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Resource Language:

English

Regional Focus

Global

Regenerating for the Next Gen

Author: ACE
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health
Formats: Google Docs, Google Slides, PDF, YouTube Video
Resource Types:
  • Lesson Plan, 60 -90 minutes
  • Presentation Slides
  • Article
  • Worksheet
  • Video, 4 minutes, 4 seconds, CC, Subtitles
Synopsis
  • This 60-90 minute lesson plan discusses the differences between regenerative agriculture and factory farming livestock operations (also known as CAFOs), and how these different agricultural approaches affect climate change and our environment. 
  • It provides a student worksheet, teacher guide, slide presentation, case study, and informative video. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This lesson challenges students to think critically about global food production, livestock production, and the role agriculture plays in climate change.
  • The video is very informative and the case study focuses on solutions that improve carbon storage and reduce emissions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the terms regenerative, livestock, and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). 
  • Students should have some basic knowledge about the major greenhouse gases and climate change.
  • Teachers will need to create a free account to access this resource.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
The resource presents adverse impacts of CAFOs on animal health, human health, environmental quality, increasing greenhouse concentrations, soils, and the atmosphere. There is no contradiction in the data and facts, as outlined in the resource. This is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
    • Reading: History/Social Studies (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.7 Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually, quantitatively, as well as in words) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
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