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Birds Explanation of TEKS Credits

First, we’ll start with exploring the unique characteristics of our feathered friends: feathers, wings and eggs, then scientifically observe them through our binoculars. Mo-Ranch is a prime location for birding and is home to many rare and sought after birds including the Golden-Cheeked Warbler, Painted Bunting, Black-Capped Vireo, Yellow Throated Warbler and more!

Kindergarten

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.11 K.2.A Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.
112.11 K.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to sort plants and animals into groups based on physical characteristics such as color, size, body covering, or leaf shape.
112.11 K.10.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to identify basic parts of plants and animals.

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First Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.12 1.2.A Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.
112.12 1.2.B Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations.
112.12 1.2.C Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple tools.
112.12 1.9.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that the living environment is composed of relationships between organisms and the life cycles that occur. The student is expected to sort and classify living and nonliving things based upon whether they have basic needs and produce offspring.
112.12 1.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats.
112.12 1.10.C Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to compare ways that young animals resemble their parents.
112.12 1.10.D Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to observe and record life cycles of animals such as a chicken, frog, or fish.

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Second Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.13 2.9.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs that must be met for them to survive within their environment. The student is expected to identify the basic needs of plants and animals.
112.13 2.9.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs that must be met for them to survive within their environment. The student is expected to identify factors in the environment, including temperature and precipitation, that affect growth and behavior such as migration, hibernation, and dormancy of living things.
112.13 2.9.C Organisms and environments. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs that must be met for them to survive within their environment. The student is expected to compare the ways living organisms depend on each other and on their environments such as through food chains.
112.13 2.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to observe, record, and compare how the physical characteristics and behaviors of animals help them meet their basic needs.
112.13 2.10.C Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to investigate and record some of the unique stages that insects such as grasshoppers and butterflies undergo during their life cycle.

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Third Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.14 3.9.A Organisms and environments. The student knows and can describe patterns, cycles, systems, and relationships within the environments. The student is expected to observe and describe the physical characteristics of environments and how they support populations and communities of plants and animals within an ecosystem.
112.14 3.9.B Organisms and environments. The student knows and can describe patterns, cycles, systems, and relationships within the environments. The student is expected to identify and describe the flow of energy in a food chain and predict how changes in a food chain affect the ecosystem such as removal of frogs from a pond or bees from a field.
112.14 3.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to explore how structures and functions of plants and animals allow them to survive in a particular environment.
112.14 3.10.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to investigate and compare how animals and plants undergo a series of orderly changes in their diverse life cycles such as tomato plants, frogs, and lady beetles.

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Fourth Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.15 4.9.A Organisms and environments. The student knows and understands that living organisms within an ecosystem interact with one another and with their environment. The student is expected to investigate that most producers need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to make their own food, while consumers are dependent on other organisms for food.
112.15 4.9.B Organisms and environments. The student knows and understands that living organisms within an ecosystem interact with one another and with their environment. The student is expected to describe the flow of energy through food webs, beginning with the Sun, and predict how changes in the ecosystem affect the food web.
112.15 4.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures and behaviors that help them survive within their environment. The student is expected to explore how structures and functions enable organisms to survive in their environment.
112.15 4.10.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures and behaviors that help them survive within their environment. The student is expected to explore and describe examples of traits that are inherited from parents to offspring such as eye color and shapes of leaves and behaviors that are learned such as reading a book and a wolf pack teaching their pups to hunt effectively.

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Fifth Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.16 5.9.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that there are relationships, systems, and cycles within environments. The student is expected to observe the way organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and nonliving components.
112.16 5.9.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that there are relationships, systems, and cycles within environments. The student is expected to describe the flow of energy within a food web, including the roles of the Sun, producers, consumers, and decomposers.
112.16 5.9.C Organisms and environments. The student knows that there are relationships, systems, and cycles within environments. The student is expected to predict the effects of changes in ecosystems caused by living organisms, including humans, such as the overpopulation of grazers or the building of highways.
112.16 5.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms have structures and behaviors that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to compare the structures and functions of different species that help them live and survive in a specific environment such as hooves on prairie animals or webbed feet in aquatic animals.
112.16 5.10.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms have structures and behaviors that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle.

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Sixth Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.18 6.12.C Organisms and environments. The student knows all organisms are classified into domains and kingdoms. Organisms within these taxonomic groups share similar characteristics that allow them to interact with the living and nonliving parts of their ecosystem. The student is expected to recognize that the broadest taxonomic classification of living organisms is divided into currently recognized domains.
112.18 6.12.D Organisms and environments. The student knows all organisms are classified into domains and kingdoms. Organisms within these taxonomic groups share similar characteristics that allow them to interact with the living and nonliving parts of their ecosystem. The student is expected to identify the basic characteristics of organisms, including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, that further classify them in the currently recognized kingdoms.
112.18 6.12.E Organisms and environments. The student knows all organisms are classified into domains and kingdoms. Organisms within these taxonomic groups share similar characteristics that allow them to interact with the living and nonliving parts of their ecosystem. The student is expected to describe biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem in which organisms interact.
112.18 6.12.F Organisms and environments. The student knows all organisms are classified into domains and kingdoms. Organisms within these taxonomic groups share similar characteristics that allow them to interact with the living and nonliving parts of their ecosystem. The student is expected to diagram the levels of organization within an ecosystem, including organism, population, community, and ecosystem.

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Seventh Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.19 7.10.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that there is a relationship between organisms and the environment. The student is expected to observe and describe how different environments, including microhabitats in schoolyards and biomes, support different varieties of organisms.
112.19 7.10.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that there is a relationship between organisms and the environment. The student is expected to describe how biodiversity contributes to the sustainability of an ecosystem.
112.19 7.11.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that populations and species demonstrate variation and inherit many of their unique traits through gradual processes over many generations. The student is expected to examine organisms or their structures such as insects or leaves and use dichotomous keys for identification.

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Eighth Grade

TEKS Explanation of Credits
112.20 8.11.A Organisms and environments. The student knows that interdependence occurs among living systems and the environment and that human activities can affect these systems. The student is expected to investigate how organisms and populations in an ecosystem depend on and may compete for biotic factors such as food and abiotic factors such as quantity of light, water, range of temperatures, or soil composition.
112.20 8.11.B Organisms and environments. The student knows that interdependence occurs among living systems and the environment and that human activities can affect these systems. The student is expected to explore how short- and long-term environmental changes affect organisms and traits in subsequent populations.

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