Enduring Understandings

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What are 21st Century Skills? How you learn might be more important thanwhat you learn.
How do our food choices influence the world? Is there a food crisis?

Generative Topics

The world could sustain more people if we all ate a lower trophic level
Analyze the Courtyard Soil: what should be planted? Why?
How does a meat-based diet add to global warming?
Do you have a right to know what's in your food?
Farm to Table - do you know where your food really comes from?

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Students Will Know
Students Will Be Able To...
Soil characteristics
The Pros & Cons of GMOs
Pros & Cons of pesticides
Calculate how much land space their diet requires
Analyze the environmental impact of a meat-based diet over a vegetarian diet
Determine the best soil for growth
Decide the best course of action of pest treatment
Fairly assess themselves and their peers

Reflection

Popcorn Race - How does this relate to the Laws of Thermodynamics
Essay - The Humane League: what are your thoughts on factory farming?
Wiki Posting - How Low Can You Go? (on the trophic pyramid)
What 21st Century Skills do you have? What is your problem-solving process?
Resources

Due Date
Notes
STUDY GUIDE soil and nutrients.doc
STUDY GUIDE soil and nutrients.doc
STUDY GUIDE soil and nutrients.doc

SG_pesticides.doc
SG_pesticides.doc
SG_pesticides.doc

Agricultural Science.ppt
Agricultural Science.ppt
Agricultural Science.ppt

soil.ppt
soil.ppt
soil.ppt

Pesticides_2012.ppt
Pesticides_2012.ppt
Pesticides_2012.ppt
10/1


10/14
Vocab
Food chainFood web
Trophic level
Producer
Consumer
Herbivore
Omnivore
Carnivore
Decomposer
opt 9/22
Readings
Farmer in Chief (Pollan)
Introduction to GMO (Pickrell)

Activities
Self-designed experiment
Soil Analysis
PBL:
Pesticide Conference
GMO Elevator Pitch
Technologies and Techniques Wikis

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Links

http://www.weedtowonder.org/
150 day time lapse of growth - can you analyze our courtyard this way?
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-food-calorie-counter
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071008130203.htm
Susan Spinella-Sacks: our sheep owner!
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-food-calorie-counter
Counter for calorie worksheet
http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml
GMO info
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkTJqaqT8E4&p=377D14A8403ACFFE&playnext=1&index=35
Who is Monsanto? You should know. Check out this documentary.
http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/search.asp
Search any PA county by environmental issue
http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
check the world's population today- it'll be different everyday!
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/alex_steffen_sees_a_sustainable_future.html
TED talk: What will you learn? What will you do?
http://blog.ted.com/2010/03/17/qa_with_chef_da/
Can fish feed the world? A foremost expert on the subject thinks it's a sustainable option. Read more...

http://articles.cnn.com/2010-05-17/health/pesticides.adhd_1_pesticide-exposure-organophosphates-fruits-and-vegetables?_s=PM:HEALTH
Interesting. Pesticides are linked to ADHD? What does this mean for your generation?
http://www.beyonddiscovery.org/includes/DBFile.asp?ID=1060
Understanding biological pesticides