They can speak well to the varying distribution of natural
resources across the state, both in terms of demographics and
Please visit the
page of the site, which will lead you to links for audio, text,
videos, and photographs about the landscapes of the Texas
Coastal Plain, Crosstimbers, Hill Country, Panhandle, Piney
Woods, Rio Grande Valley, and Trans Pecos areas.
Video excerpts about particular regions are also available.
For example, insights about Big Bend are available from
Hal Flanders, and
Chester Rowell. Big Thicket videos that give the
Maxine Johnston, and
Geraldine Watson, as well as a
trio can also be seen.
Ike McWhorter and
George Russell teach about the east Texas
Piney Woods. Lessons about the Texas prairies,
which stretched from the Crosstimbers to the Trans
Pecos to the Panhandle, can be heard from
Bob and Mickey Burleson,
Jim Eidson, and
Interested in learning about natural resource questions from the
local, town-by-town perspective? Please see how a
local narrator can give his or her perspective.
The population of Texas is growing rapidly, and shifting
David Schmidly explains how this population growth has
implications for open space and habitat resources in the
Stuart Henry shows how the demographic shift west, away
from the wet areas of the state, will have serious consequences
for water resources in Texas.