Change Up Class and Let Your Students Explore with a "Genius Hour"

Change Up Class and Let Your Students Explore with a "Genius Hour"

November 14, 2019

Take time out of your teaching schedule to let your students explore and tinker. Jenkins County FFA has a "genius hour" each week where students can try new skills and even use equipment they normally won't have access to.

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A Different Kind of Chapter Recruitment and Community Service Idea

A Different Kind of Chapter Recruitment and Community Service Idea

November 13, 2019

Community service and chapter recruitment can come in some pretty unique ways. Denmark FFA hosted a brownie troop working on their animal care badge. 

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Scientific Method and Bread Baking

Scientific Method and Bread Baking

November 12, 2019

McConnelsburg FFA used a great lab to apply the scientific method with a few variables on a common food item, baked bread. The variables not only illustrate how ingredient changes impact the finished product, but also brings students first hand experience of what each ingredient is used for and what happens when they are missing.

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Incubating Quail Eggs in Class Is More Than Just Hatching Eggs

Incubating Quail Eggs in Class Is More Than Just Hatching Eggs

November 12, 2019

Poultry doesn't always have to be just about chickens. Whether in an animal science class or wildlife quail eggs are a great choice and step away from ordinary when it comes to incubating eggs. Elmwood FFA took on the challenge of ordering and incubating a clutch of Northern Bobwhite Quail eggs as a part of class.

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How To Practice Livestock Showing Without Livestock

How To Practice Livestock Showing Without Livestock

November 11, 2019

When your students don't know much about showing livestock, then you get creative when demonstrating it. Commerce FFA broke out the show sticks and beach balls so that their Greenhand Middle Schoolers could get a crash course in showmanship. 

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Tailgate Soil Judging and Texture Practice

Tailgate Soil Judging and Texture Practice

November 10, 2019

When you can't get your students to the soil pit, then bring the soil pit to your students. The Loris FFA Soil Judging team to matters into their own hands to understand the texture of different soils they may see at their CDE.

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Chapter Activity That Is a Trick and a Treat

Chapter Activity That Is a Trick and a Treat

November 07, 2019

What looks like regular ground beef labeled as roadkill, including meat trays from the local grocery store and plastic rap, is actually rice crispy treats shaped like hamburger patties with some red food coloring to make them all too real.

 

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Design Your Own Desktop Greenhouse Activity

Design Your Own Desktop Greenhouse Activity

November 06, 2019

Teachers are always look for another way to reinforce principles covered in class. To understand how a greenhouse works, students must understand the critical factors that go into play to make a greenhouse function. The problem is that this topic is super boring to learn.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your CDE Practices

How to Get the Most Out of Your CDE Practices

November 06, 2019

Do you want to master one CDE and go for the trip to Indy? Or do you just make sure your kids have a positive experience at the contest and come out eager for more? Either way, the process is the same.

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Mini Jacket Chapter Activity for Recruiting

Mini Jacket Chapter Activity for Recruiting

October 18, 2019

For teachers who always need another idea for their students here's a quick post on simple recruiting tool for your officers or an activity for your students.

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Land Judging Activity for Topsoil Evaluation

Land Judging Activity for Topsoil Evaluation

October 10, 2019

Advisors are always looking for different ways to help students understand land judging and soil science. This example demonstrates the variability of types of topsoil where students can see first hand how each can differ from the others.

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Meat Preparation Activity for Agriculture Students

Meat Preparation Activity for Agriculture Students

October 10, 2019

What you teach in the classroom has a much greater impact on your students when they have a chance to put it into practice with not only an hands-on lab. Take the time to introduce your students to the world of cooking meat and you'll have them hooked for life.

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