Students learn how the process of soil solarization is used to pasteurize agricultural fields before planting crops. Soil solarization is a pest control technique in agriculture that uses the sun’s radiation to heat the soil and eliminate unwanted pests that could harm the crops. The approach is compared to other pest control methods such as fumigation and herbicide application, highlighting the respective benefits and drawbacks. In preparation for the associated hands-on activity on soil biosolarization, students learn how changing the variables involved in the solarizing process (such as the tarp material, soil water content and addition of organic matter) impacts the technique’s effectiveness. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post-quiz is provided.
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This is an overview of a dramatic play farm/farmer's market center. It includes description, purpose, suggested materials, questioning examples, considerations, photo examples, literature connections and downloadable resources.
To learn about history, culture, and innovation in agriculture by comparing old and new farm tools, machines and methods used to plant, harvest, and store corn.
is a curriculum-oriented site using the birthplace of the American president to introduce readings and suggested theme topics for student papers. The site shows photos and drawings of the home in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover was born.
In this interactive, learners develop the skills to handle a horse safely before entering the corral for the first time. The interactive consists of three stages, each explaining an aspect of the safety procedures necessary for leading a horse.
The following lesson is the first of three lessons studying the seasons and farms through landscape drawing, painting, and writing. In the first pre-visit activity the students will examine Grant Wood's lithographs and painting landscapes. Our observations of Wood's artwork will prepare us for our trip to a local landscape (farm) to sketch our own seasonal landscapes. We will visit and sketch the farm four times, once during each season.
- Arts and Humanities
- Material Type:
- Lesson Plan
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
- Provider Set:
- LEARN NC Lesson Plans
- Jamie Barnhill
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This challenge is designed to encourage students to plan how best to utilize their given land resources in order to maximize efficiency and profit in production over a multi-year period.
Students learn about wind as a source of renewable energy and explore the advantages and disadvantages wind turbines and wind farms. They also learn about the effectiveness of wind turbines in varying weather conditions and how engineers work to create wind power that is cheaper, more reliable and safer for wildlife.
For students to gain a better understanding of a turkey, the turkey farmer, and the life cycle of a turkey, while strengthening language arts and sequencing skills.
This site examines the farm acquired by painter Alden Weir (1852-1919), where he summered for nearly 40 years (northeast of New City). At a time railroads were expanding, populations were increasing, and America's agrarian system was being replaced by industry, Weir was an artist who found inspiration in the quiet everyday settings of New England, and, in many ways, defined our vision of the American landscape.