Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Lesson Plan Originally Created By: Mike Morris

What is a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program?

Part of Unit: FFA Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE)

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

Students will be introduced to the idea of SAEs, including their purposes as well as the different types of SAEs- entrepreneurship and placement (Lesson 1 of 5 in SAE unit).

Lesson Time

lesson time
60 Minutes


Objectives and Goals

  • Students will describe the purpose of a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) program.
  • Students will differentiate between entrepreneurship and placement SAEs.

Activities in this Lesson

  • Students will view a set of power point slides with categorical pictures and determine which of the pictures does not fit with the rest of the items. Each slide's pictures will have nearly identical qualities except for 1- which is "not like the others". Students are to record which item is not like the others and why. Then, they share out with the class. Use accompanying power point presentation. After revealing the correct answers, lead a discussion regarding "why" some things fit and others didn't. Specifically, we look at characteristics to determine what something is and what something is not. Many students have heard of "projects" or associate ag with raising animals. What is an SAE and what is not an SAE? Today's lesson will focus on determining what an SAE is, how to determine if something is or is not a valid SAE, and the local requirements for SAEs. One alternative to this activity is to show the SAE: Experience It! video from National FFA. To purchase the video, do the following: 1. Go to www.ffaunlimited.org; click "SAE" under the red "Core" category on the left-hand side. Click "SAE: Experience It!" video and purchase from there.

    Resources and Materials

    • One of these things- final draft [ Download ]
  • Who has heard of "ag projects"? Lead a discussion about what students know regarding "Ag projects" -animals at the fair, raising a pig, having a job, growing plants, etc. Once you have their brains headed toward this "project" direction, share that the term "project" actually has a formal name- Supervised Agriculture Experience program. The next few days will allow the entire class to take what they know about "ag projects", define their characteristics, sort through what they are and what they are not and refine that knowledge into a Supervised Agriculture experience program that will set them up for success. (Distribute 1 copy of SAE note handout to each student and open SAEP power point slideshow). Instruct students that the information for their notes will come directly from the Check for questions or clarification after completing each slide. When you reach the "PAUSE HERE" slide, pause. Review the information with students using a review technique. For example, have them turn their papers over and quiz them aloud about the different pieces of information they just recorded. When that has been completed, instruct them to put away their note packets and prepare to use the information they just received.

    Resources and Materials

    • SAE notes final draft [ Download ]
    • SAE power point presentation final [ Download ]
  • Battle Royale! Assessment

    Now, let's see how much of that info stuck in our brains! First, have students put away everything except a pencil. Students will use this activity to apply the information they recorded from the power point presentation. Split your class into equal teams (number of teams depends on the size of your class- ideally, have 5-7 kids per team) and get them pumped for a heated battle on SAE knowledge! Next, distribute 1 blank piece of lined paper to each team. All of the information they need to complete the task will come directly from the notes they took earlier that period. It is essential to keep their thoughts and information within their group- don't let any other team hear the correct answers. Have each group write two things on their page. First, the first and last names of every member in the group. Then, number their paper from 1-5 on the left hand side, skipping a few lines between each number. Indicate that this will be a contest of smarts. For each question, the group will collaborate and determine the correct answer. Once they have everyone's agreement, they write down their answer for that question on their paper. After the entire class has gone through all 5 questions, have them put down their writing utensils. Then, share out. Have 1 member from each group stand up with the paper in their hands. Ask question #1 again to the class and get the response of each group. Have them correct as they go, putting a plus sign next to the questions they get correct. After question #1, have the standing student pass the paper to someone else in their group. That person must stand and will read their group's answer to the next question. Read question #2 and repeat this process until you finish the Battle Royale. Have students total up the number they got correct and mark it at the top. If you so choose, have them report to the entire class the number they got correct. Feel free to give a prize to the group with the most correct answers. At the conclusion of the event, have them turn in their work for assessment purposes.

  • Closure Closure

    Alright gang, thanks for a great start to this unit! We've thrown a lot of new words around today and new acronyms we'll be hearing for years to come! Get excited about this week- you'll become master planners for your very own SAE program that will give you so many great opportunities to succeed in agriculture education.


Assessment Types:
Teacher-Made Test,

Assessment will made from their responses on the Battle Royale assignment.