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Curriculum: Agriculture: Energy & Environmental Technology [ 119.22(c)(2)]

The 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.

Goal:  The student determines the importance and scope of natural resources, energy, and environment:


Excerpts of TEKS Text

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Suggested Activities


(A)  identify various types of natural resources;




TexasLegacy.org narrators discuss many aspects about the types, function, and distribution of various natural resources.


To identify and describe the state's many natural resources, please search the entire website and/or the interview 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 economy; and


As 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 educator Peggy Sechrist explains this fundamental idea, and the use of "solar dollars" as a way to track and invest in this natural resource.



(C)  define the geographic and demographic distribution of natural resources.


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 geography.


Please visit the regions 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 Bob Burleson, Hal Flanders, and Chester Rowell.  Big Thicket videos that give the perspectives of Richard Harrel, Maxine Johnston, and Geraldine Watson, as well as a trio can also be seen.  Jim Neal, 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 Bill Neiman

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 westward.  David Schmidly explains how this population growth has implications for open space and habitat resources in the state.  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. 



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