Minnesota Digital Curriculum Catalog

The Minnesota Digital Curriculum Referral Catalog (MDCRC), is a searchable index of digital OER for instructional purposes that are freely available and have the potential for alignment to Minnesota Academic Standards. MN teachers, staff, and subject matters members may contribute and rate the digital content. As the collection grows subject matter experts and peer review teams will use OER Commons tools and processes to assess the quality and alignment to standards of the digital content submitted to the catalog.
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Career & Technical: Agriculture

Great Lakes Eco-Region

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The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation, and the planet." This an essential principle for Great Lakes literacy. The Great Lakes Literacy Principles and Fundamental Concepts provide a framework for educators teaching about the Great Lakes, helping teachers and students think, teach and learn of the Great Lakes as a system, rather than a set of unrelated parts. Thinking systemically can provide for a greater understanding and can help provide solutions to the issues threatening the region.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Lecture, Simulation

Author: NOAA

Agricultural Business Model

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Students will learn about agricultural business operation and management. Topics will include accounting, finance, economics, business organization, marketing, and sales. Students will learn about agricultural business operation and management. Topics will include accounting, finance, economics, business organization, marketing, and sales.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Agriscience / Intro to Agriculture

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The Agriscience/Intro to Agriculture course helps students acquire a broad understanding of a variety of agricultural areas, develop an awareness of the many career opportunities in agriculture, participate in occupationally relevant experiences, and work cooperatively with a group to develop and expand leadership abilities. Students study California agriculture, agricultural business, agricultural technologies, natural resources, and animal, plant, and soil sciences.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Forestry and Natural Resources Model

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The Forestry and Natural Resources Course helps students understand the relationships between California's natural resources and the environment. Topics include energy and nutrient cycles, water resources and management, soil conservation, wildlife preservation and management, forest and fire management, lumber production, the outdoor recreation industry and multiple-use management.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Intro to Agricultural Mechanics Model

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Intro to Ag Mechanics prepares students for careers related to the construction, operation, and maintenance of equipment used by the agriculture industry. Topics will include safety, woodworking, electrical systems, plumbing, cold metal work, concrete, and welding technology.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Plant and Soil Science Model

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Plant and Soil Science covers topics such as plant classification, physiology, reproduction, plant breeding, biotechnology, and pathology. Students will learn about soil management, water, pests, and equipment as well as cultural and harvest practices.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan

Fisheries (Lab 6): And On His Farm He Had Some Fish

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Aquaculture is the most rapidly growing food-production industry in the world. In Part A of this investigation, students examine and analyze U.S. and global aquaculture data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture database. In Part B, students examine global trends in aquaculture production and learn about aquaculture methods and their associated environmental impacts. In Part C, students use ImageJ to analyze before and after satellite images of the Pacific coast of Honduras to illustrate how aquaculture is altering coastlines.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Data Set, Diagram/Illustration

CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Dairy Barn

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Greenhouse Management

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Grain Storage Capacity

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Corn & Oats

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

The Global Agriculture & Cultural Appreciation Project

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GoPro Challenge submission: In an extension of the Illinois Pathways Initiative, Williamsfield Schools recently formed a partnership with the government of Liberia to collaboratively produce “international agricultural curriculum units”. A delegation from Illinois (accompanied by Williamsfield Schools faculty member Mr. Kent Rigg) is currently wrapping up a logistical site visit to Liberia in preparation for program launch. Equipment secured through The Global Agriculture & Cultural Appreciation Project, as well as the utilization of Open Author & OERCommons, will give students and staff in rural Illinois and Africa access to the best tools in the industry to collaboratively curate and openly share quality learning resources.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Tim Farquer

Biotechnology Research and Development Model

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Biotechnology is a large scientific field that uses research tools from chemistry and biology to study or solve problems, including human disease. Biotechnologies may be used to study the genetic material of viruses and bacteria to determine whether a disease is caused by particular disease-producing agents. Its techniques are also used to understand how genetic factors contribute to human disease. The information gathered in research can be used to develop diagnostic tests that enable speedy detection and identification of a disease so that an appropriate treatment can be developed. It can also help doctors screen their patients' genomes (all of an organism's genes) for existing diseases or a predisposition for diseases such as cancer.The standards for the Biotechnology Research and Development Pathway and related courses apply to occupations and functions in biotechnology research and development that apply primarily to human health. The standards specify the knowledge and skills common to occupations in this pathway. Students participating in a strong, industy-driven Biotechnology program can expect to conduct research using bioinformatics theory and methods in areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical technology, biotechnology, computational biology, proteomics, computer information science, biology and medical informatics. Additionally, students may use extended technologies to design databases and develop algorithms for processing and analyzing genomic information, or other biological information pertinent to this field.

Material Type: Full Course, Lesson Plan