Impacts of Agriculture
Lesson Plan Item
|Grade||2nd Grade||Class||Social Studies||Length of Lesson||45 Minutes|
|Lesson Title||Impacts of Agriculture|
|Unit Title||Natural Resources|
|Unit Compelling Question||Why should we be cautious when using Iowa’s natural resources?|
Iowa created the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) in 1986. They are in charge of helping to protect our state parks, forest, wildlife, land, and water resources. Iowa is known around the country for having very fertile soil. In Iowa we are number one in the production of corn, oats, and soybeans. Iowa's good black soil is a natural resource. It has produced many goods and services for people in the United States and around the world. Iowa also has beautiful and inspiring state parks. The DNR was created to help protect Iowa's natural resources.
~ Allyson Simpson, Simpson College
2018.017.003 Before farmers used large machinery to harvest corn, the work was done by hand. As corn was harvested, husking hooks that were attached to the gloves either near the palm or on the fingers, were used to rip corn husks open so that the ears of corn could be easily air-dried in corn cribs.
|Lesson Supporting Question||Why is soil a valuable resource to people in Iowa and around the world?|
In this lesson, students will explore agriculture in Iowa then and now. Students will “think like a geographer” by analyzing primary sources. Students will also read an article about agriculture and discuss difficulties of raising the food supply for an increasing population without a growing amount of soil. This lesson leads up to students creating a cause & effect booklet to show good and bad consequences of using Iowa’s natural resources.
*This lesson is planned for one of the last lessons in the natural resource unit. Up to this lesson, students have learned about natural vs. human-made resources and can explain the terms renewable and nonrenewable. Students are aware that soil is an interesting resource—soil can be remade, classifying it as renewable, but soil can also be classified as nonrenewable because of how long it takes for soil to be remade. Students have also practiced asking questions like geographers.
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|Lesson Themes||No themes are assigned for this lesson.|
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|Author||Shelby Miller||Reviewer||Dr. Chad Timm, Simpson College||Created||08/17/2019||Last Edited||09/06/2019|
|Lesson Plan Development Notes: Social Studies Methods, Simpson College, Spring 2019|