Published Lessons

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PLANT TRANSPIRATION AND THE WATER CYCLE “TRANSPIRING TREES”

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Students will investigate the water cycle and how water flows through ecosystems. Students will use statistical analysis and mathematical reasoning to develop models that can determine the factors that contribute to a tree’s influence on matter and energy cycles within an ecosystem. Students will apply this knowledge to real life data sets to make predictions about how drought conditions may affect trees and the cycles they influence.

Acknowledgement: This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIA-1301789.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

SOIL HEALTH – “HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?”

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Students will explore soil chemistry, vegetable growth needs, environmental impact, and soil health through project based learning by creating a school garden proposal.

Acknowledgement:
Funding provided by USDA to Project No. 2012-02355 through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Regional Approaches for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Variability and Change.

Southern Great Plains

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Acknowledgement:
Funding provided by USDA to Project No. 2012-02355 through the National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Regional Approaches for Adaptation to and Mitigation of Climate Variability and Change.
This lesson is intended to give students an understanding of how the relationship between agricultural practice and climate variability is cyclic. Humans can impact the climate in a positive way through sustainable practices. It is suggested to complete this lesson fully in order to help students appreciate the positive roles of agricultural practice and human impact on climate variability. This lesson is not intended to give students’ concrete concepts/ideas or even cause/effect relationships but rather encourage them to think about existing data on climate and greenhouse gases, current agricultural practices, and the relationships these have with each other and how this may impact student lives.

By the end of this lesson students will be able to discuss the relationship between agriculture and climatology. They will use data to determine drought status of the Southern Great Plains and they will investigate how various greenhouse gases impact temperature by analyzing and graphing data collected through a simulation activity. Students apply knowledge from the lesson to make mitigation decisions for 400 acres of land located in the Southern Great Plains.

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