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Students investigate plant crop production. In this plant instructional activity students discover types of weeds, cultivation, and appropriate tools for gardening. Students examine ways to control weeds.
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.
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.
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 activity, students look at the value and function of fertilizer.  They differentiate between organic and inorganic types of fertilizer. This activity includes worksheets, 2 lessons and 2 activities.
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!
Pretest knowledge of seeds and fruits. Work through four on-paper activities about seed quality. Experiment using three different methods for germinating three different types of seeds and calculate percentage. Take a post-test to demonstrate what was learned. These assignments are laid out for your secondary agriculture or botany class. You may need to adjust formatting a little bit.
Dance our way to a better environment? If only it were that simple! This unique lesson appeals to bodily kinesthetic learners, but can memorable for all types of learners. They investigate different learning styles, or more specifically, Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. They learn simple dance moves and practice mirroring. Finally, they discuss the causes and consequences of global warming and then choreograph a dance about it. Different!
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.  For this where does food come from lesson, 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.
Students explore a farm poster and use vocabulary words. In this English vocabulary lesson, students practice using the new words in sentences, then sing a song, play a game, and make a map for reinforcement.
Students perform a series of experiments which show that plants require nutrients in certain quantities. They also cooperatively read materials on the nutrient requirements of plants, fertilizers, composting, and soil management, and students identify plant nutrient deficiencies using a specialized key. Students apply their knowledge to vote on mock ballot propositions that relate to agricultural and urban water issues.
Students explore genetic engineering and it biological and ethical implications. By conducting experiments with genetically engineered corn and plain corn they determine the difference in taste. Students also discover the effects of herbicides by planting two group of soybeans, one sprayed and the other to left to grow naturally.
Students examine factors affecting water quality. They test water in a local body of water to determine its quality. They collect data and continue monitoring the water monthly. They assess water quality in the home and on the farm.
Students examine the relationship between water retention and plant growth by conducting two experiments. They first compare the water retention qualities of clay, sand and loam soil types. Then they use the data from the first experiment to design the second plant growth and soil type experiment.
Students read and discuss article, "Simple Method Found to Vastly Increase Crop Yields," then research the basic components of conventional and organic agricultural methods. They, in groups, organize and present their research to the class.

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