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Teachers all over the state and beyond are using Feed the World lessons with their students! See how other teachers are implementing this curriculum in their classrooms, learn about emerging agricultural topics and resources, and get the latest updates on our workshops and satellite activities.

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Ecology comes to life with eco‑columns

Sep 14, 2017
As part of “Diversity of Life” science standards, Ann Rougier’s 10th Grade Biology class at Stivers School for the Arts combined corn and ecology. Her students planted two corn seeds in eco-column terrariums along with three other types of seeds of their choice. As the corn grew, the roots entered the aquarium portion of the eco-column. In some cases, this provided a balance needed for the fish and snails in …

Learning about corn’s vegetative state and predicting yield

Aug 30, 2017
It’s a great time of year to be outside with your students, looking at corn! Adam Staley of Clear Fork High School presented the leaf collar method and yield prediction test to two of his classes, using the school’s Land Lab where the FFA chapter has planted 55 acres of corn. In these lessons, students can experience what agronomists and other ag workers do in their profession. Staley said, “We discussed …

How can living organisms help to determine water quality?

Aug 3, 2017
Lisa Hawthorn, a 7th grade science teacher at Lakewood Middle School, used Feed the World water quality lessons during a hydrology unit. They began with the biotic sampling lesson to introduce the idea of what lives in a healthy stream. Hawthorn said, “This was a great hands-on way to illustrate this as we could not go to a stream in person. I also color coded the “streams” to give the studen…

What’s in your soil and stream?

Jun 6, 2017
Want curriculum that makes science come alive for your class? Feed the World lessons provided Sabrina Stalder, Agricultural Education Instructor and FFA Advisor at Athens High School with good activities and extension to reinforce science concepts. In her Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources class, Stalder used the Soil Texture labtivity and Soil texture lessons to introduce a soil science unit.  In the Soil Texture labtivity, the students gathered soil samples f…

Science club shares stream studies and more with community

Jun 6, 2017
An important part of learning is being able to share information with others. Donna Kill of Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools received a Feed the World mini-grant that provided an environmental science outreach to the community. With the grant money, Kill purchased stream ecology kits, magnifying lenses, and macro-invertebrate cards. The Junior High Science Club used these materials to conduct stream studies in Morrow County. During the Cardington-Lincoln Pirate Spectacular, a family …

The school year is ending in flames!!

May 22, 2017
Kathy Daniels, science teacher at Mississinewa High School, received a grant to purchase distillation equipment for her classroom. She said, “I want to say a huge ‘thank you!’ for the grant to purchase the distillation equipment to make corn ethanol. My students just completed the final steps of lab today, burning their ethanol. They wrote about making biodiesel and making ethanol as their final assignment of the year.” Daniels …

I know! It’s a soil triangle!

May 16, 2017
Mike Liston of Tolles Career and Technical Center left last summer’s Feed the World workshop armed with useful knowledge and lots of great activities to use with his science students! Liston used the Soil and Sustainability activities with his Environmental Management and Environmental Science students. After discussing soil texture and particle size, students determined soil type using the soil triangle. Liston said, “I had students practice with the soil tria…

Future homeowners learn about urban fertilizer application

May 10, 2017
Ashley Thompson, agriculture instructor at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, attended the two-day Feed the World workshop last summer. She used several of the soil lessons this year in her Greenhouse & Nursery Management class. Thompson said, “I liked the lessons because they touched on material that I had taught before, but helped me to clarify points with meaningful connections to my students.” Her students enjoyed the lesson about proper amounts …

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