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Partners in Active Learning Support

 

 

Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) is a youth mentoring program that matches caring and motivated FFA members with elementary youth.

Started with pilot sites in 1991 with a grant from the Kellogg Foundation, this program has made great strides in fostering partnerships between students in the mentor/mentee relationships, between community advisors and the students, and between the community at large and the PALS program. Research has shown that mentoring programs are very successful in helping students develop their self-esteem as they experience success for their efforts and work with an individual who cares about them.

The specific objectives of the PALS program are to improve interpersonal, human relations and leadership skills through a long-term mentoring program. While participating in this program, both the mentors and the mentees develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of learning styles and develop strategies to encourage all students. Mentors acquire leadership and planning skills as they work as a team to develop individual and groups activities.

Handbook #1: For Grades 1st and 2nd

Unit 1: Plants and Gardening

Lesson 1.1: Rain, Rain Don't Go Away...Germinate My Seeds Today! Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.2: What's the Word? SOIL! Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.3: Let's Beautify Our School: Installing a Pond Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.4: Planting a Pizza and Spaghetti Herb Garden Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.5: Why are Plants Green? Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.6: The Amazing Flower Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.7: The Amazing Potato Race! Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.8: Creating Artwork with Seeds Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.9: What's a Bulb? Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.10: The Art of Leaves Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.11: Running and Jumping Soil Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.12: How Do Plants Drink? Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.13: Creating a New Plant from Cuttings Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.14: Investigation: Propagation Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.15: Seed Detective Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.16: Garden in a Bottle Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Unit 2: Field to Fork

Lesson 1.17: Meal Match-ups Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.18: Raw Food Match-up! Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.19: Good Guide Pyramid Pizza Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.20: Vegetable Tasting Party Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.21: Make Your Own Butter Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.22: Grid Game Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.23: "A" is for Agriculture Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.24: Make Your Own Cheese Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.25: Rock-n-Roll Ice Cream Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.26: Agriculture Go Fish! Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.27: Invent Your Own Cereal Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.28: Agriculture Word Search Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Unit 3: Mathematical Applications

Lesson 1.29: Heavy or Light? Measuring Weights Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.30: Weather Tracker - What is Going on Outside? Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.31: What is That? Using a Microscope Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.32: Gear Up! Gears and How They Work Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.33: Make It Rain Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.34: Sweet Tooth: Measuring Sugar in Foods Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.35: Catching the Wind - Using a Weather Vane Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Unit 4: Environmental Science

Lesson 1.36: What Decomposes and What Doesn't? Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.37: Ants, Ants, Ants Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.38: Learning About Fish Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.39: Be A Wildlife Watcher Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.40: Bird Feeders Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.41: Freshwater Ponds Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.42: Lucky Ladybug Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Lesson 1.43: Walk in These Tracks! Online Lesson Plan (PDF)

Unit 5: Team Building Activities

Lesson 1.1: Creating an Egg-cellent Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.2: Dried Fruit Wreaths Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.3: Ivy Wreaths Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.4: Potato Prints Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.5: Secret Code Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.6: The Mirror Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.7: Potato People Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.8: Pumpkin Carving Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.9: Build a Compost Bin Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.10: Guest Speakers Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.11: Safety Fair Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.12: Agri-Venture Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.13: It's a Zoo! Creating a Petting Zoo Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.14: Safe Decisions Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.15: All About Animals Team Building Activity (PDF)

Lesson 1.16: Health Fair Team Building Activity (PDF)

Handbook #2: For Grades 3rd and 4th

Unit 1: Technologys

Lesson 2:1 Surrounded by Technology (PDF)

Lesson 2:2:Paving the Road with Technology (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:3: Technology Tool Belt (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:4: Problem + Technoloy = Progress (PDF)

 

Unit 2: Renewable Energy

Lesson 2:5 Renewable Responsibility (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:6 Benefits of Renewable Energy, Why Should We Use It? (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:7 How Much Energy is Used and How Can I Use Less? (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:8 The Story of Renewable Energy (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:9 Trash? What's the Big Deal? (PDF)

 

Unit 3: Recycling

 

Lesson 2.10: Recycling - The Who and the Where (PDF)

 

 

Lesson 2.11: Recycling Adds Up! (PDF)

 

 

Lesson 2.12: You Can Make a Difference (PDF)

 

Unit 4: Agricultural Awareness

Lesson 2:13 The Journey of Food, from Field to Fork (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:14 Did You Know - Exploring Agricultural Careers (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:15 Everbody's Bread and Butter! (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:16 Tricks of the Trade (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.17: Agriculture All Around (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:18: Cheeseburger Storybook (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:19: Agricultural Products - They're Everywhere! (PDF)

 

Unit 5: Agricultural Mechanics and Technology

Lesson 2:20 Farm Safety and Load Stability(PDF)

 

Lesson 2:21 Develop an Understanding of Structural Design and Budgeting (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:22 Create and Observe Properties of Biodegradable Plastic Made from Corn (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:23 Test and Observe Properties the Effects of a Varieity of Lubricants Used in Agriculture (PDF)

 

Lesson 2:24 Observe the Effects of Light Absorption and Reflection (PDF)

 

Unit 6: Animal Science

Lesson 2.25: All About Butterflies (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.26: Insect Observatory(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.27: Animals and Safety(PDF)

 

Lesson 2:28 Animal Feed Needs(PDF)

 

Lesson 2:29 A Horse of My Own(PDF)

 

Lesson 2:30 Handy Milking(PDF)

 

Lesson 2:31 All in the Family(PDF)

 

Unit 7: Environmental Science

Lesson 2.32: All About Butterflies (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.33: Techniques for Observing Wildlife (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.34: Understanding Weather and Severe Storms (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.35: How Do Water and Soil Move? (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.36: Creating an Underwater Observatory (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.37: Understanding Evaporation(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.38: Categorizing Flora and Fauna (PDF)

 

Unit 8: Food Science

Lesson 2.39: Searching for Vitamin C(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.40: Exploring Corn (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.41: The Reaction and Importance of Food (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.42: Water, Water Everywhere(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.43: Understanding the Importance of Protein and Calcium in Milk Lesson 2.44: Unique Cereal Boxes (PDF)

 

Lesson 2.45: Container Comparisons (PDF)

 

Unit 9: Plant Science

Lesson 2.46. Garden Grids: Using Perimeter and Area in the Garden(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.47: Nature's Air Conditioner: Transpiration(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.48: Tree Timelines(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.49: Let's Talk Tree Growth(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.50: Effects of a Changing Light Source(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.51: Develop an Awareness of Photosynthesis(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.52: Growing Potatoes(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.53: Flower Power(PDF)

 

Lesson 2.54: Preserving Leaves(PDF)

 

Handbook #3: For Grades 5th & 6th Grades

Unit 1: Food and Nutrition

Lesson 3.1: The Food Pyramid (PDF)

Lesson 3.2: Cooling Counts (PDF)

Lesson 3.3: The Food Pyramid (PDF)

Lesson 3.4: Cooling Counts(PDF)

Lesson 3.5: What are We Eating (PDF)

Lesson 3.6: Serving Size, Hydration, and Digestion (PDF)

Lesson 3.7: Is it a fruit Smoothie? (PDF)

Lesson 3.8: Tap into This (PDF)

Lesson 3.9: Advertise for Exercise! (PDF)

Unit 2: Heatlh and Fitness

Lesson 3.10: You're It. Get fit!(PDF)

Lesson 3.11: Healthy Lifestyels Mobile (PDF)

Lesson 3.12: Heart Smart! (PDF)

Lesson 3.13: Calisthenics Count (PDF)

Lesson 3.14: The Amazing Hurdle Race(PDF)

Lesson 3.15: And The Beat Goes On! (PDF)

Lesson 3.16: Better Biking for Agriculture!(PDF)

Unit 3: Making Good Choices

Lesson 3.17: Breathe Easy (PDF)

Lesson 3.18: When the Immune System is Jeopardized (PDF)

Lesson 3.19: Making Good Choices and Take a Deep Breath (PDF)

Lesson 3.20: Substance Abuse Influcences (PDF)

Lesson 3.21: Healthzee and Family Fitness (PDF)

Lesson 3.22. Experiencing Stress and Compliments (PDF)

Lesson 3.23.Compliments Complement Relationships (PDF)

Lesson 3.24: Don't Let Drugs Be Your Habits! (PDF)

Unit 4: Miscellaneous

Lesson 3.25: Hear Today, AND Tomorrow (PDF)

Lesson 3.26: Keeping It Clean (PDF)

Lesson 3.27: CELL-ebration of Bones and Organs (PDF)

Lesson 3.28: Natural Health (PDF)

Lesson 3.29: Fun In The Sun (PDF)

Lesson 3.30: In The 'kNOw-SE'(PDF)

Lesson 3.31: Testing Laboratories Presents: Taste Buds and Hot or Cold(PDF)

Lesson 3.32: Making Sense of the Five Senses (PDF)

Lesson 3.33: Taking Care of Teeth (PDF)

Lesson 3.34: Hazards to Our Health (PDF)

Lesson 3.35: Eye Didn't Know That(PDF)

Lesson 3.36: First Aid and Survival Kits (PDF)

Lesson 3.37: Brain Power (PDF)

PALS: Advisory Materials

PALS is a mentoring program that matches high school agriculture students with elementary students to help them get excited about school, explore their interests in plants, animals and their environment, and develop their personal skills. Mentoring activities will center around building trust and developing positive self-esteem through sharing and working together in a one-to-one relationship.

Advisors Guide(PDF)

 

    Step 1: Organize your PALS advisory committee
    Step 2: Program planning with your advisory committee and developing yoru PALS mission statement
    Step 3: Identify and train FFA members as mentors
    Step 4: Work with elementary staff to identify mentees
    Step 5: Develop calendar of activities for the PALS program
    Step 6: Obtain resources necessary for activities
    Step 7: Publicize your program
    Step 8: Evaluate each activity and provide opportunities for improvement
    Step 9: Celebrate your successes

PALS Participation Certificate (DOC)

 

PALS: Mentor Materials

PALS is a mentoring program that matches high school agriculture students with elementary students to help them get excited about school, explore their interests in plants, animals and their environment, and develop their personal skills. Mentoring activities will center around building trust and developing positive self-esteem through sharing and working together in a one-to-one relationship.

The mentoring role is a major commitment on the part of the high school students. The mentors are selected to help build the human resource potential of a young child as well as that of themselves. The mentors will receive training from high school and elementary counselors and agriculture teachers when they are not working with elementary students.

Mentors Handbook(PDF)

 

Mentor Application (DOC)

 

Mentor Training Power Point

 

PALS: Advisory Committee Materials

PALS is a mentoring program that matches high school agriculture students with elementary students to help them get excited about school, explore their interests in plants, animals and their environment, and develop their personal skills. Mentoring activities will center around building trust and developing positive self-esteem through sharing and working together in a one-to-one relationship. The mentoring role is a major commitment on the part of the high school students. These mentors are selected to help build the human resource potential of a young child as well as that of themselves. The mentors will receive training from high school and elementary counselors and agriculture teachers when they are not working with elementary students.

Advisory Committee Handbook (PDF))

 

Advisory Committee PowerPoint