All resources in State of Innovation Challenge

PEI SOLS HS: Regenerative Agriculture

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Students will be learning about the practices of regenerative agriculture and how regenerative agriculture is a solution to climate change. Embedded in the storyline are scientific concepts relating to carbon cycling and soil microbial activity. The storyline culminates with students creating an infographic that is intended for educating the community about regenerative agricultural practices. 

Material Type: Unit of Study

Authors: Hattie Osborne, Pacific Education Institute

PEI SOLS HS: Food Waste

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Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas. Wasted food and the resources to produce that food are responsible for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this storyline, students learn about the resources required to produce food through following the carbon cycle and discover how food waste contributes to climate change. They will also learn the farm to table transport chain as well as how to conduct a food waste assessment. Finally, the students will research solutions to the problem of food waste and, as a final project, present one solution that they have thoroughly researched that can be applicable to their community. For CTE teachers, this storyline provides the basic knowledge needed to develop a deep understanding of WHY reducing food waste is an important solution to climate change. There are several potential extensions that Family Consumer Science teachers can utilize as well as Ag teachers and even Business teachers. There is a partial list at the end of the learning progressions. 

Material Type: Unit of Study

Authors: Hattie Osborne, Pacific Education Institute

Example Lesson: Using Agricultural Data to Design Healthy, Local Cafeteria Menus

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Example lesson plan for Case 1 "The Food Chain,"  created by Tom Wolverton, Science Teacher at Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Vancouver School District. This lesson has students research Washington State's agricultural crops and commodities and then use the State Department of Health's nutrition guidelines for cafeterias to create a healthy, locally sourced, environmentally sustainable cafeteria menu

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Reed

PEI SOLS MS Food Waste

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Food waste is a major contributor to greenhouse gas. Wasted food and the resources to produce that food are responsible for approximately 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this storyline, students learn about the resources required to produce food through following the carbon cycle and discover how food waste contributes to climate change. They will also learn the farm to table transport chain as well as how to conduct a food waste audit. Finally, the students will research solutions to the problem of food waste that can be applicable to their own lives, their school, and their community. 

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Pacific Education Institute

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Virtual Farm Tour and Lesson Plan with Dairy Farmers of Washington

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Learn what it takes to get milk from the farm to your table on real Washington dairy farms. It takes serious dedication to keep cows healthy and comfortable while preserving the planet—see everything that goes into producing dairy in Washington’s own backyard with this interactive lesson plan by the Washington Dairy Council for grades 6-8. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson, Lesson Plan

Authors: Barbara Soots, Julia Reed

Example Lesson: Infographics and COVID-19 Data

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Example lesson for Case 2 "Responding to COVID-19" from Dr. Erin Lark, science teacher at Vancouver iTech Preparatory in the Vancouver School District.  This middle school science lesson introduces students to infographics and how they are used to convey public health information, and has students create their own infographic based on COVID-19 data and/or their State of Innovation Challenge project topic. 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Reed

Instructional Guide: Our Communities after COVID-19

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This guide is intended to support you in adapting the State of Innovation’s “Our Communities after COVID-19” Challenge case into a lesson plan to implement with your students. It includes background information on the case, problem solving questions for students to work on, and suggested activities to use with your students. It also explains how you can get support during the Challenge, including helping your students connect with industry leaders throughout the Challenge.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Julia Reed

Example Lesson Plan: Creating a Question of Study

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Example of an introductory lesson for Case 3 "Our Communities after COVID-19,"  created by Claire Bruncke, CTE Teacher at Ilwaco High School, Ocean Beach School District. This lesson would be used as a starting point for a larger State of Innovation project or could be used as a stand-alone project to help students practice research skills and developing solution-based questions.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Reed

Example Lesson: Leadership and Team Development in a post-COVID-19 world

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Example of an introductory lesson for Case 3 "Our Communities after COVID-19,"  created by Claire Bruncke, CTE Teacher at Ilwaco High School, Ocean Beach School District. This lesson is uses the Challenge to help students learn about Tuckman's model of team development, and encourages them to create innovative solutions for team development in a post-COVID-19 world

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Reed

Example Lesson: Creating Design Objectives with Students

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Example lesson for Case 2 "Responding to COVID-19" from Dr. Erin Lark, science teacher at Vancouver iTech Preparatory in the Vancouver School District.  This high school science lesson guides students through developing design objectives for their State of Innovation Challenge case project -- how will they balance information they want and information they need to have?  What are examples of design objectives used in different sectors.  

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Julia Reed