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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.
"Scientist Stereotypes" could be another name for this lesson! Begin by drawing from middle schoolers' preconceived notions and media portrayal of scientists, and then explain that anyone can be a scientist. Even though there is an extensive appendix of information about different scientists, the lesson plan focuses a disproportionate amount of time on the stereotypes, even suggesting an experiment to discover whether or not scientists are "crazier" than "regular" people.
It's the attack of the clones! Not to worry; these are just plant clones. Teen horticulturalists will enjoy growing their own clone into a plant in an activity designed to be revisited after a few weeks. It is one experiment that kids will be happy to take home and share with their families.
The first two pages of this resource may not be useful as they contain a narrative as to how someone can improve their grade on an organic chemistry exam. The final page, however, contains four sample MCAT exam questions. You could use this page as a pop quiz for your emerging organic chemists, or simply distribute it as practice for the MCAT. Problems address isomer structure, carbocation, reactivity, and more.
The title is a little deceiving since only one of 17 slides is dedicated to the function of leaves, while the rest is dedicated to the structure. Both internal and external structure is taught with accompanying diagrams. If you are going to use this sufficient resource, change the title and add a few more slides to describe leaf margin, base, and shape. Take your botany buffs outdoors after viewing to examine a variety of leaves and reinforce learning.
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."
A continuous cascade of information comes through this PowerPoint on biotechnology. The topic is defined, a history is presented, and basic genetic engineering techniques are explained. The topic is covered in an objective manner, although the final slide assigns viewers to develop an argument for or against human cloning. The material is occasionally supplemented with photos or graphics, but they are somewhat grainy. This could possibly be of use for your high school or college biotechnology unit.
Have learners assess current farming techniques in their area with this valuable resource. They consider the impact of their local ecosystem, and research how Native American tribes used the land in the past. They go on Internet "expeditions," then use their findings to compose an expository research paper. This is a well done cross-curricular lesson that can be adapted to fit any state.
Students will conduct an experiment to determine the percentage of seed that will germinate in a given time frame. In this algebra/horticulture lesson, students will produce charts and graphs to represent the results of the experiment. This is an excellent example of a cross curriculum lesson that requires collaboration between a math and an agriculture teacher.
Young scholars experiment with growing plants with different growing conditions. In this science, math and writing lesson, students observe the growth of soybeans. Young scholars discover different types of seeds and how they travel and grow in different places. Additionally, students conduct an investigation to see which growing conditions help plants grow best.
Young scholars examine descriptions of a mining company's land-reclamation project. They share information to analyze the environmental impact of the project. Independently, they answer questions on environmental and economic issues surrounding the proposed reclamation of the mined area.