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  1. CampSilos in the Classroom: What Teachers are Saying

  2. Standards
    1. History
    2. Science
    3. Technology
    4. Information Literacy
    5. Language Arts

  3. Goals and Objectives

  4. Lesson Plans
    1. Introduction

    2. Quick Facts

    3. A Day in the Life

    4. Scavenger Hunt - Pollution Solution

    5. Farm Tech Trek - How Farmers Use GPS

    6. Newsroom - Today's Farm Economy

    7. Mystery Photo

      Decision Making Wheel - Student
      Decision Making Wheel - Teacher

  5. Student Activities

  6. Ag Resources and Webliography

  7. CampSilos Feedback Form

Goals and Objectives

Goal

As the world population increases, American agriculture must meet the global needs for food and fiber now and into the future. Based upon online readings and exploration of community resources, students will understand issues related to modern American farming including preservation of the natural environment, the impact of a global economy, marketing of value-added products, demographic changes impacting the lives of farmers and the development of technologically advanced production systems.

Specific Objectives

Upon completion of the learning activities in the Farming Today and Tomorrow module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how sustainable farming helps to conserve land and water resources.
  • Identify important people who have impacted the development of agriculture in Iowa and throughout the world.
  • List Iowa's most important farm products.
  • List the diverse farm products that are opening new markets for small farmers.
  • Interview a farmer and retell the daily schedule of a farmer.
  • Describe alternate uses of corn and soybeans.
  • Explain the term "value-added" as applied to Iowa's farm products.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of corporate farms and family farms.
  • Explain why Iowa farms are becoming larger and more specialized.
  • Describe why export markets are important to the farm economy.
  • Trace the development of farming from pioneer subsistence to the use of complex modern farm technology.
  • Explain how satellites assist farmers and define how GPS and GIS systems make farming more efficient.


Student Activities

  1. Introduction
  2. Quick Facts
  3. A Day in the Life
    Farming Then and Now
    Today's Farmer - Fun Farm Facts
    Interview a Farmer in Your Community
  4. Farm Tech Trek
    What's GPS?
    How Farmers Use GPS
    View Where You Live from Space
  5. Scavenger Hunt
    Pollution Solution
    Pollution Solution WWW Resources
    Investigative Article Rubric
  6. Newsroom
    Exports and Value-Added Agriculture
    What's Happening in the Farm Economy Today
  7. Mystery Photo
    What Are These Lines?
    Why are Terraces Important?
  8. Ag Resource Library

 

 
   
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