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*We are anxious to have students out here at Circle N Maze to learn about the farm life!  Below are examples of Science lesson ideas with the TEKS attached.  Students will be welcome to come observe and collect data to bring back to their classrooms!


If you are interested in booking a school, please email us at or call 210-274-3816.  School rates are $7 per person.


*We will grow this program every year and are excited to bring Science and Agricultural education to La Vernia and the surrounding area!


Science TEKS by Grade Level


**Kindergarten Lesson Ideas With TEKS


At Circle N Maze, use a graphic organizer, such as a T-chart, to differentiate between living organisms and nonliving objects.  Include information, in the form of pictures or words, about the basic needs of organisms and the ability to produce offspring.


K.2D , K.2E , K.9A ELPS.c.1C


After you get back from Circle N Maze, create a picture or poster to inform others about the basic needs of a plant and the basic needs of an animal.  Include pictures and words (A word bank may be provided for all students.).


Standard(s): K.2D , K.2E , K.9B ELPS.c.3B , ELPS.c.4G


**1st Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


Using appropriate tools, collect and organize weather data during your day at Circle N Maze.  Create an oral presentation about the current weather conditions, including relative temperature, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or dry.  Identify one activity affected by weather.


Standard(s): 1.2D , 1.4A , 1.8A ELPS.c.1A , ELPS.c.1E , ELPS.c.3J


While at Circle N Maze, create a Venn diagram to sort and classify pictures of living organisms and nonliving objects based on the specific characteristics of having basic needs and producing offspring.  Orally communicate the reasons for how the pictures were sorted.


Standard(s): 1.2E , 1.9A ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.3B


**2nd Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


After making observations at Circle N Maze, create a book to inform others how the physical characteristics of plants help them meet their basic needs.  Pages should include labeled illustrations and brief descriptions.


Standard(s): 2.2D , 2.9A , 2.10B ELPS.c.4D , ELPS.c.5B


After observing the animals at Circle N Maze, create an imaginary animal.  Label the external characteristics, and record the basic need each characteristic meets.


Standard(s): 2.2E , 2.9A , 2.10A ELPS.c.3B , ELPS.c.5A


**3rd Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


Create a card sort to illustrate and identify each stage in the life cycle of a corn plant.  Compare this plant’s life cycle with that of a different organism being studied in class.


Standard(s): 3.2C , 3.2F , 3.10C ELPS.c.4J , ELPS.c.5B


After making observations at Circle N Maze, write a story that describes a day in the life of an assigned organism as it meets its need for survival.  Describe interactions within the ecosystem, including the flow of energy through food chains and changes in the environment, which contribute to and threaten the organism’s survival.


Standard(s): 3.2A , 3.2F , 3.9A , 3.9B , 3.9CELPS.c.5G


**4th Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


After collecting data at Circle N Maze, create an illustration of the life cycles of two different organisms.  Create and complete a concept map to compare the differences and similarities between them.  Examples could be a plant, egg, buttefly etc.


Standard(s): 4.2C , 4.10C ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.4F


After visiting Circle N Maze, select a new habitat for any of the farm animals or plants. Draw a picture to illustrate the plant or farm animal in its new habitat.  Label the adaptations that the plant or farm animal would have to make to increase its chances of survival in its new habitat.  Describe each adaptation, and explain how they may increase the chances of survival for the plant or animal.


Standard(s): 4.3A , 4.10A ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.2E , ELPS.c.5B


**5th Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


Collect data on habitats for living and nonliving organisms at Circle N Maze.  Design and observe a closed habitat for an organism, and describe the living and nonliving elements, the flow of energy through the system, and the significance of the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to the survival of plants and animals within that system.  After the system is established, predict the effects of the overpopulation of one organism.


Standard(s): 5.2G , 5.3C , 5.4A , 5.9A , 5.9B, 5.9C , 5.9D ELPS.c.1E , ELPS.c.5B , ELPS.c.5G


While at the maze, collect data on various insects observed.  Write a description of the differences in insect metamorphosis.  Analyze advertisements for various pesticide products.  Justify which products would work best for various insects that undergo complete and incomplete metamorphosis.


Standard(s): 5.3B , 5.10C ELPS.c.4J , ELPS.c.5B


**6th Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


Collect 3 rocks at Circle N Maze. Classify samples of rocks as metamorphic, igneous, or sedimentary by the processes of their formation.   Include a summary of the processes of formation for each type of rock.


Standard(s): 6.2E , 6.10B ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.5C


Collect data at Circle N Maze.  When you are back at school create a model of an ecosystem that pertains to Circle N Maze.  Write a report describing the interactions of one population with the abiotic and biotic factors in the ecosystem.  Develop symbols and a key to identify an organism, a population, the community, and abiotic factors.


Standard(s): 6.2D , 6.12E , 6.12F ELPS.c.5F, ELPS.c.5G


**7th Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


Collect data at Circle N Maze.  After  visiting Circle N Maze, think back on the organisms that were observed.  Create an imaginary organism with internal structures that allow specific functions to be performed.  In a class presentation, explain how the structures allow a specific function to occur.  Identify the advantages and limitations of the model.


Standard(s): 7.3B , 7.3C , 7.12A ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.3H


Observe succession in a microhabitat, such as a corn maze or animal pen, and complete a descriptive laboratory report.  Include information on the following:


stages of succession


climax communities


limiting factors


Standard(s): 7.1A , 7.2A , 7.2C , 7.4A , 7.10CELPS.c.5F , ELPS.c.5G


**8th Grade Lesson Ideas with TEKS


While at Circle N Maze, research and map the national weather for the day indicating the location of high and low pressure areas, warm and cold fronts, jet stream, and winds, for those selected days.  Include a prediction of future weather for Circle N Maze.


Standard(s): 8.2C , 8.2E , 8.4A , 8.10BELPS.c.4D , ELPS.c.4E , ELPS.c.4F


Design and implement an experimental investigation that can be performed with data collected at Circle N Maze. Include a testable problem, develop a hypothesis, write a procedures, select and use equipment, collect data, and communicate valid conclusions.  Write and present a report that follows the design of the investigation and communicates the results and conclusions.


Standard(s): 8.1A , 8.1B , 8.2B , 8.2C , 8.2D , 8.2E , 8.3A , 8.4A , 8.4B ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.1E , ELPS.c.2H


**Biology Lessons with TEKS


Collect data and make observations about the plants at Circle N Maze. Create a graphic organizer that describes the interactions among plant systems that perform the functions of transport, reproduction, and response in plants.


Standard(s): B.2G , B.2H , B.5B , B.10B , B.10C ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.3H


Collect data and make observations about the plants at Circle N Maze.  Create a drawing of a vascular plant with specialized structures labeled and their functions indicated.  Write a detailed report on how the plant obtains water and nutrients and how it grows and reproduces.  Include the type of environment in which this plant would live, and explain adaptations that allow for its survival.


Standard(s): B.2H , B.5B , B.7E , B.10B , B.11B ELPS.c.5F


**Environmental Systems Lesson Ideas with TEKS


At Circle N Maze take detailed photographs of similar types of plants or animals in the local ecosystem.  Research local species to identify the photographed organisms, and determine if they are native to the ecosystem.  Create a dichotomous key of the native species photographed.  Use another student’s photographs and dichotomous key to determine the identity of the organisms that the student photographed.


Standard(s): E.1A , E.2K , E.4A ELPS.c.1C , ELPS.c.1E , ELPS.c.4F , ELPS.c.4K , ELPS.c.5G

“Texas Strong” the new theme of Circle N Maze


Open Weekends Starting Saturday, September 23, 2017!

Circle N Maze is a 5.5 acre maze in the San Antonio area.
We are located on the back 80 acres of Circle N farm, just off Dry Hollow Rd.  


The Texas Strong was not the original design, but after Harvey  flattened our original 15 acre field, we moved the maze and changed the design. 

Seeing all of Texas come together after Harvey was inspiring. Hopefully this reminds folks out there that Texas has a long way to go when it comes to rebuilding, especially the Texas coast.


Don’t forget… we’re toddler friendly too,  we also have a “mini maze”  for the pip squeaks!  So there’s fun waiting for everyone!  What else can you expect at Circle N Maze?
 A huge pumpkin patch,, Picture stations, Petting Zoo with Live baby animals!  Special “Lights Out” Hours, for those who want to “get lost” in the dark.
 Multiple vendors and Food Trucks so you can eat and shop! Hay Bales to climb and Games to play. A Special Dog Days Event… and MORE!
The goal of the Herley family is to create a family oriented place to have fun  and learn about animals and agriculture.