Describe at least one way you can connect your summer internship experience to your classroom curriculum.  Also, share and respond to at least three posts.

As a curriculum coordinator, I cannot wait to connect every grade level to what I have learned at Bayer. I am hoping to not only have guest speakers, video conferences, and excursions, but to have content from Bayer in all subject areas. Here are just a few ideas below:

  • Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) — share the resource with staff
  • Strengths Finder & Shape Communications — discuss with staff to better understand each other, and my own leadership challenge
  • Next Gen Ag — find ways to connect this simulation to elementary, so that students can experience the challenges and big decisions that farmers have to face
  • 1 million hands-on science learning by 2020 — continue to report out for them to add experiences to reach their goal
  • Industry overview — share the information from this ppt with students to use real world data in their math instead of fictional numbers
  • R&D — take students through the research and development process by simulating with different classrooms providing information to get it to the final product
  • Entomology — bring stinkbugs into the classroom with life cycles and designing bug habitats
  • Plant Genome Engineering — explore parts of a seed and growing them up, then “inserting DNA” for them to understand the transformation process
  • Genetic Engineering — have students design a plant that has positive attributes from several different plants
  • Trait Analysis — testing the DNA of different plants (strawberry – MSMS)
  • AgVocate — attend the 5 hour course and share PD with staff to raise awareness for agricultural literacy
  • Top Crop — national geographic game to have students plan out a farm in different locations around the world
  • Career Day — look at the careers associated with agriculture and STEM fields
  • Engineering Design Challenges — have students strive to solve the grand challenges from an agricultural perspective. Look at future trends, and recent trends that are challenging agriculture
  • Infographics — have students create posters in art class using technology to share information they learn for a cause. Create posters for our classrooms.
  • Soil sample — have students have our soil assessed and determine where the most nutritious soil is.
  • Farm Planning — map, plan, plant, and see the economics of farming to feed an average family
  • Social Issues — have students research and approach the GMO debate
  • Research Source Assessment — as students research, have them consider the validity of the source and what the author’s purpose is
  • Green house planning — let students plan and budget for a green house on campus. How could we cut costs using recyclable materials?
  • Beneficial Pests — discuss the importance of bugs to ecosystems, not all bugs are bad.
  • Argus technology sensors — the data collection and science of green house environments
  • “Sunlight” for plants — have students test out different types of lighting to determine if they could use other lights in greenhouses, and what the costs would be
  • Bugs in Our Backyard — go on a bug hunt and see what type of biodiversity we can find
  • Scout Sheets — have students complete a scout sheet assessment of the class’s plant growth
  • Bug identification — have students design an app or website to help people identify bugs and learn what benefits they offer
  • Weather station — learn about the weather and how it affects plant growth, track the weather and plant growth to see the relationship (too much/little water, sunlight, high/low temperature)
  • Plant Helpers — have students run different tests to find the perfect environment for different plants and share it with parents. Put information on stakes out in our school garden.
  • Seed Library — have students bring in different seeds that they see in nature, or have in their kitchen to create a school seed library. Have them compare the different kinds and their appearances and how they are spread.
  • Data Analysis — have students look at data collected from seed counts, compare the count with the weight and size of different seeds.
  • Process Engineering — find more efficient ways to complete tasks, have students go through the experience and see how they could make it take less time and cost less
  • Chemistry — photosynthesis, chemistry of different pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Look at the chemicals in our foods. How do we add more nitrogen to the soil? Greenhouse gases and effects.
  • 5th graders blog — have students create blog posts about different experiences going on in our school. Teach them about social media and social responsibility.
  • Conn First News — allow them the chance to do “man on the street” interviews at parent nights to highlight the great things going on at our school
  • Fooducate — have students keep a food journal for a week, then go through “what we eat in America” to look at the ingredients and the quality of what we eat.
  • Product Safety — have students pitch a “product” to go through safety testing and protocols, connect with EPA regulations
  • Insect Strength — observe different types of insects and compare the strength of insects in relationship to their size
  • Life Cycles — look at the needs of insects, their benefits, and compare their life cycles
  • Ecosystems — create a habitat for different insects
  • Bee Center (look for another post on this specifically)

So many ideas and so many options! Where to begin!



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