• Exploratory Agriculture 8th Grade

    Course Description:

    Introductory agriculture course that will give instruction on introductions to Agriculture, Conservation, Hunters Education, Natural Resources, Food Science, Wood Working, Animal Science and Plant Science.

     

    Class Expectations:

    Learning to do: Students are expected to participate in all classroom activities

    Doing to Learn: Students are required to be prepared for all classroom activities. This is not limited to a pencil or paper

    Earning to live: In this classroom, everything is earned. This includes grades, privileges, and respect.

    Living to serve: Students are expected to respect their fellow classmates and display the characteristics of a leader

     

    The biggest thing it to be involved. Make sure that you are not cheating yourself out of fun; participate in FFA activities.

    Grading Scale:

    95%-100%

    A

    90%-94%

    A-

    87%-89%

    B+

    84%-86%

    B

    80%-83%

    B-

    77%-79%

    C+

    74%-77%

    C

    70%-73%

    C-

    67%-69%

    D+

    64%-66%

    D

    60%-63%

    D-

    59% or Below

    F

     

     

     

    Other Activities:

    • Bell Work
    • Maintain Notebooks

    Grading:

    There will be a series of worksheets, quizzes, activities, and test that accompanies each unit. All work needs to be turned in on time. Work not turned in at the assigned time will be graded according to the school’s late work policy. Any plagiarism or cheating will result in a zero on the assignment, all work is expected to be your own.

    Computers:

    Each student will be assigned a computer with a number. It is your responsibility to report any problems with your computer. When we are using computers no food or drinks will be allowed. At the end of class, all computers must be put back into the proper slot and plugged in. When using computers, you are not allowed to play games or be on social media. If you are caught your rights to the computers will be revoked. If you inflict willful damage upon the computers you will be sent to the office and responsible for any cost associated with the damage.

     

    Agricultural Education Laboratory/Shop Procedures:

    1. All students enrolled in Exploratory Agriculture, Agricultural Science I, Agricultural Science II, and Agricultural Construction are responsible for these pieces of equipment in which they are issued by the agriculture teacher. These pieces of equipment include safety glasses and welding gloves.
    1. All students must pass safety test before working in the shop
    2. Any student with hair length below the collar will be required to wear a hair net, rubber bands, pony tail holder, etc. to avoid catching it in the shop equipment.
    3. Any student caught stealing, destroying or tampering with the shop equipment or other student's projects will be removed from the class and charged for damages.
    4. Safety is the first concern in shop. Any student that becomes a safety hazard will be removed immediately.
    5. Shop projects will be graded on quality of work, ability of following directions, proper use of equipment and timeliness.
    6. All students are required to have proper protective clothing before working in the shop. It is suggested that you have and keep in the locker in shop a pair of all cotton coveralls or long sleeve cotton shirt, steel toed boots and a cap.   These items can be left in the shop lockers.
    7. Students must bring their own materials for certain projects. Student can either buy it themselves and bring it or give money to instructor and they will deliver projects to you. If materials are not brought or paid for a zero will be given for that assignment.
    8. At NO TIME are student allowed to work in shop in the absence of an instructor.
    9. Any projects other than your own or your parents must have a statement signed the owner that they will pay all expenses and not hold the school or instructors financially liable for any mistakes or damage that might occur.

     Agriculture Education Laboratory Rules

    1. Wear safety glasses.
    2. Return tools to the correct place.
    3. No horseplay.
    4. Follow safety procedures at all times.
    5. Complete all assigned tasks.
    6. Instructor=boss.

     

    I reserve any rights to alter the syllabus (i.e. due dates, course requirements, exam dates) for this class if necessary. Any changes will be fully explained to the students.


    Course Outline:

    Each grade will have a course outline of their own coving various subjects within agriculture. What each grade will cover and lesson outlines will be broken down on the next several pages.

    Each class has roughly 55 days in Exploratory Agriculture Class

    6th Grade Units

    Hunters Education- 13 Days

    Hunters Education Chapter 1 and 2

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 3

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 4

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 5

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 6

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 7

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 8

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Chapter 9

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Videos

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Study Guide

    2 Days

    Hunters Education Review

    1 Day

    Hunters Education Test

    1 Day

    Basic Agriculture Unit-5 Days

    Where Would We Be Without Agriculture

    1 Day

    Don’t Touch the Dial: Ag’s Economic Impact

    1 Day

    Agriculture Then and Now

    1 Day

    Agriculture Review

    1 Day

    Agriculture Quiz

    1 Day

    Plant Science Unit- 14 Days

    The Functions of a Plant

    1 Day

    Plants Needs

    1 Day

    Salad Investigation

    1 Day

    Exploring Plants: More Than Just Food!

    1 Day

    Reading Plant Produce Labels

    1 Day

    Fibers and Agriculture

    1 Day

    Farm to Fork: Plant Product Pathways

    1 Day

    Plants and the Environment- A Delicate Balance

    1 Day

    Responsible Agriculture: Plant and Environmental Stewardship

    1 Day

    Innovation for the Future of Agriculture

     

    Franken Foods? Genetically Modified Crops

    1 Day

    Plant Doctor- Challenges with Growing Plants

    1 Day

    Plant Science Study Guide

    1 Day

    Plant Science Review

    2 Days

    Plant Science Exam

    1 Day

    Natural Resources Review

    1 Day

    Natural Resources Exam

    1 Day

    Natural Resources- 20 Days

    Renewable VS Non-Renewable Resources

    1 Day

    Are Natural Resources That Important?

    1 Day

    Types of Air Pollution

    1 Day

    Not a Drop to Drink? Understanding the Impact of Water Has In Sustaining Life

    1 Day

    My Water has been where? Understanding the Water Cycle

    1 Day

    When Water Becomes Unusable

    1 Day

    Understanding Point Vs Non-Point Source Water Pollution

    1 Day

    The Effects of Soil Erosion on Soil Profiles

    1 Day

    The Effects of Soil Quality on Animal Life

    1 Day

    The Affects of Soil Quality on Animal Life

     

    You are barking up the Right Tree!

    1 Day

    Would You Believe it’s from a Tree?

    1 Day

    Solar, Wind, Biomass: Who will be the Next Alternative Energy Star for Agriculture?

    1 Day

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    1 Day

    Conservation Strategies

    1 Day

    Person Product Choices

    1 Day

    Reducing Negative Environmental Impact

    1 Day

    Natural Resources Study Guide

    2 Days

    Natural Resources Review

    1 Day

    Natural Resources Exam

    1 Day

     

    7th Grade Units

    Food Science- 30 Days

    Mapping My Food

    1 Day

    Tomato Travels

    1 Day

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A Transportation Tour

    1 Day

    Fact or Foe: Consumer Perceptions

    1 Day

    Safety First-Food Supply Safety

    1 Day

    Government Agency Karaoke

    1 Day

    Stop the Spread: A Look at Human and Animal Health Issues

    1 Day

    Disaster Reactor

    1 Day

    Processing Our Foods

    1 Day

    How to Avoid the Danger Zone

    1 Day

    From Farm to Fork

    1 Day

    Moooving Milk from the Farm to the Fridge

    1 Day

    Something’s Fishy about Processing

    1 Day

    Constructing the Process

    1 Day

    Let’s Supply a Little Demand for Food

    1 Day

    Food is What Makes the World Go Round

    1 Day

    It’s a Global Food Chain

    1 Day

    The Little Student Went to the Market

    1 Day

    Crunching Numbers- Food Science Style

    1 Day

    It’s All in a Label

    1 Day

    Weighing Your Options

    1 Day

    The Truth behind the Label

    1 Day

    Teamwork: The USDA’s Food Pyramid and FDA’s Nutrition Labels

    1 Day

    Trail Mix Math

    1 Day

    Food Science Study Guide

    3 Days

    Food Science Review

    2 Days

    Food Science Exam

    1 Day

    Woodworking Unit- 20 Days

    Introduction to Wood Working

    General Shop Safety Test

    1 Day

    Drill Press and Saw Safety Test

    1 Day

    Measuring Practice

    2 Day

    Picture Clipboard/Frame Measuring

    2 Days

    Picture Clipboard/Frame Assembly

    3 Days

    Picture Clipboard/Frame Painting

    2 Days

    Peg Board Measuring

    2 Day

    Peg Boards

    5 Day

    Shop Clean Up

    2 Day

     

    8th Grade Units

    Animal Science Unit- 25 Days

    What do You Call It? Livestock Terminology

    2 Day

    A Fishing Trip into the Aquaculture Industry

    1 Day

    Niche Products, What Do They Really Mean?

    1 Day

    Livestock Management Practices

    1 Day

    How are Pigs Raised? Swine production Systems

    1 Day

    How are Sheep and Goats Raised? Sheep and Goat Production Systems

    1 Day

    Where Do They Come From? The Chicken and the Egg

    1 Day

    Where’s the Beef Come From?

    1 Day

    Where your Milk Comes From, Dairy Production Systems

    1 Day

    Ice Cream Lab

    1 Day

    Specialty Animal Production Systems

    1 Day

    Species Specific Byproducts

    1 Day

    Animal Agriculture Myths

    1 Day

    Animal Agriculture Myths

    1 Day

    Who is watching out for us?

    1 Day

    Care and Handling

    1 Day

    We Are All in This Together

    1 Day

    Proceed With Caution!

    1 Day

    Animal Ethics Court

    1 Day

    Animal Science Study Guide

    2 Days

    Animal Science Review

    2 Days

    Animal Science Exam

    1 Day

    Career Unit-14 Days

    Job VS Career

    1 Day

    Animal Science Careers

    1 Day

    Biotechnology, Who Knew? Careers in Biotech

    1 Day

    Careers in Environmental Systems

    1 Day

    Who Works in Food Processing?

    1 Day

    Where Will Natural Resources Take You?

    1 Day

    Plant Systems Careers

    1 Day

    Power Structural and Technical Systems Careers

    1 Day

    Exploring Agribusiness

    1 Day

    Career Goals and Priorities

    1 Day

    Components of a Resume

    1 Day

    Career Sections Study Guide

    1 Day

    Career Sections Review

    1 Day

    Career Section Test

    1 Day

    Woodworking Unit- 17 Days

    Introduction to Wood Working

    General Shop Safety Test

    1 Day

    Drill Press and Saw Safety Test

    1 Day

    Measuring Practice

    1 Day

    Birdhouse Measuring

    1 Day

    Birdhouses

    8 Day

    Birdhouses Painting/Staining

    4 Days

    Shop Clean Up

    1 Day

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