What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Lesson 1 - Sustainable Agriculture: Introduction

Lesson Plans


Lesson One PDF  (pdf 153.52 KB)
Lesson One PowerPoint  (pptx 37.49 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!


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



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



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



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