Lesson One: Stewardship & Agriculture
Students begin to learn what being a steward is in Wyoming. Throughout the course of the unit, students will develop this idea of stewardship.
Lesson Two: Wyoming Bound – Homesteaders
Students learn about the history of agriculture in Wyoming. Students develop an understanding of the role of agriculture in Wyoming and why it is important to practice good stewardship.
Lesson Three: East or West – Where Do Crops Grow Best?
Students learn where certain crops are grown in Wyoming and hypothesize reasons for some areas being better suited for growing crops than others (water availability, elevation, and topography).
Lesson Four: Plant Detectives
Students see the effects that poor soil, excess/insufficient water, and insufficient light have on a plant’s ability to survive. Students make the connection between caring for crops, successful production, and the role of stewardship in Wyoming’s agriculture.
Lesson Five: Weather Wonder
During the experiments, students hypothesize the effects of climate variability and weather trends on crops. They will then test their hypothesis and make conclusions regarding the results of heat, wind, and freezing on plants. This will help them understand how farmers work to steward agricultural resources in certain environments.
Lesson Six: What’s the Buzz About Pollination?
Students discover how humans, insects, and animals play a part in the pollination of plants.
Lesson Seven: Plotting Progress
Students learn how farming has changed over time and how technology enhances the tools that farmers use enabling them to be even better stewards of the land.
Lesson Eight: Super Stewards
Students define the role of a steward in Wyoming agriculture through their advertisements and presentations.