Subjects & Disciplines
- Earth Science
- explain why agricultural land is unevenly distributed on Earth's land surfaces
- describe how humans have changed Earth's landscape
- describe how plants prevent or minimize erosion
- propose a land management strategy for a field, given information on the topography of the field and climate of the area
- describe the characteristics of topsoil (soil layer from which plants derive nutrients)
- describe why a plant's growth could be affected by erosion
- describe the role of nutrients in plant growth
- describe how crop rotation can minimize the amount of fertilizer that needs to be added to the field
- describe a farming practice that can increase soil quality and decrease erosion
- describe how genetic modifications can increase crop yields
- describe how monocropping can lead to increased fertilizer and pesticide use
- explain why different landscapes require different land management plans
- describe the role of temperature in plant growth
- describe the role of precipitation in plant growth
- describe the relationship between slope and erosion rates
- create a good scientific argument in the context of land management
- describe some consequences of using land (forests, agricultural land) for other purposes (human development)
- Inquiry-based learning
- Multimedia instruction
- Self-directed learning
- Self-paced learning
- Visual instruction
21st Century Student Outcomes
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Learning and Innovation Skills
- 21st Century Themes
Critical Thinking Skills
Connections to National Standards, Principles, and Practices
What You’ll Need
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- Internet Access: Required
- Internet access: Required
- Tech Setup: 1 computer per learner, 1 computer per pair, 1 computer per small group, Interactive whiteboard, Projector
- Computer lab
- Media Center/Library
- Heterogeneous grouping
- Homogeneous grouping
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Recommended Prior Lessons
the art and science of cultivating the land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).
land used for, or capable of, producing crops or raising livestock.
part of the Earth where life exists.
type of grain, including wheat.
to state as the truth.
all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.
the system of changing the type of crop in a field over time, mainly to preserve the productivity of the soil.
period of greatly reduced precipitation.
act in which earth is worn away, often by water, wind, or ice.
data that can be measured, observed, examined, and analyzed to support a conclusion.
nutrient-rich chemical substance (natural or manmade) applied to soil to encourage plant growth.
process of altering the genes of an organism.
solid part of the Earth's surface not covered by water.
process of balancing the interests of development, resources, and sustainability for a region.
the geographic features of a region.
a mathematical model that requires extensive computational resources to study the behavior of a complex system by computer simulation.
composed of living or once-living material.
chemical element with the symbol K.
top layer of the Earth's surface where plants can grow.
use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.
collection of items or organisms that are linked and related, functioning as a whole.
topographic features of an area.
the most valuable, upper layer of soil, where most nutrients are found.