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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.

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Colorado Readers Become Interactive

Some of our Colorado Readers are now online and interactive. They use quizzing and other activities to reinforce learning. Each has a quiz at the end with results that can be printed and given to the teacher. These interactive readers list the content standards they help to reinforce. Take them for a spin by clicking on the reader covers below. You can also sign up to recieve links to new interactive readers as they become available.

Biotechnology 101

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04/2016

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Building Blocks of Nutrition

Published: 
03/2016
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Agriculture
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Colorado's Water Plan

Published: 
02/2016
Topic: 
Water

Colorado is a popular place to live. With more and more people moving to Colorado, there is more demand for water for homes, businesses and schools. Colorado is a semi-arid state, where will this water come from? The Colorado's Water Plan helps provide a guide for future decision-making. This reader provides information on the eight basins and their water challenges. The reader summarizes what the water plan recommends. Conservation is a big part of the plan, there is a family checklist for conserving water.

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Exploring Eggs

Published: 
01/2016
Topic: 
Agriculture

This reader provides information on egg farming history, egg production, egg nutrition, egg safety, types of eggs and biosecurity used on today's egg farms. Students will learn how the egg gets from the hen to their table. They will also explore the parts of an egg. This reader includes language and math activities and review quiz.

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Wildlife & Agriculture

Published: 
11/2015
Topic: 
Caring for Land & Animals

This reader discusses the benefits of farming and ranching for wildlife. But who owns Colorado's wildlife? It is a public resource. The agency that manages Colorado's wildlife is the Colorado's Parks and Wildlife. They also care for the 42 state parks and more than 300 state wildlife areas. In this reader you will find more of the responsibilities of Colorado Parks and Wildlife and some of the career opportunities available.

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Behind the Switch

Published: 
10/2015
Topic: 
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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