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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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I-pad Books from Ag in the Classroom

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.

Cool Earthy Careers

Published: 
01/2017
Topic: 
Natural Resources
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Wonderful Water

Published: 
02/2017
Topic: 
Water
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This reader reminds students about the importance of water. It reviews the three states of water found on Earth. It explores groundwater with the students: where it is found, that it is part of the watercycle, it maybe thousands of years old and how it gets into the ground. An illustration shows an aquifer with groundwater. This reader also focuses on ways to conserve water. A map activity students learn what counties use more groundwater.

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Colorado Cattle Country

Published: 
03/2017
Topic: 
Caring for Land & Animals
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Pigs, Hog, Swine

Published: 
04/2017
Topic: 
Caring for Land & Animals

This issue introduces the students to swine. For over 10,000 years this has been and remains an important domesticated animal. Students learn various swine terminology. They will also learn the life cycle of a market pig and how pig farmer care for their animals. All of their efforts are to produce a high-quality protein rich food called pork. The hogs also provide us more than meat, they provide the raw materials to make many of the items we use every day. This reader also discusses antibiotics and their use with livestock.

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Evaluation of Interactive Cattle in Colorado History

Please take a few minutes to evaluate the Interactive Cattle in Colorado Hisory, your comments will help us improve it.

We would like to know how much time your students took to work through the publication, so please keep track of how long it takes them.

Thank you for your help.

Bette

Amazing Maize

Published: 
01/2017
Topic: 
Agriculture
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Amazing Maize Colorado Reader is all about corn. It discusses the types of corn grown in Colorado. It describes the parts of a kernel and the corn plant. It illustrates how corn farmers have become more efficient at raising corn in ways that protect land and water resources. It discusses biofuels and how corn is used to make ethanol. Corn is found in over 3,000 items in the grocery store. It is also an important product used in the manufacture of may items.

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Be Safe Around Electricity

Published: 
10/2016
Topic: 
Energy

We take for granted the electricity that we use every day. This reader shares with students ways to be safe around electricity. It also shares with them the path of electricity from the power plants to their homes. It introduces to them some of the safety equipment a lineworker would use. It also reinforces ways to be safe in a storm.

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Rangelands

Published: 
09/2016
Topic: 
Agriculture

Rangelands are natural landscapes dominated by native grasses, forbs and shurbs. Rangelands are important world wide. Students will learn about rangeland ecosystems and the animals that live on them in Colorado. They will learn why these areas are important. They will learn about the different types of rangelands found in Colorado. They will also explore some of the challenges in managing rangelands, especially those found on federal lands. They will be introduced to concept of conservation and conservation districts.

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