What is Sustainable Agriculture?
Lesson 1 - Sustainable Agriculture: Introduction
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
- 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
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.
- Create KWL posters
- Print Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture Activity Sheets
- Reserve access to computer lab, if necessary