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Students investigate plant crop production. In this plant lesson students discover types of weeds, cultivation, and appropriate tools for gardening. Students examine ways to control weeds.
Following the standard style of the publisher, this lesson begins with a reading excerpt on the topic. Learners read about different types of agricultural equipment and agricultural history. They then work in teams to engineer and test a device that will consistently drop a seed every 15cm over a distance of 60cm. The lesson is a terrific way to demonstrate how technology improves our everyday lives. Use it with a STEM or agriculture unit.
What do a bicycle and the life cycle have in common? Cover this and more with the series of cross-curricular activities included in this plan. Learners do everything from making bracelets that represent the life cycle to checking out the Farmer's Almanac to conducting various related scientific experiments. Considering the large amount of standards the resource cites, there could be more detailed procedures.
Young scholars explore cycles in nature. In this cross curriculum agriculture instructional activity, students define "cycle" and research weather and planting folklore. Young scholars 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.
In this natural resources worksheet, students read a 1-page article about tropical deforestation and then respond to 11 short answer questions. Students then write a memo on deforestation and select 1 of 3 assessment activities to complete.
Students discuss elements of plant production. In this crop lesson, students look at the value and function of fertilizer.  They differentiate between organic and inorganic types of fertilizer. This lesson includes worksheets, 2 lessons and 2 activities.
An anticipatory slide suggests personal benefits from gardening. Then the presentation goes into choosing a location, considering soil type, the use of fertilizers, and the variety of crops available to choose from. If you are teaching an agriculture course, a horticulture elective, or are simply in charge of the school's garden, this is a great gadget for preparing your team to plant a vegetable patch. One small correction should be made, however; correct the title on slides six and seven to read, "Soil Types."
With the abundance of food products we can easily access in our society today, it is easy to forget the toll this can take on our global environment. Young learners will discover how the transition to agriculture and domesticated living from nomadic hunter-gatherer societies would also come to mean intensive exploitation of land. This is a great way to combine environmental study or Earth Day activities with a social studies lesson on the Agricultural Revolution!
Your young historians will discover how President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to alleviate hardships of the Great Depression by analyzing the words of his inaugural address and exploring the various New Deal programs he would later implement.
Young learners can often find it difficult to relate to foreign policy considerations and decisions made by the federal government. This resource offers simple analogies to help convey such concepts as sanctions and diplomacy, and interactive activities that will get your youngsters thinking from the perspective of the president of the United States.
From pharaohs and pyramids to the mummification process, this packet is a fantastic resource for studying ancient Egypt! Worksheets not only review key terms and practices that are foundational to ancient Egyptian culture, such as religious beliefs, writing, architecture, etc., but also include a range of engaging, interactive activities.
Through several organized and attractive worksheets, your learners will make a deduction about tally marks and hieroglyphics to determine what they represent in the ancient numeral system. This is a well-designed, interdisciplinary worksheet with cross-curricular connections between ancient history and math.
In a cross-curricular lesson linking math and science, examine the percentages of earth's water supply with your elementary kids using pasta or dixie cups of water. Younger learners focus on identifying local water sources on the globe or a map, then making a pie chart of the earth's water, while older kids graph the data on a bar graph after performing a brief simulation representing the distribution of earth's water.
Numbers and statistics don't mean nearly as much to middle schoolers as visuals. Create a model of earth's water supply with an aquarium, then follow the directions to remove small portions of the water to represent water in its various places on and around our planet. Learners then add up the percentages of locations of fresh water and discuss the importance of maintaining a clean and accessible supply of drinking water. 
What is the difference between a ranch and a farm? After reading and discussing the provided background information, young agriculturalists will color, cut, and create neat little booklets that show the differences between ranches and farms. They draw, write, and sing about the differences between each location to solidify their understanding. The booklet pages, instructions, template, and song lyrics are all included!
Students recognize that food we eat comes from farms.  In this where does food come from activity, students discuss planting crops and how they grow.  Students plant seeds for edible crops and eat them when are ripe. Students sing a song about crops. Students discuss the chicken which also gives us food and learn about how to care for a chicken egg.
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 investigate the process of desertification in the Sahel region of Africa. They discuss photos from a National Geographic magazine, analyze the physical/political map of the Sahara, identify the causes and effects of desertification on a handout, and write a conversation between two people.
Students classify living things according to their characteristics and functions. They observe living things grow, move, use food, and adapt to changes around them. As the students work through the subtasks in this unit, they make connections between the natural and human effects on living species.
Students examine the practice of agriculture and the process that takes place in the life of farmers.  Students acquire vocabulary that pertains to the farming industry. Students participate in activities that promote awareness of what it takes to have food available in their communities. Students complete worksheet with important information.

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