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Supply and Demand: What If?
Students investigate economics by participating in a food activity. In this agriculture lesson, students read assigned text which discusses the food production system and how agribusiness is a vital pillar in our economy. Students define a list of vocabulary terms and examine real foods in class before answering study questions.
Lesson Plan for Garbage Pizza
Students explore what types of garbage enter the landfill. For this physical science lesson, students explain the importance of recycling. They make a poster about reducing, reusing and recycling materials.
Back to the Farm
Read up on farming and ranching and connect this information to your learners' lives. After reading, send class members home to fill out a family tree and trace their family history, focusing on farming and ranching backgrounds. Once this is completed, extend the assignment with a guest speaker, interview of a family member, and a report based on the speaker and interview.
GMOs: Should We Grow Them?
Students examine the ethics of biotechnology and genetically modifying various organisms. They complete various activities and labs on GMOs and then write a position paper regarding their individual opinions on the subject.
Baby Boom and the Culture of the 1950's
Eleventh graders explain the causes, course, and consequences of the United States' role in World War II.
The Pumpkin Patch - A Venture in Agritourism
After reading an article about how agritourism is helping boost the financial stability of local farms, middle schoolers answer comprehension questions. This is a case-study of Canadian pumpkin producers. It could be useful as a introduction to research on other forms of agribusiness in a science class. Teach this in the autumn and follow it up with a trip to the nearest pumpkin patch!
BUS: Farming: It's A Fact (Ag)
Students create two different types of graphs from the information in the "Farm Facts" booklet (i.e., bar graph, pie chart, etc.). They calculate where your food dollars are spent (on and off farm).
Making Sense of the Census
High schoolers problem solve the mean and median of agricultural data by completing a worksheet. They discuss the results of the statistical data.
Students explore how statistics effect their daily lives. They discuss how statistical data is collected for the purposes of agriculture.
Students analyze and interpret trends in farmland and population data. They develop line graphs of farmland acreage and population growth in Michigan, compare land use to population growth, and evaluate the pros and cons of developing farmland.
Agriculture: Introduction to Global Trade
Pupils research and explain the importance of international trade on American lifestyles. They analyze world farming systems, explore American imports and exports, and discuss how a country's infrastructure affects food and fiber distribution.
Students complete a variety of activities as they examine forms of energy, use of energy, different technologies to harness energy and the ethical implications of these sources and technologies.
Frightening Factory Farms
Young scholars discuss existence of and conditions on factory farms, and identify alternatives to factory farms that provide sustainable solutions for food production and environmental safety.
Brazil: National Progress or World Disaster?
Students examine the progress of Brazil as a major power in the world. They examine its environment and culture. They discuss how progress for some can be a disaster for others.
How Many Jobs In A Loaf Of Bread?
Learners develop career awareness and skill building for job performance. After completing an inventory of interests and skills, students link their career choice to a the agricultural components contained in their choice. Thy determine whether their career interest can be pursued through an agricultural career. Loaf of bread analogy is used to link jobs to agricultural.
What's In Your Grocery Bag?
Students explore the global implications of consumer decisions when purchasing groceries. They examine labels of food products and discuss the wording on the labels. They calculate food miles of how far each ingredient in foods has traveled. They identify the locations of the ingredients on maps.
Students examine and identify the different economic systems throughout the world. In groups, they develop their own economy basd on their own values and principles. They are given a problem scenerio to solve with the components of their system.
How People Have Used Soils: How Soils Have Affected U.S. History
Students read the activity sheet and brainstorm sources of information to answer the questions. They work in small groups to answer their questions, using a different source for each answer. They write a report with their group. More lessons are included in this mini unit.
"Now and Then" Comparing Present Day with Medieval Times
Eighth graders compare a present-day social issue with a medieval issue. They use technology tools to conduct their research and demonstrate their new knowledge. Students present their findings to the class in the form of a PowerPoint.
Staying Safe on the Job
Students share their opinions about the rights and responsibilities of employees, businesses and the government in maintaining a safe work environment. They prepare arguments supporting their assigned positions concerning workplace safety and create storyboards for a public service campaign.