This unit has two main learning objectives:
Learning objective #1: to provide an overview of environmental factors that influence crop yields.
Learning objective #2: to gain an understanding as to how drone technology is being used to improve crop yields.
The unit is framed by a 17-slide PowerPoint: 11 slides contain notes to take down, 6 slides directing students to activities. The PowerPoint provides an overview of environmental factors that influence crop yields and how drone technology is being used to improve crop yields for farmers. The PowerPoint has embedded teaching notes, suggestions for class discussion points and additional activity suggestions.
This mini-unit contains the following activities:
-Where does it come from?: this game asks students to match common household products with the agricultural exports from which they are made.
-Soil composition test: students conduct tests on soil samples to determine the make up of the soil and the suitability of the soil for planting crops (this activity is also sold separately).
-The future of farming: students investigate the use of drone technology within agricultural practice
Students will require 1-1 internet access to complete a number of the activities included in this mini-unit.
-17 Slide PowerPoint presentation
-1 x Worksheet
-2 x Activities (1 experiment/1 research task)
-Game cards and instruction sheet/answer key
-Comprehensive 4-page teaching guide
The mini-unit is designed to take approximately 7-9 lessons of class time (1.5-2 weeks), with the assumption that a lesson is 50 minutes long.
Documents are in PDF format, PPT needs to be opened as 'read only'.
The exception to this is the 'Soil composition test report template' which has been uploaded specifically as an editable Word document.
Whilst this mini-unit can be used across a variety of curriculum contexts, it has been designed in line with the Australian Curriculum Level 9/10 Geography: Biomes and Food Security.
It addresses the content descriptor: Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world (VCGGK134).
(Please note: economic factors have not been addressed in this mini unit, nor has Australia specifically).
Want to try before you buy? 'The future of farming' task is available as a freebie here: DRONE TECHNOLOGY: THE FUTURE OF FARMING?
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