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TEKS & Strategies


Nonfiction Chapter Book
Nonfiction Chapter Book
Reference Book
Reference Book
Fiction Chapter Book
Fiction Chapter Book
Fiction Chapter Book

TEKS
1) 130.3. Livestock Production (One-Half to One Credit).
a) General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12.
b) Introduction. To be prepared for careers in the field of animal science, students need to
attain academic skills and knowledge, acquire knowledge and skills related to animal
systems and the workplace, and develop knowledge and skills regarding career
opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. To prepare for success,

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students need opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and
skills in a variety of settings. Animal species to be addressed in this course may include,
but are not limited to, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and poultry.
2) 130.2. Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (One-Half to One
Credit).
a) General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 9-12.
b) Introduction. To be prepared for careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources,
students must attain academic skills and knowledge in agriculture. This course allows
students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal
development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices, and expectations. To
prepare for success, students need to have opportunities to learn, reinforce experience,
apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.

Nonfiction Chapter Book

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Title:
Handbook of Livestock Equipment
Citation:
Juergenson, Elwood. (1979). Handbook of Livestock Equipment. The Interstate Printers &
Publishers Inc. Danville, Illinois
Summary:
-This novel is specific to the building and the use of livestock equipment properly. It gives the
readers instruction as well as blueprints on the building of fence, gates, chutes, corrals, shelter,
and feeding and watering equipment. In the later chapters it gets into specie specific equipment
such as: horse, cattle, sheep, and swine.
Strategy:
-Anticipation Guide
How to Use:
-The use of this book would be very beneficial to use as a basic introductory class to teach your
students the proper way to build shelter and equipment to use the correct way for your livestock.
It could also be a very versatile text that could be used for upper level classes to teach them how
to build their own barn for when they have animals of their own after schooling. Using an
Anticipation Guide as a pre-reading strategy, I would give the students a few concepts from the
reading and have them write what they think it is going to be. Upon finishing reading they would
go back and write what the concept actually is and compare it to their previous answer.

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Nonfiction Chapter Book

Title:
Livestock Handling and Transport
Citation:
Grandin, T. (2007). Livestock Handling and Transport. CAB International. Australia.
Summary:
-This novel is pointed towards to topic on how to effectively handle and transport livestock in a
proper humane fashion. It shows the reader at the beginning on how to get to know the animals
youre working with and how to approach them properly without causing stress for the handler
or the animal. It then goes in depth on how to handle different types of cattle dependent on how
they were raised. The novel also gives the reader the same information for a vast variety of
animals.
Strategy:

How to Use:
-I would use this book again in an introductory class. It would be helpful to show your students
how to properly move livestock without injuring yourself or the animal. This book would also
teach your students how to manage livestock and to work with them without putting the animal
into a sense of felling stressed.

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Reference Book

Title:
Mathematical Applications in Agriculture
Citation:
Mitchell, Nina. (2004). Mathematical Applications in Agriculture. Delmar Learning. Clifton
Park, NY.
Summary:
-This book is an overview on how to use ordinary mathematical skills in an agriculture
environment. It gives the reader applications in many different areas. These are: applications in
crop production, applications in livestock production, and applications in agribusiness and
financial management. With all of these different types of applications the reader is shown many
different varieties of ways to use math in agriculture.
Strategy:

How to Use:
-The best use that I see for this book would be for some sort of agriculture math class that would
give the students a math credit as well. If you could have such a class where the students would
get credit for one of their years in a math they would be more likely to take this course. Since

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this book goes in depth on different mathematical operations and all of the math applications in
raising livestock you would be able to offer it as a dual credit course.

Reference Book

Title:
The History of Agricultural Education in Texas
Citation:
Stockton, Jerry. (1988). The History of Agricultural Education in Texas. Texas Tech Press.
Lubbock, TX.
Summary:
-This text highlights the whole entire history of the FFA organization and explains to the readers
all the important steps that the organization has gone through to be where it is today. It also
shows the reader that the organization isnt just for students but is also available for alumni
members. The overall concept of the novel is to show that the organization has changed over the
years and is one of the best organizations to be involved with.
Strategy:

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How to Use:
-I would use this text in a very simple freshmen class that was geared toward the teaching of the
history of the FFA organization. It would be a great text to teach the freshmen students where
this great organization came from. It would also be great to show the mottos and what exactly
everything in the symbol stands for. Among these you could also use it to show all the different
things you can do in the organization besides just raise and show livestock.

Fiction Chapter Book

Title:
Onion John
Citation:
Krumgold, Joseph. (1959). Onion John. Thomas Y. Crowell Company. New York.
Summary:
-This book is based upon a full length documentary film about a boy who wants to go with his
male family members on the sheep drive into the mountains of New Mexico. It means so much
to Miguel because it is tradition that when a boy goes on this sheep drive it is then when he
becomes a man.
Strategy:

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How to Use:
-I would use this novel in my classroom as an after class reading assignment. Every week the
students would have to read a portion book and that would be followed by an in class quiz. Upon
completion of reading the text the students would have a test that would test their comprehension
of the book.

Fiction Chapter Book

Title:
Cowboy Country
Citation:
Scott, Ann. (1993). Cowboy Country. Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, NY.
Summary:
-This book shows the reader the life of a true cowboy back in the days of living life on
the frontier. It highlights how life used to be when there were no fences and no pickup

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trucks. Where the cattle were free ranging and were gathered up before a drive to be
branded.
Strategy:

How to Use:
-This novel could be used as an introductory piece given to the students on the first day of class
to show them that agriculture has been around since the beginning of time. Even though this
book is geared for a younger audience it would still be a good one to use to show your students
that people have been relying on general agriculture for a very long time now.

Fiction Chapter Book

Title:
The Oregon Trail
Citation:
Fisher, Leonard. (1990). The Oregon Trail. Holiday House. New York, NY.

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Summary:
-This book is a recap of how the pioneers of the 1840s used the 2,000 mile stretch of country,
known as the Oregon Trail, to travel and move their stock to sale. It shows the readers how these
people lived and what they endured while traveling across this harsh terrain. They did this by
living out of covered wagons, sleeping under the stars, and cooking over the open flame.
Strategy:

How to Use:
-I would use this book as a history lesson at the beginning of the year for my students. It would
be used to show the students that without events such as this our cattle industry would not be like
it is today. If it wasnt for these people doing these courageous activities we might not even have
cattle, therefore these students wouldnt have the opportunity to raise and show cattle.