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Students investigate the interdependence of agriculture and the environment. They research areas of interdependence and provide examples of situations where farmers are practicing conservation in the local area. Their findings are presented to the class.
Learners investigate different factors that affect plant growth. They research the effects of water supply, radiant energy, air temperature, and soil temperature. Students also gather facts that influence plant nutrition that include the nutrients found in the soil.
Students examine the issue of soil infertility in Senegal. In this agriculture lesson, students follow the steps to complete the provided webquest that requires them to learn about  the issue and create a 3-year plan for planting in the country.
Fertility in soil is the topic of this presentation. Future farmers will be able to define fertilizer, list ten essential soil elements, and describe the roles of both primary and secondary nutrients in plant production. Although there are only five black and white drawings contained in these 25 slides, the information is presented in an organized manner and will support your lecture on the topic.
Fifth graders engage in some activities that will help them to identify erosion and explain the causes of erosion. They also look into ways that humans can slow the process of erosion in some cases. After a teacher-led demonstration, everyone goes outside to the playground to see how running water is a main source of erosion of soil and rock. This is a fine lesson plan, nicely written and organized.
Middle schoolers explore the concept and implications of extinction using the example of the Passenger Pigeon, once an extremely abundant species that was completely eliminated by humans.
Here is a fine lesson plan for fifth graders that will give them an idea of the variety of impacts that human-introduced pollutants have on the environment. After an initial class discussion and teacher-led demonstration, pupils brainstorm the ways that they could clean up some contaminated water. They are introduced to the processes of screening, sedimentation, filtration, and chemical treatment for cleaning up polluted water.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, but do they care what soil is all about? Find out in an easy and fun controlled experiment. Have your young  biologists hypothesize, test, and draw conclusions about which type of soil worms prefer. If you do not have access to Biochar, you could modify the materials by using different types of soil. The investigation would work well in the classroom or as a science club activity.
Second in a series of five lessons, this lesson encourages preteens to consider cities as urban ecosystems. First, they keep a food diary for a few days. They visit the Natrional Agricultural Statistics Service website for current data on food production. They take a virtual tour of ancient Mesopotamia and discuss how the improvement of food production is related to the development of cities. Standing alone, this lesson does not stand out. Check out the other lessons in the series though. You may find the mini-unit valuable. for upper elementary world history.
Cities are compared to living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Fourth in a five-part series of lessons, this one focuses on the flow of materials through a city. Links to interesting websites and images make your delivery of information more interesting. Poetry about waste brings an interdisciplinary aspect to the lesson plan, which concludes by having collaborative groups prepare presentations to the class about what they learned. 
Here's a fine activity on renewable and non-renewable sources of energy for your 5th graders. In it, learners list a number of natural resources on the board, then try to sort the resources into appropriate categories. This helps them to define and understand renewable vs, non-renewable resources. The discussion concludes with ways that the non-renewable resources can be conserved by everyone in the class.
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.
Students explore the role and importance of soil in the ecosystem.  For this Science and Social Studies lesson, students complete an experiment using various kinds of soil and clay and then examine how soil has a direct impact on our environment and society.
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.
Students build knowledge about agriculture as it relates to their communities' commodities.  In this agriculture lesson, students brainstorm about conditions in their community with regards to growing different types of crops. Students then research and record relevant information about the diversity in agriculture study.  Students then write an essay describing agriculture in their community and create posters to demonstrate understanding.
For this chemistry worksheet, students answer 41 multiple choice question and 28 short answer questions to prepare for Living Environment Regents Exam.
Young scientists identify erosion, explain the causes of erosion, and name some techniques that can slow the process of erosion. Learners are divided up into groups of four and perform a simulation of soil erosion in class. The instructions are clearly explained, and each group writes down their observations of the experiment in their science journals. This is a well-designed lesson that should stimulate excitement, and understanding.
Fifth graders study the impact of human activity on water quality and on the ecosystems of Earth. After a discussion on the various ways that water can be polluted, groups of youngsters get together to figure out the best way to clean a polluted sample of water. They must choose between screening, sedimentation, filtration, and chemical treatment. A terrific, hands-on science lesson.
Young scholars trace the presence of water-borne diseases to environmental conditions caused by humans. They describe how these diseases affect people in the developed world. They discuss possible solutions as well.
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.

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