Archive for September 2nd, 2008

Keep Texas Wild, 1

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Keep Texas Wild, a new section in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, brings a multidisciplinary approach to learning about the outdoors.

We wanted to offer something special that these students could really sink their teeth into every month. So, all of the fourth grade classrooms across Texas, public and private schools, will now begin receiving the magazine for a year.

The special section is made possible by a grant from ExxonMobil through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Managing editor, Louie Bond, says each fourth grade classroom will initially receive one subscription.

But we are making additional copies available at a very low cost, as well as additional subscriptions. Also on line, we’ll have a downloadable, printable PDF, so that teachers can print it out and hand to the class if they like.

During fourth grade, says Bond, children tend to be highly imaginative and open-minded.

Fourth grade is when reading skills become less labored and more comprehensive. They begin to really read for meaning, and explore deeper into the world. Also in Texas, the TEKS, the standards for learning, include a lot about the natural world and science in fourth grade, and getting out and investigating the natural world and learning more about it. So, it really fits into the curriculum of fourth grade.

We have additional information about Keep Texas Wild at

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.