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National Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix


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Lesson Plans (4)

Algaculture and Biofuel

Students will use the scientific method to learn about the growth properties of algae and how algae production may be a possible solution to address the global energy crisis. Students will utilize the engineering design process to apply their knowledge about algae growth to create a bioreactor for algae production and discover if biofuel can be made from algae.

Farming for Energy

Students identify renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and investigate how farms can produce renewable energy.

Fueling Up for a Career in Biofuel

Students will recognize the importance of fuel energy and the fact that agriculture can produce biofuel; students will identify career opportunities in the biofuel industry.

Grow it Now, Drive it Later?
Students will discover potential careers in agriculture with a focus on the growing field of biofuel development.

Companion Resources (3)

Activity
Lab Investigation: Biodiesel
In this laboratory students will determine the amount of energy released from biodiesel compared to other energy sources.
Map/Infographic
Corn and Soybean Processing and Utilization Poster
Corn and soybeans have hundreds of uses. These reproducible posters depict how corn and soybeans are fractionated and converted into food ingredients, biofuels, and biobased products.
Booklet/Reader
Ag Today
Agriculture is everywhere! From the time we wake up in the morning until we end our day at night, we have encountered agriculture through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the fuel we use for transportation. Ag Today is a great reading supplement for upper elementary students to learn about agriculture. The six issues correlate with the themes of the National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes and can be integrated into science, social studies, and language arts curriculum. Each reader provides real-world connections to STEM and makes learning relevant for students in becoming agriculturally literate.