All resources in Nebraska Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Demystifying Punnett Squares with ConnectedBio

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The goal of this activity is to demystify the science behind Punnett Squares and explore data and statistical representations in genetics and heredity. Begin by breeding two parent mice and observe the ratios in the pie chart as more offspring are bred in each litter. Compare the ratios between different pairs of parents and identify how they are different or similar. Finally, use the simulation controls to show gametes and reveal how each offspring obtained its genotype from its parents.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Concord Consortium

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

Biosecurity Planning

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Biosecurity is an essential part of maintaining a herd's health as well as the profitability of the operation. This site provides easy to use and comprehensive resources for assessing the current biosecurity protections in an operation, an example of a biosecurity plan, a template for creating a biosecurity plan, and information on communicating to stakeholders about a crisis.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment, Reading

Author: Healthy Farms Healthy Agriculture

Rabies: Create a Community Action Plan

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This activity is a web-based inquiry on how to control the spread of rabies in a community. Students are given a hypothetical situation in which rabies has been found in their home community.  Interaction between the people, pets, wildlife, and livestock in the area is emphasized. An informative lesson on rabies is included.  Students are asked to use different resources to research and develop an action plan to stop the spread of rabies in their community.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Ruminant Digestive System

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This lecture with slides introduces the functions of ruminant animals, parts and processes of the ruminant digestive system, and details the first two components of the digestive system of ruminant animals. Created by: Arelene Barrett, Dennis Bratton, Mariah Gumphry, Haley Vrazel

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Owl Nest Manager

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

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Animals

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This lesson includes lectures about meeting the nutritional needs of animals to maintain animal performance, analyze feedstuffs for quality, and determine whether or not a feed ration fulfills a given animal’s nutrient requirements. From New Mexico Animal, Plant, and Soil Science Lesson Plan Library. 

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

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Exploring the Exotic Breeds Industry

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This lesson includes lectures discussing raising animals like llama, bison, alpaca, ratites, and an activity researching and planning a profitable business in the exotic breeds industry.  Resource originally from New Mexico Animal, Plant, and Soil Science Lesson Plan Library.

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

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Animals

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This lesson plan explores the difference between good and poor quality feedstuffs by learning the functions of feed, identifying feed types and characteristics, and identifying how animals are fed. Lesson plan from the New Mexico Animal, Plant, and Soil Science Lesson Plan Library.

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

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

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, Deanna Mayers, Tracy Rains

Bug Biodiversity Lab: Sampling Ground Invertebrates

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Students will utilize previously gained knowledge about the impact of land management practices on ecosystems to design, conduct and analyze an experiment to measure biodiversity and/or invertebrate ecosystem role in a field community. They will identify ecosystems that have been heavily and lightly impacted by human activities and make predictions about biodiversity in the area. They will then test and analyze the information gathered and apply what this means about the biodiversity in these ecosystems and the implications this may have on the region.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Homework/Assignment

Author: rachel balcom

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

Silviculture Practices at ForestryImages.Org

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Show students what forestry and woodland management looks like with this collection of images providing extensive visual examples of regeneration practices, nursery operations, intermediate treatments, and forest products.

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Authors: Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, International Society of Arboriculture, The University of Georgia - Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, USDA Identification Technology Program, US Forest Service