What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Lesson 1 - Sustainable Agriculture: Introduction

Lesson Plans

Downloads

Lesson One PDF  (pdf 84.72 KB)
Lesson One PowerPoint  (pptx 17.84 MB)

Online Learning Experience

National Learning Standards:

  • HS-ESS3-1 Human Sustainability: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • HS-ESS3-4 Earth and Human Activity: Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • WHST.9-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.

 

Grade Level: 9-12

Lesson Length: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Define key terms related to sustainable agriculture
  • Identify key events throughout agricultural history and their effects

 

Materials and Equipment Needed:

  • Introductory Lesson PowerPoint
  • KWL posters (3)
  • Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Activity Sheet (1 per student)
  • Post-it notes (at least 3 notes per student)
  • Access to the internet

 

Cross-Curricular Connections:

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

Science

Experience the plant lifecycle by growing a small historical garden in/near your classroom. Select crops that were originally grown in your area.

 

Technology

Conduct a mini-research project on technological advances throughout agricultural history and their impact on sustainability.

 

Engineering

Design a prototype of a system that could help make their school more sustainable.

 

Mathematics

Visit NASA’s (www.nasa.gov) or NOAA’s website (www.noaa.gov) to evaluate and chart climate change data.

 

Teacher Preparation:

  • Create KWL posters
  • Print Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Activity Sheets
  • Reserve access to computer lab, if necessary

Recommended Publications

Snacks Ag Mag

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Right This Very Minute Educator’s Guide

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Plant Breeding Ag Mag

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture