Author:
Owl Nest Manager
Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Assessment, Full Course, Homework/Assignment, Lecture, Lesson, Lesson Plan, Student Guide, Syllabus
Level:
Middle School
Tags:
  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture Careers
  • Agriculture Perceptions
  • Animal Science
  • Commodities
  • Food Products & Processing
  • Intro to AFNR
  • Intro to Ag
  • NE Ag
  • Plant Science
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    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    9-Week Middle School Agriculture Literacy Curriculum

    9-Week Middle School Agriculture Literacy Curriculum

    Overview

    This course aims to increase understanding and knowledge of our food and fiber system, giving a starting point for students to explore pathways and occupations related to the agriculture industry, and gain hands-on experience learning basic agricultural practices. This curriculum, designed for eighth-graders, is intended to be student-led and inquiry-based.  Written by Emma Sunderman; Ice Cream in a Bag Lesson Plan by Caleb tenBensel; other activities developed and curated by Nebraska AFNR educators

    Middle School Ag Literacy Course

    Accompanying slides and notes:

    Butter Lab

    • Butter Lab.docx
    • Butter Lab.pptx

     

    Corn Plastic Lab

     

    Desert Island Activity

     

    Ice Cream Lab

    • Ice Cream in a Bag.docx
    • Ice Cream in a Bag Lesson Plan by Caleb tenBensel
    • Ice Cream Inquiry.pdf

     

    Trading Game Activity

     


     

    This course aims to increase understanding and knowledge of our food and fiber system, giving a starting point for students to explore pathways and occupations related to the agriculture industry, and gain hands-on experience learning basic agricultural practices. This curriculum, designed for eighth-graders, is intended to be student-led and inquiry-based.
     

    Competencies/Objectives

    Unit 1-Defining Agriculture

    1. Identify how agriculture impacts me daily
    2. Explain the diversity of the agriculture industry
    3. Identify and explain one career in the agriculture industry
    4. Explain how agriculture impacts the economy on a local through global level

     

    Unit 2-Agriculture Perceptions

    1. Analyze common agriculture perceptions and differentiate between perception and reality
    2. Identify three common characteristics of agriculturists
    3. Define and assess standard agriculture industry practices

     

    Unit 3-Agriculture Products

    1. Identify local, state, and national agriculture commodities
    2. Construct biodegradable plastic and identify the importance of corn in everyday items
    3. Create ice cream in a bag from agriculture commodities
    4. Compare and identify import and export countries and products

     

    Unit 4-Animal Science

    1. Identify by-products generated from the animal industry
    2. Trace the steps milk goes through to make butter
    3. Identify specialty animal production systems and their importance to the agriculture industry
    4. Explain and summarize the importance of a selected animal to the agriculture industry

     

    Unit 5-Plant Science
    1. Identify the 4 major parts of a plant and explain the functions of each

    2. Calculate germination rate and identify what plants need to germinate

    3. Identify and explain plant by products and their importance

     

    Unit 6-United States
    1. Classify animals and plants grown in different regions of the U.S.

    Cover photo by Anna Samoylova on Unsplash

    Unit 1 - Defining Agriculture

    Competencies/Objectives

    1. Identify how agriculture impacts me daily
    2. Explain the diversity of the agriculture industry
    3. Identify and explain one career in the agriculture industry
    4. Explain how agriculture impacts the economy on a local through global level

     

    Unit 2 - Agriculture Perceptions

    Competencies/Objectives

    1. Analyze common agriculture perceptions and differentiate between perception and reality
    2. Identify three common characteristics of agriculturists
    3. Define and assess standard agriculture industry practices

    Unit 3 - Agriculture Products

    Competencies/Objectives

    1. Identify local, state, and national agriculture commodities
    2. Construct biodegradable plastic and identify the importance of corn in everyday items
    3. Create ice cream in a bag from agriculture commodities
    4. Compare and identify import and export countries and products

    3.2 Corn Plastic Lab

    3.3 Ice Cream Lab

    • Ice Cream in a Bag.docx
    • Ice Cream in a Bag Lesson Plan by Caleb tenBensel
    • Ice Cream Inquiry.pdf

    3.4 Trading Game Activity

     

    Unit 4 - Animal Science

    Competencies/Objectives

    1. Identify by-products generated from the animal industry
    2. Trace the steps milk goes through to make butter
    3. Identify specialty animal production systems and their importance to the agriculture industry
    4. Explain and summarize the importance of a selected animal to the agriculture industry

    Animal By-Products Game

    Butter Lab

    • Butter Lab.docx
    • Butter Lab.pptx

    Unit 5 - Plant Science

    Competencies/Objectives

    1. Identify the 4 major parts of a plant and explain the functions of each
    2. Calculate germination rate and identify what plants need to germinate
    3. Identify and explain plant by products and their importance

    Industrial Energy and Non-Food Crops

    • Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land By Ronald D. Sands, Scott A. Malcolm, Shellye A. Suttles, and Elizabeth Marshall
    • https://www.ers.usda.gov/webdocs/publications/81903/err-223.pdf?v=0

     

     

     

    Unit 6 - United States

    Competencies/Objectives

    1. Classify animals and plants grown in different regions of the U.S.

    2023 Nebraska AFNR Standards alignment

    Nebraska 2023 AFNR Content Standards:

    AFNR.HS.20.6.a Classify major components of the plant industry.

    AFNR.HS.20.6.b Classify plants according to life cycles.

    AFNR.HS.20.6.c Identify the function of plant parts.

    AFNR.HS.20.3.b Identify careers available in multiple AFNR Career Pathways.

    AFNR.HS.20.3.c Determine common qualities of a specific career area

    (e.g., educational requirements, work environment).

    AFNR.HS.20.3.d Identify necessary steps to prepare for a specific AFNR careers

    (coursework, post-secondary, needed skills).

    AFNR.HS.20.9.a Define major sectors within the agribusiness industry

    AFNR.HS.20.5.a Identify and summarize key terminology used in animal systems (e.g., heifer vs.

    cow, bull vs. steer, calving, farrowing, bovine, equine).

    AFNR.HS.20.5.d Classify the major components of production animal systems (e.g., feedlots,

    cow-calf operations, farrow, finish) and regional distribution.

    AFNR.HS.20.5.e Categorize uses for and products generated from production animals.