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For any teacher leading a unit on agriculture, this would be a valuable lesson. Learners compose an essay on the topic, "Agriculture Counts." The discussion that occurs in-class before any writing begins really does show the many, many ways that agriculture touches our lives in the things we eat, wear, use for recreation... the list goes on. Terrific instructions for how to construct the essay are embedded in this impressive plan.
After reading an informational text on the Agricultural Research Service (key vocabulary words are pre-selected and defined), learners research the role of the ARS in Oklahoma. Using reputable online sources, they label a map of the state (included) with relevant areas. Researchers focus on one of the three major areas of focus for the ARS, creating a research project and visual. They choose one of six engaging ways to synthesize their research creatively, or can choose to make up a seventh approach. An added objective here is to focus on acronyms, of which there are plenty in the world of agriculture.
Most young people don't spend a lot of time thinking about why some foods cost less than others. This resource uses clips from the documentary, Food, Inc. to explore the impact of agricultural subsidies on nutrition, health, and the economy. The topic is introduced by asking class members what determines the food they typically eat in their homes; for example, taste, cost, nutrition, etc. Next, learners record information on a viewing guide as they watch the clips. There is ample discussion, supplementary graphs, and extra readings to help ensure a thorough understanding of the topic. Numerous extensions and adaptations provide easy ways to further develop this plan.
Students discuss ways in which agriculture impacts their lives on a daily basis. In groups, they brainstorm ideas that they could possibly write about. They write a rough draft, participate in peer editing and write a final draft of a paper on one of the topics they brainstormed.
Discover Oklahoma's first farmers. Read about 14 different agriculture workers and their contribution to Oklahoma's farming. After reading, have your class complete several activities such as researching an agriculturist, writing a research paper, creating a wanted poster, and working on an Oklahoma map. Note: There are a variety of cross-curricular applications provided in this resource.
Students explore agricultural concepts and how humans modify the physical environment. They participate in card sorting activities to determine agricultural concepts: Dependence, Adaptation, Modification (D. A. M.). Students identify common ways people deal with their environment.
Students explore cycles in nature. In this cross curriculum agriculture lesson, students define "cycle" and research weather and planting folklore. Students make a bracelet in which individual colored beads represent the many "cycles" of life, including people, water, plants, soil, day, night, air, and sun. Students participate in an experiment or website activity, read related text, or sing a song for each of these cycles. Background information for the teacher is included.
Students investigate trends in agriculture. In this secondary mathematics lesson, students evaluate agricultural census data from 1982 to 2202 as they compare the properties of the mean and the median. Students explore what sorts of changes in data make either the mean or the median change.
Students identify connections between agriculture, advertising, and mail order catalogues during 1890s as expressed at World's Fair of 1893. Students interpret photographic exhibit and discuss how reactions of rural fair visitors differed from those of urban fair visitors.