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Aquifers: If You Build it They Will Come


This in-class lesson plan focuses on how Texas settlers met their basic needs through the use of the windmill to draw water from different aquifers around the state. The lesson plan includes maps, student worksheets and helpful links about the evolution of the windmill.

Lesson plan developed and written by Claude Junior High, Claude ISD Teacher, Rebecca Yelverton.

LESSON PLAN, MAPS, STUDENT WORKSHEET

TEKS Alignment
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TEKS Alignment

(6) History. The student understands how individuals, events, and issues shaped the history of Texas from Reconstruction through the beginning of the 20th century.

(A) Identify significant individuals, events, and issues from Reconstruction through the beginning of the 20th century, including the factors leading to the expansion of the Texas frontier.


(8) Geography. The student uses geographic tools to collect, analyze, and interpret data.

(B) Pose and answer questions about geographic distributions and patterns in Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries.

(9) Geography. The student understands the location and characteristics of places and regions of Texas.

(B) Compare places and regions of Texas in terms of physical and human characteristics;

(C) Analyze the effects of physical and human factors such as climate, weather, landforms, irrigation, transportation, and communication on major events in Texas.

(10) Geography. The student understands the effects of the interaction between humans and the environment in Texas during the 19th and 20th centuries.

(A) Identify ways in which Texans have adapted to and modified the environment and analyze the consequences of the modifications; and

(11) Geography. The student understands the characteristics, distribution, and migration of population in Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries.

(B) Analyze how immigration and migration to Texas in the 19th and 20th centuries have influenced Texas.

(C) Analyze the effects of the changing population distribution in Texas during the 20th century.


(20) Science, technology, and society. The student understands the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the political, economic, and social development of Texas.

(A) Compare types and uses of technology, past and present.

(C) Analyze the effects of scientific discoveries and technological innovations, such as barbed wire, the windmill, and oil, gas, and aerospace industries, on the developments of Texas.

(D) Evaluate the effects of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the use of resources such as fossil fuels, water, and land.

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