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ERIC Number: EJ878112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
The Farmer in the Lab
Huss, Jeanine; Baker, Cheryl
Science and Children, v47 n6 p40-43 Feb 2010
Agriculture can play a key role in fostering scientific literacy because it brings important plant and ecosystem concepts into the classroom. Plus, agriculture, like science, is not static and includes much trial and error, investigation, and innovation. With help from community experts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), the author's fifth-grade students explored the development of pest-resistant varieties of wheat. By using crops and insects that are important in the local environment, students gained a greater appreciation of how their food is produced. (Contains 1 figure and 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A