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Agriculture & Natural Resources

Lesson Plan Originally Created By: Mike Morris

Exploration of SAE possibilities

Part of Unit: FFA Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE)

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

Students will be able to explore a variety of possible SAE choices, including descriptions and characteristics of the SAE. They will match the choices with their selection criteria and leave the lesson with a variety of potential SAE choices (Lesson 4 of 5 in SAE unit).

Lesson Time

lesson time
60 Minutes

Standards

Objectives and Goals

Students will be able to identify five potential SAEs that interest them and match their available resources.

Activities in this Lesson

  • White Board Race Hooks / Set

    Clear your white board of any writing. Draw a vertical line down the middle of the board.Divide your class into equal halves and have them line up in single file on their side of the white board. Declare a white board war between the two halves and pump them up to win this event! The topic is all of the different possible SAEs they could do. Only one person at a time may write on the board and they may only write one SAE. When the writer is done, they pass the white board marker to the next person and go to the back of the line. The group with the most valid SAEs will be declared the winner. Put two minutes on the clock and declare "GO!" When the two minutes is up, have them put their pens down and ask them to be seated. Then, tally up the number of valid SAEs each group recorded. Declare the side with the most the winner and congratulate them! Then, highlight a few choices as being particularly creative or interesting! Today, we're going to see enough SAEs to fill up 10 whiteboards! Prepare to see your ideas about SAEs be blown wide open!

  • Sometimes we quickly limit our understanding of SAEs to the usual topics (reference the more "traditional" SAEs on the board). However, there are a number of SAE options that may very well prove to be interesting and within our reach. They fit into the categories of placement and entrepreneurship- terms we're familiar with already. We've also talked about SAEs in agribusiness, horticulture and production. Today we're going to see other SAE categories chock full of options. (Before class, place the rubberbanded SAE cards from National FFA at various locations throughout the classroom. Make sure to prescreen the cards first and remove any SAE suggestions that aren't practical for your students.) Throughout this room you'll see sets of colored cards. Each set of colored cards corresponds with an SAE area you could potentially have a project in. Pull out a blank sheet of lined paper. Write your name, date and period at the top. Title it, "SAE GALLERY". At each station, you'll first write down the name and color of the SAE area. For example, at the brown cards, write "Animal Science" and "Brown". Then, look through the various SAE titles and select a minimum of three in that area which meet our established criteria. What are you interested in? and what will match the resources you have available? When you've completed your work with one SAE area, move to another one and follow the same procedure. Repeat this process until you've examined each SAE area. At the end of this, you'll have a collection of dozens of SAE ideas that may be suitable for your SAE plan. Clarify for questions. Start by sending roughly equal numbers of kids to specific SAE areas so they don't cluster around one area. Monitor their movement throughout the classroom so they don't cluster around one and waste time jockeying for spots at the table. Give time updates so they know how long they have. At the conclusion (roughly 40 minutes) have them return to their seats. Next, have students put stars by the top 5 choices on their paper. If time permits, have students share with their peers and with the entire class a few of their top choices and why they chose them. Excellent! As we can see from the choices we came up with, many SAEs are not the traditional options we think of. There are a wide array of choices available to us! To purchase the SAE idea cards, do the following: 1. Go to www.ffaunlimited.org; 2. Click "SAE" under the red "Core" category on the left hand side. Click "SAE idea cards" and purchase from there.

  • (Erase their earlier SAE choices from the board). Repeat the process of the white board race but only using SAEs they learned about during the lesson that day. Only one person at a time may write on the board and they may only write one SAE. When the writer is done, they pass the white board marker to the next person and go to the back of the line. The group with the most valid SAEs will be declared the winner. Put two minutes on the clock and declare "GO!" When the two minutes is up, have them put their pens down and ask them to be seated. Then, tally up the number of valid NEW SAEs each group recorded. Declare the side with the most the winner and congratulate them! Thank them for their hard work. Tomorrow they will take all of their SAE knowledge they've collected thus far and use it to create a blueprint for SAE success!

Assessment