Feeding the Planet

Lesson 4 - Sustainable Agriculture: Production

Lesson Plans


Lesson Four PDF  (pdf 159.41 KB)
Lesson Four PowerPoint  (pptx 7.05 MB)

Online Learning Experience

National Learning Standards:

  • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple source of information presented in diverse formats in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Grade Level: 9-12

Lesson Length: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Categorize agricultural commodities into the four uses of agricultural products – food, fiber, fuel, and shelter
  • Define key terms related to food security
  • Explore the food security on a global scale, including affordability, availability, quality, and safety of various farm outputs


Materials and Equipment Needed:

  • Production Sustainability PowerPoint
  • Butcher paper or tearsheet (1 per group)
  • Markers and/or colored pencils
  • Access to the internet
  • Feeding the Planet Activity Sheets (1 per student)


Cross-Curricular Connections:

Use these suggested adaptations to make learning across the curriculum easy!


Explore the impact of biological advancements in agricultural production methods. Suggested resource: Bringing Biotechnology to Life http://www.agfoundation.org/bringing-biotech-to-life/



Research the impact of planting and harvesting technology, such as GPS units in tractors.



Create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the engineering design of a piece of production equipment used today, and in the past.



Evaluate production and price data provided by the USDA Economic Research Service: https://www.ers.usda.gov/