Roland-Story High School Fall
This semester class is designed to give students insights
into the latest technologies that are being utilized in the agricultural sector
as well as prepare them for career entry positions in the agriculture industry
and/or further schooling. Class
Units of Study
Natural Resources -- 30 days
Production -- 40 days
Engineering and Mechanics--15 days
Upon completion of this class, students will be able to:
• Conduct a sediment test to determine the particle
sizes of the mineral matter and the presence of organic matter in a
sample of soil.
• Investigate the effects organic matter has on soil porosity
and soil air holding capacity.
• Conduct an investigation of soil deposition caused by water
• Conduct tests to determine soil texture by feel.
• Test soil permeability to understand the relationship between
soil particle size and rate of water filtration.
• Determine the texture, structure, and color of each horizon
within a soil profile.
• Conduct an experiment that models the flow of water over a landform.
• Determine the spread of pollution from point and nonpoint sources.
• Perform tests to determine water quality using the factors of
temperature, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and total dissolved solids.
• Design an experiment determining the quality of drinking water
and conduct the experiment to determine its validity.
• Write a lab report regarding their experimental findings.
• Simulate the flow of energy in an ecosystem.
• Conduct an experiment to determine the interdependence of plants
• Complete a WebQuest researching an ecosystem.
• Develop a model and poster depicting the ecosystem they studied.
• Record key points of ecosystems presented by classmates.
• Document the plant and animal food products consumed in a twenty-four
• Determine the percentage of plant and animal food products they
• Conduct an experiment to determine bacterial levels of meat
samples when refrigerated, stored at room temperature, and cooked.
• Observe and record growth of bacterial cultures.
• Research the path a prepared food item takes from production
to processing and present their findings to the class.
• Solve a problem related to foodborne illness outbreak.
• Identify and sketch the four basic plant parts.
• Describe the functions of plant parts.
• Construct a model depicting the parts of a complete flower.
• Conduct a germination trial to determine the germination rate
of bean seeds.
• Determine the presence of starch in plants that have received
different light treatments.
• Collect data on the rate of respiration and photosynthesis of
• Study and learn the basic anatomical parts of an animal.
• Develop a poster of the external anatomy of an animal that will
be used to teach others.
• Make decisions based on given priorities and criteria, and analyze
objects as they compare ideal criteria.
• Evaluate a class of market hogs based on specific priorities.
• Make a concept map of the internal body systems and their relationships.