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Resources for Grades 6-8

Lesson Plans

Exploring Your Environment

This 4-H program focuses on environmental stewardship and issues such as transportation choices, waste management, composting, recycling, and natural resources.

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Take Your Pick: Gardening

Learn about garden planning, planting, care, harvesting, storage and careers.


What's in Your Soil?

The Earth's surface varies greatly from place to place. Only a small portion of land can be used for growing crops. Teach your students about Soil pH and the important role it plays in agricultural production.

Soil Lesson Plan Soil Interactive Lesson Plan


Human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes and at least 20,000 genes. Corn plants have 32,000 genes and only 10 pairs of chromosomes. Explore the fascinating world of genetics through the lens of corn reproduction.

Plant Genetics Lesson Plan Plant Genetics Interactive Lesson Plan


All life on Earth owes its existence to photosynthesis. Take your students on a journey into nature’s oldest form of recycling – the process by which plants produce their own food.

Photosynthesis Lesson Plan Photosynthesis Interactive Lesson Plan


Although Agriculture has traditionally been defined by the production of plants and animals, today, science and technology have added new areas of research, and investigation to the agriculture field.

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STEM Activities

Built to fit seamlessly into your existing curriculum or your school's STEM club, these fun and engaging classroom activities will spark student curiosity and build awareness around a range of agricultural concepts.