Horticulture Teacher Resources
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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.
Discuss the possibilities of a career in agriculture with your class. They will view a movie, two presentations, visit three websites, and investigate the types of careers available to those seeking employment in the agricultural field. Farming, business, and agriculture-science are all potential career opportunities.
What better way to understand the science behind food and agriculture, than to complete an experiment? Kids sour milk, observe changes due to bacteria, and alter temperatures to cause reactions. They also explore the process of making cheese and milk by watching four different videos.
Do you or your learners know where apples or potato chips come from? If not, you will after this lesson. To explore careers in agriculture, learners first examine the importance of agriculture to our nation. They view several movies describing products that come from America's Heartland, play an online game, and visit a website to see a timeline of food production. All necessary links and the lesson are included.
In this plant science learning exercise, students answer short answer questions about plant science. Students complete 7 questions to get their merit badge.
Do you have what it takes to survive as a fit predator or will elusive prey lead to your extinction? Find out in a creative natural selection activity. Using different colors and shapes of grains to represent different species and generations of organisms, your little hunters will try to collect as many as possible using forceps as beaks. To add some diversity to your predator populations, you could adapt the activity by having kids use tweezers, chopsticks, spoons, or other tools in addition to the forceps.
Young scholars examine the effects of pests on other organisms, crops, and the environment. they construct an insect observation chamber and discover how some insects can be pests in some situations and beneficial in others. They write "pest poems."
Learners 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.
Learners investigate the composting process through a variety of experiments. For this ecology lesson, students discuss the benefits of composting. They examine how compost affect plant growth.
Students define philanthropy and evaluate how the government would functin without the help of volunteers. They write song lyrics, participate in a class discussion, and complete a Venn diagram.
High schoolers describe sexual reproduction in plants, including the process of pollination, how insects assist in pollination, and how pollination differs from fertilization. They also explore the importance of honey bees to Arizona agriculture.
Students explore the composting process and participate in a contest to make the most compost the fastest from the school's kitchen and yard waste.
Young historians explore how technology and science affected life in the state of New Hampshire. They define technology and give personal experiences of how technology affects people and how people have used technology. They compare the technology of today with technology of the past. This lesson could easily be adapted to a different state's history with technology.
Students examine what changes occur in the forests during the transition from summer to winter.
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 determine that the lands the English settled on were owned and inhabited by 70,000 Indians. They consider that the London Company sold land charters to the English, which gave them illegal title to lndian land and that the Puritans established the largest colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony, which had two branches: Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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 use a series of hands-on labs and activities, practice problems, discussions and writing assignments, students investigate about fertilizer chemistry as they break compounds into ions, make a fertilizer and test various fertilizers for phosphate content. They answer the questions of what nutrients are required by plants, how these nutrients are obtained and the issues related to fertilizers.
Students examine the growth of marigolds in a greenhouse environment. They chart data in spreadsheets showing plant growth over time and under a number of conditions. They record measures of plant height and greenhouse temperature.
Learners practice skills essential to all scientific investigation: carefully observing and collecting data. They become field biologists in a series of hands-on activities to collect and identify specimens, and survey and calculate the diversity of plant species in their local environment.