Videos and More for the Classroom
Visit learn.genetics.utah.edu/ to see great learning modules and classroom activities, ranging from DNA sequencing, genetic mapping, cloning and even stem cell research. Animated videos teach it all from the basic structure to protein synthesis. There is even a fictional court case where DNA is used in a trial of suspected looters of an archeological site.
Prediction Market Contest for the Classroom
FarmetricsSM, the first prediction market tailored for U.S. agriculture, introduced the FarmetricsSM Prediction Market Educational Program and a new website for agricultural education teachers and students. At https://www.farmetrics.com/Scholar, classroom participants submit predictions for yield, acres planted and acres harvested for crops like corn and soybeans. Schools then determine in which of these weekly contests their classes will participate. Class performance is measured against that of other classes around the country by the accuracy of predictions, as determined by official U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. The schools with winning classes earn reward points that can be redeemed for award cards to be used by the school in purchasing necessary goods and services.
Designing and Creating Earth Science Lessons with Google Earth
If you're teaching to earth science standards, introducing students to geospatial concepts or touching on topography in environmental science units, then take a tour of this manual. Created to enable teachers to utilize the amazing tools found on the Google Earth site, this manual shows you at least three unique ways that Google Earth can be used in a classroom setting: 1.) A demonstration tool that allows students to “fly” from one location to the next (with a brief pause at each stop) and view locations that have been identified by the instructor as “geologically important;” 2.) Use it as a supplement to previously-established lab activity; And 3.) Use it as a stand-alone, technology-driven activity with questions embedded directly into the place marks that allow students to take a “virtual fieldtrip” from one location to the next. Visit http://www.stevekluge.com/projects/dlesege/dlesegemanual/manual.html to learn more.
Free Classroom DVDs from ABC Networks
Professionally-developed programs from ABC networks are available from the “Stossel in the Classroom” DVD series. Topics such as foreign aid, price gouging, oil supplies, vaccine fears, ethanol fuel, food donations and medial scares are all examples of DVDs available on the 2007 and 2008 series. The best part? They're FREE! Order yours at http://stosselintheclassroom.org/index.html. Downloadable teacher and student guides are also available on the website.
Urban Agriculture News Clipping Service
How does a news clipping service that covers all the topics of agriculture as they relate to your unique urban setting sound? If you said, “Great!” then this website is for you. Find out what is happening worldwide in urban agriculture. This informative site offers the latest news in agricultural technology, community development, garden design, landscape planning, organic agriculture and many more. It's also a good resource to show your rural students the diverse agriculture in our cities and to drive home the opportunities available in agriculture to our urban students. Visit http://www.urbanagriculture-news.com/current.php to learn more.
Learn More about Biological Sciences in Scientific American
If you are looking for more connections between agriculture and the biological sciences, check out the biological sciences section (http://www.sciam.com/biology) of the Scientific American journal. Each issue features cutting-edge articles about what's new in the biological sciences field. Check out the genetic engineering page listed in the Biology Topics section. There is also a great science podcast that you might want to consider viewing as well, called 60 Second Science. Scientific American is a long-standing, well-respected journal of science. Make sure your agriscience students are familiar with the publication and its valuable contents.
Brainteasers, Puzzles, and Riddles
Check out http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/braint.htm if you're looking for some brain exercise! This family-friendly site of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides a variety of puzzles and problems to challenge your thought processes. Scientists are charged with solving puzzles every day by using research and trial and error to discover solutions from the clues they are given. Just like with brainteasers and riddles, the answers to science mysteries are not always easy to see at first. With time and effort, they eventually become clear.
“Explore More” with Iowa Public Television Learning Materials
What are the biggest threats to water quality in your area?
Can we protect our natural areas and still use them?
How can we meet our energy needs in the future?
How should we use genetic engineering?
These four questions are links to great sites that explore energy, water, land use and genetic engineering topics. Created by Iowa Public Television, the “Explore More” website offers students an in-depth study of the current issues, videos of key players giving their viewpoint on the issue, as well as teacher resources, additional web links and even information on career opportunities. View the site at www.iptv.org/exploremore.