Standard: Science

28 Feb 2022

Food on the Farm

August-June 

Get a solid understanding of where our food comes from and how we grow it on our working farm. We will investigate and learn growing practices of livestock, flowers and produce from our pastures to the greenhouse and the gardens.

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • K.LS.1: Living things have specific characteristics and traits.
      • 1.ESS.1: The sun is the principal source of energy.
      • 2.LS.1: Living things cause changes on Earth.
      • 3.LS.3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
      • 5.LS.1 Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
      • 7.LS.2 In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors. Elements can be organized by properties
    • NGSS
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
      • 1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
      • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
      • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
      • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.


Vocabulary:

Farming, livestock, produce, pasture, greenhouse, ecosystem, biotic, abiotic, biodiversity, habitats

28 Feb 2022

Modern Small Scale Farming

August-June 

Join us as we investigate the meaning of Sustainable Agriculture!  Learn how we can establish productive farmland for future generations by utilizing our natural world to guide our farming methods.

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • 6.LS.4 Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
      • ENV.ER.1: Energy resources
      • ENV.ER.4: Soil and land
      • ENV.GP.4: Sustainability
      • ENV.GP.7: Food production and availability

    • NGSS
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services
      • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Vocabulary:

Farming, sustainable agriculture, methods, structure, function, soil, energy resources, biodiversity, ecosystem, cycle, organism

28 Feb 2022

Our Soil Today

August-June 

All life depends on soil. Come learn how this important building block impacts life around Greenacres, and how we create healthier soil through farming practices. We will also experience how soil scientists study the properties of soil.

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • 4.ESS.3: The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.
      • 4.PS.1: When objects break into smaller pieces, dissolve, or change state, the total amount of matter is conserved.
      • 6.ESS.5 Rocks, mineral and soils have common and practical uses.
      • 6.ESS.4 Soil is unconsolidated material that contains nutrient matter and weathered rock.
    • NGSS
      • 2-ESS2-1. Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
      • 4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
      • 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services
      • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

Vocabulary:

Soil health, properties, erosion, deposition, matter, minerals, nutrient, weathering

28 Feb 2022

From Seed to Market

August-June 

 Join us as we follow the journey of food, from the field to the consumer.  Help us figure out how we can make this season’s harvest profitable!

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • 4.LS.1: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
      • 4.MD.2 Solve real-world problems involving money, time, and metric measurement.
      • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses
      • 6.EE.2 Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
      • 6.EE.9 Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.
    • NGSS
      • 4th 4-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
      • Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.*
      • 6th MS-LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

Vocabulary:

Market, measurement, weight, consumer, profit, expenses, genetic, organisms, harvest