Newsroom Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan 6

Farming Today and Tomorrow

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  1. Students will explain the term "value-added" as applied to farm products.
  2. Students will describe why export markets are important to the farm economy.
  3. Students will utilize search strategies employing keywords such as "export and farm products" or "value-added products corn or soybeans" when searching Web-based agriculture news sources for current information.
  4. Students will practice note-taking strategies during the research process and complete the news analysis worksheet.

Activity Summary

Teams of students will research what's happening in the farm economy today. Students will complete a K-W-L-H chart prior to reading the background information and beginning the research process.

After completing the news analysis worksheet, students will summarize their findings in a written reflection and answer the following questions:

  1. What do you think is the most important issue facing farmers today?
  2. In your opinion, why is this issue the most important?

Teacher Resources

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Visual Learning Using Inspiration®
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Electronic Graphic Organizers: Are They for You?

The templates under the categories Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Teacher Planning, and Thinking Tools include bubble diagrams, tree maps, flow maps, Venn diagrams, and other structures for students to use when organizing information into an outline or concept map.

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