All resources in Nebraska Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Exploring the Swine Industry

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This lesson explores the swine industry:  locating major physical characteristics, describing common breeds, selection of superior animals, and contrasting production systems and marketing methods of swine and hogs.  Adapted from New Mexico Animal, Plant, and Science Lesson Plan Library.

Material Type: Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Biotechnology

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What does a technology look like that will change the world? Biotechnology has the power to alter all of our lives. The ability to manipulate genes in ways that benefit people is a powerful technology.  In this lesson we will explore various benefits and applications of biotechnology.  You will analyze different perspectives in the race to create biotechnology.  From there you will decide how you feel about “playing with genes” and how that will impact your life.StandardsBio.B.3.2.4  Students will apply scientific thinking, processes, tools, and technologies in the study of genetics.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Authors: Bonnie Waltz, Tracy Rains, Deanna Mayers

Animal Welfare vs Animal Rights Debate

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 Animal Welfare vs Animal Rights Debate Grade Level: 9th-12thSubject: Animal ScienceDuration: 5 daysDOK Level:  4SAMR Level: Substitution Indiana Standard: AS-7.4 Explain the implications of animal welfare and animal rightsObjective: Given a debated livestock issue related to animal welfare, students will be able to understand both sides of the issue, and effectively persuade others in making a decision about the issue.Procedure: Have the students compare and contrast the terms “animal welfare” and “animal rights”.Have a class discussion on the impact of the differencesGroup the class into partnersHave them research and make a list of five animal right issues related to the agricultural industryHave a class discussion on the topics researched. As a class narrow down the list.Have each pair pull a topic and side out of a hat.Explain the Debate Project expectations and grading rubric.Allow class time for research.Have the students submit a list of statements and supporting facts after day 2.Have the students submit a rough draft of their opening and closing statements after day 3. Debates will be done on day 5Product or Assessment: Students will be graded on their submitted facts and rough draft. The rubric will be used to grade the debate on the given day.Credits: Renee Wangler, Agriscience Instructor - Newaygo County Career-Tech Center 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Macon Beck

Dysfunctions of a Team

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Overview:  This lesson is an exploration of dysfunctional team dynamics, and healthy traits of teams who overcome those negative influences.  Over five standard class periods, students will review dysfunctions of a team, watch 45 minutes of the movie Miracle, review healthy functions of a team, watch the remainder of the movie, answer discussion questions, and write a summative essay. By Patrick Lencioni

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

Author: Owl Nest Manager

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Soil Types and Texture

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This Lesson will examine the definition of Soil using written and video references.  The lesson will also demonstrate how to identify different soil types by examining the texture of different soil samples.  The lab portion will allow students to collect, evaluate and determine soil texture and type using the hands-on ribbon method.  The lesson is meant to be conducted over a period of two to three days depending on class period length.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kristin Rut

Air Quality InQuiry (AQ-IQ)

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Students engage in hands-on, true-to-life research experiences on air quality topics chosen for personal interest through a unit composed of one lesson and five associated activities. Using a project-based learning approach suitable for secondary science classrooms and low-cost air quality monitors, students gain the background and skills needed to conduct their own air quality research projects. The curriculum provides: 1) an introduction to air quality science, 2) data collection practice, 3) data analysis practice, 4) help planning and conducting a research project and 5) guidance in interpreting data and presenting research in professional poster format. The comprehensive curriculum requires no pre-requisite knowledge of air quality science or engineering. This curriculum takes advantage of low-cost, next-generation, open-source air quality monitors called Pods. These monitors were developed in a mechanical engineering lab at the University of Colorado Boulder and are used for academic research as well as education and outreach. The monitors are made available for use with this curriculum through AQ-IQ Kits that may be rented from the university by teachers. Alternatively, nearly the entire unit, including the student-directed projects, could also be completed without an air quality monitor. For example, students can design research projects that utilize existing air quality data instead of collecting their own, which is highly feasible since much data is publically available. In addition, other low-cost monitors could be used instead of the Pods. Also, the curriculum is intentionally flexible, so that the lesson and its activities can be used individually. See the Other section for details about the Pods and ideas for alternative equipment, usage without air quality monitors, and adjustments to individually teach the lesson and activities.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Authors: Ashley Collier, Ben Graves, Daniel Knight, Drew Meyers, Eric Ambos, Eric Lee, Erik Hotaling, Evan Coffey, Hanadi Adel Salamah, Joanna Gordon, Katya Hafich, Michael Hannigan, Nicholas VanderKolk, Olivia Cecil, Victoria Danner

Land Judging Unit

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This series of lessons includes lectures and activities to demonstrate judging the condition of soil for a given area of land, the qualities of that soil, and identifying management actions to correct the condition if needed. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Getting to Know Yourself - Values (Grades 7-12)

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This lesson plan was created by Jennifer Pritchett as part of the 2020 Nebraska CTE-Beginning Teachers Institute. The attached lesson plan is designed for students in grades 7-12 as a introduction to a service learning project.  This lesson plan can also be used in classes such as Sociology, Introduction to Education, Ethics, Leadership, etc. Students will learn the meanings of values and rank their top 5 values in a hands on or virtual format.  The culminating project is collaboration on a Google Slides presentation with the rest of the class.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Jennifer Pritchett

Project and Event Planning Worksheet

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This editable project and event planning worksheet asks questions clarifying purpose and intent, associated tasks, and responsible parties to create a successful outcome. This tool was developed for Nebraska FFA by Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Career Education in collaboration with SkillsUSA, developer of The POWERR formula learning resource.Cover photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Owl Nest Manager

MPower: A Guide to FFA Chapter Leadership

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This is a resource guide for the FFA chapter advisor that wants to help their officers grow in their leadership ability, make their FFA chapter student led and student run, have a competent, capable chapter officer team every year, and be the Advisor of the chapter and not the person responsible for every aspect of the chapter's operation.  Mpower is made possible through the generous support of  Bayer CropScience as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Owl Nest Manager