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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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Let's Eat

Published: 
04/2014
Topic: 
Agriculture
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This reader discusses the new MyPlate guidelines for good nutrition. It discusses how to eat nutritious foods from all 5 food groups. It provides activites so students can learn to choose wisely. It also explains how to read food labels and provides activities to compare nutrient values of foods. It also discusses why it is important to get moving.

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Use of Soil in Land Reclamation

Published: 
04/2014
Topic: 
Natural Resources
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This reader discusses environmental concerns of mine and how mining reclamation can be done to minimize enviromental impacts. It shows some of the techniques used to reclaim mines so they can be used for beneficial use such as wildlife habitat, recreational areas, crop and rangeland. It illustrates soil horizons. It provides math activities involving cubic and square yards and feet. It show the different types of mining that is done in Colorado.

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Understanding Water

The Understanding Water Activity Book has a new look.

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If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.

Published: 
02/2014
Topic: 
Water
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This reader shows how important water is to life on Earth. It talks about the importance of the snow and how snow = water that we will use the rest of the year. It illustrates how water is an essential part of everyone's body. It discusses Colorado as a headwater state. It also talks about droughts and impacts of drought and fire on watersheds. It also highlights how water grows food. It wraps up with discussing the importance of keeping this vital resource clean.

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The Hen ~ "Eggs"pert Producer

Published: 
11/2013

This reader is full of information about eggs and chickens. Students will learn about the parts of an egg which should fit in with your teaching them about cells. The students will learn about the different housing systems and the various types of eggs that are produced using these systems.

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What is Hydropower

Published: 
10/2013
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This reader introduces students to energy concepts. It starts by introducing them to kinetic energy and potential energy. Then it discusses types of energy like heat, light, gravity and chemical. Then it discusses how flowing water can have energy and how we capture this energy as hydropower. It explains how a hydropower system works. It has a variety of math problems for the students to complete.

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Agriculture in our Life

Published: 
09/2013
Topic: 
Agriculture

In this reader students explore how agriculture impacts their lives every day in many ways. They learn what are the top 5 commodities and large ag producing counties in the state. They compare Colorado to other states in production of various commodities. Map activites help student to learn where crops and livestock are raised in Colorado.

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What did educators say about the 2013 Food, Fiber & More Summer Agriculture Insitutes?

Castle Rock Food, Fiber & More Summer Institute

This has been an incredible learning experience and opportunity. I will be able to use so many of the concepts within my lessons. I believe that students and the public MUST know about the importance of agriculture and the issues that they struggle with. Thank you for developing this program, accessing financial backing, sponsors, resources and field trips and experiences…Margaret Browne

 

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