Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Lesson Plan Originally Created By: Jennifer Wilke

Benefits & Public Concerns/Objections About Technology

Part of Unit: The Effects of Technology on Agriculture

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

Benefits and Public concerns for technological advancements in agriculture and the implications that these concerns pose for entrepreneurs.

Lesson Time

Day 1 Instructional Time
1 Hour

Objectives and Goals

  • Understand public concern for technological advancements in agriculture, such as genetically modified organisms.
  • Understand the laws and regulations concerning biotechnology.

Activities in this Lesson

  • Review - Go Get It Hooks / Set

    Prep:Print the Go Get It Factors of Production Document - 1 per group of 4 students.Options: #1 - print on regular paper and highlight each set a different color.Example: All terms on one page yellow, next page green, etc...#2 -print each group's page on a different color of paper.Cut out the terms, definitions and examples so that they are separate from each other.Mix ALL colors together.Tape these around the entire room so that they are distributed fairly evenly.

    Prior Knowledge/Lessons:Technology & Factors of Production Lesson where students create a new technology item, CA & US Ag, Commodities, Niche Markets, family farms versus corporate farms, renewable and non-renewable resources, minimum wage, careers & employment opportunities

    Directions:In the next minute, get into a group of 4, sit together at a table, and select a leader.The leader will stand when your group is finished.What questions are there?Go.Group leaders, as I point to you, you will be assigned a color.Once assigned a color, please sit down.Today we will use the Go Get It! Moment.Your team will have 4 minutes to complete this activity.When you hear "Start" go retrieve the papers posted around the room for your assigned colored.These papers have terms, definitions or examples.Your team is responsible to match the terms with the definition and examples.Rules: Remember - safety first.No climbing over tables, chairs, desks or students.No pushing or shoving.No stealing of another group's colored paper. What questions are there before we begin? Start.After 4 minutes, use group choral response for each of the terms, definitions, and examples to verify the correctness of their matches.

    Resources and Materials

    • Go Get It Review Factors of Production.doc [ Download ] Material for Go Get It Review Activity
  • Using the attached power point, get the students ready to share their technology item from yesterday's lesson. They will need to take out their work from yesterday and retrieve a voting card. The power point will provide these directions or you can state them if you do not have the ability to project the power point. Allow for about 8 minutes between preparation, sharing, voting and submission of the final vote. Once the final vote for each group has been submitted, invite the winners to the front for their PayDay candy bar. Inform the class that these entrepreneurs will be sharing their new cutting edge technological advancements to the class.Welcome them to come to the front to share their innovative technology. Limit them to one minute each for their presentations. Instruct the "consumers"(students) to write at least 2 benefits or things they like about the technology and at least 2 concerns, questions or objections they have about the technology. After all have been presented, brainstorm the overall benefits and overall concerns, questions, and objections using the power point with a Smart Board or similar technology OR write them on the board.

    Resources and Materials

    • Benefits & Concerns for Technology in Ag [ Download ] Power Point for Benefits and Concerns for Technology in Ag
  • Directions are in the power point for this activity. Either print the attachment - Brainstorm Activity OR make posters that have the factors listed with a + column and a - column. These should be posted around the room. Groups get 2 minutes per poster. At the conclusion of the activity, have one volunteer from each group stand by a poster and present the ideas from their poster.

    Resources and Materials

    • Brainstorm Posters [ Download ] Print these out OR make posters with the headings from the document.
  • Take Away Closure

    The last slide of the power point leads you to your final activity. Each student will need an index card (or small piece of paper.) To leave the class, they need to write their thoughts to the following questions: Is all technology good? Why or why not?



Assessment Types:
Writing Samples, Demonstrations, Observations,

Take Away - Writing

Observation of Presentations