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Why Teach Students About Agriculture?

With low-cost food supplies and urban bias, is it any wonder that affluent consumers don't understand the food supply each year in its entirety, and expanding it further for the nearly 80 million mouths that are born into this world each year? — The late Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1970), wheat breeder and former professor, Texas A&M University, in a 2001 speech at Tuskegee University.

Volunteers needed to read to classrooms in 2016

The Colorado Literacy Project will take place during March through May this year. The Colorado Literacy Project provides an opportunity for farmers and ranchers to read to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. You will be provided with the book and resource materials to present a lesson on agriculture to the students. Feel free to bring pictures and talk about your own operation.

Colorado Literacy Project 2016

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The Colorado Literacy Project will take place from April through May this year. The Colorado Literacy Project provides an opportunity for students to meet farmers and ranchers as they read to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. This year each student will get to take home one of the publications.

We need one person from the school to be the contact to coordinate with the teachers in the school and the farmers and ranchers.

Two books will be available to use. The first is If You Love Honey. It takes readers on a beautifully illustrated adventure through the intertwining natural world around us. It highlights the work of our bees, linking golden honey on bread to the earthworms crawling underground, and everything in-between. This books is appropriate for K-3 grades.

A second book is Cattle in Colorado History. Students will learn about the history of Colorado's cattle industry. It explores the cattle trails, the equipment used by ranchers and the products we get from cattle. This book is appropriate for fourth and fifth grades.

Behind the Switch

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10/2015
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Energy

This reader introduces students to how the power that is behind every light switch reaches that switch. It introduces students to the fact that electricity is a part of nature and humans have learned to control it to provide power. Students learn about some of the inventors that helped us control the electrons and the electrial terms they helped to name. In the reader is an illustration on how electricity reaches your light switch. Also included are some guidelines to being safe around electricity.

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Growing Technology

Published: 
09/2015
Topic: 
Agriculture

Technology on the farm is used to improve the quantity and quality of the food produced and to improve how crops are grown. This reader introduces how humans have changed crops and livestock by selective breeding and other technologies. It introduces students to Normon Borlaug and how his research saved billions of lives. It also introduces the topic of GMOs, drones and GPS. We will soon have driverless cars, but farmers have been using driverless tractors for years.

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Oil and Gas in Colorado

Published: 
04/2015
Topic: 
Natural Resources

Oil and gas drilling began in Colorado in the 1860s. This reader explains where oil and gas comes from, how it is extracted and how we use it. Each person in Colorado uses about 280,000,000 BTUs each year. This reader shows where gas and oil is found in Colorado and provides a brief histoy of the development of these natural resources. 

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Understanding Water

The Understanding Water Activity Book has a new look.

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