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Agricultural Education
Introduction to Agriscience
Introduction to AgriScience is a one-credit, foundational course offered at the ninth grade level. Course content emphasizes science-based approaches to the agricultural industry, natural resources, animal science, plant/horticulture and soil science, agricultural safety, agribusiness and economic principles, careers, and agricultural mechanics. Supervised experience and FFA are included in the course. Students would typically complete this course before enrolling in courses in the career pathways.
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This course is the prerequisite for all upper level Agricultural Education courses

Unit IAG1: Introduction to the
agricultural industry (8 hours)

Benchmark IAG1-1: Students will explain
the meaning and importance of the agricultural industry in meeting human

Benchmark IAG1-2: Students will list
and describe major areas of the agricultural industry in the nation, state, and
local community as well as globally.*

Benchmark IAG1-3: Students will discuss
historical developments in the agricultural industry.

Benchmark IAG1-4: Students will
identify the roles of biotechnology and technology in the agricultural

Unit IAG2: Career entry and advancement
in the agricultural industry (10 hours)

Benchmark IAG2-1: Students will list
and discuss the seven career pathways of agriculture study.

Benchmark IAG2-2: Students will
identify agriculture, food and natural resources careers and the competencies
needed to enter the careers *.

Benchmark IAG2-3: Students will name
and describe important interpersonal skills for career success.*

Unit IAG3: Agricultural safety (5

Benchmark IAG3-1: Students will assess
safety situations and choose appropriate safety practices.*

Benchmark IAG3-2: Students will
properly select, use, and maintain personal protective equipment.*

Unit IAG4: Agribusiness and economic
principles (8 hours)

Benchmark IAG4-1: Students will
distinguish among economic systems and describe ways of doing business in

Benchmark IAG4-2: Students will select
and appropriately use record keeping systems.*

Benchmark IAG4-3: Students will discuss
the importance of marketing in the agricultural industry

Unit IAG5: Animal agriculture (23

Benchmark IAG5-1: Students will
identify important agricultural animals and the benefits of each species.*

Benchmark IAG5-2: Students will explain
the importance of animal agriculture in Oklahoma and the United States.*

Benchmark IAG5-3: Students will
identify major breeds of livestock produced in Oklahoma and contrast and
compare the merits of each breed.

Benchmark IAG5-4: Students will
identify and explain major anatomical and physiological features of
agricultural animals

Benchmark IAG5-5: Students will explain
the meaning and importance of animal well-being and identify production
practices that promote well-being.*

Benchmark IAG5-6: Students will follow
appropriate management practices in animal production.

Benchmark IAG5-7: Students will choose
appropriate nutrients and feed to assure efficient animal production.

Benchmark IAG5-8: Students will select
practices that promote animal health and production.

Unit IAG6: Plant, horticulture, and
soil science (17 hours)

Benchmark IAG6-1: Students will
identify important agricultural and horticultural plants and discuss benefits
of each.*

Benchmark IAG6-2: Students will
distinguish and classify plants on the basis of life cycle.*

Benchmark IAG6-3: Students will
identify the major vegetative structures of plants and discuss the functions of

Benchmark IAG6-4: Students will
distinguish between sexual and asexual propagation and identify the structures
and procedures that are involved.

Benchmark IAG6-5: Students will
describe the role of nutrients and nutrition in plant growth.

Benchmark IAG6-6: Students will discuss
the importance of soil and its constituents.*

Unit IAG7: Natural resources (8 hours)

Benchmark IAG7-1: Students will
identify important natural resources and classify as renewable or

Benchmark IAG7-2: Students will explain
the meaning of sustainable resource use and identify practices that contribute
to sustainability.

Unit IAG8: Agricultural mechanics (22

Benchmark IAG8-1: Students will
identify hazards and demonstrate appropriate safety practices in agricultural
mechanics work.*

Benchmark IAG8-2: Students will discuss
the role and importance of agricultural power and technology

Benchmark IAG8-3: Students will
identify common hand and power tools in agricultural mechanics

Benchmark IAG8-4: Students will explain
the meaning and importance of metals fabrication.

Benchmark IAG8-5: Students will
identify equipment used in metals fabrication and discuss safety issues in
using the equipment, including personal protection.

Benchmark IAG8-6: Students will
identify kinds of metals and select appropriate arc welding supplies

Benchmark IAG8-7: Students will
identify electrodes and make selections based on the kind of metal to be

Benchmark IAG8-8: Students will
properly operate equipment to strike an arc and lay flat beads.

Benchmark IAG8-9: Students will prepare
metal surfaces for welding.

Benchmark IAG8-10: Students will
demonstrate the use of a tape measure in measuring metal materials.

Unit IAG9: Agricultural education (19

Benchmark IAG9-1: Students will explain
the meaning and importance of agricultural education.*

Benchmark IAG9-2: Students will
describe the role, importance, and kinds of supervised agricultural

Benchmark IAG9-3: Students will plan,
establish, and manage an appropriate supervised experience program.

Benchmark IAG9-4: Students will discuss
the history, origin, and traditions of FFA membership.*

Benchmark IAG9-5: Students will
memorize and recite the FFA Creed and explain the ideals and beliefs it
portrays .

Benchmark IAG9-6: Students will
identify basic FFA information, including history, motto, colors, mission,
emblem, and official dress.

Benchmark IAG9-7: Students will list
and discuss the benefits of FFA membership.

Benchmark IAG9-8: Students will explain
organization of the local FFA chapter, including officers and advisor.

Benchmark IAG9-9: Students will list
degrees of FFA membership and explain how to advance

Benchmark IAG9-10: Students will
demonstrate leadership skill development by preparing speeches, participation
in meetings, and engaging in FFA activities.

IAG9-11: Students will explain the meaning and use of parliamentary procedure
in the conduct of business meetings.

Agriculture Education I:
Core - CTTC

Agriculture Education I
- CIMC - 2006

Agricultural Safety-CIMC - 2007

Agricultural Mechanics
& Technology Lesson Plan Library CD-ROM 2007, Center for Agriculture and
Environmental Research and Training Inc. (CAERT)

Introduction to Agriscience DVD Series. Delmar Learning, 2006.

Fundamentals & Applications, 4th Edition, Cooper, Burton, and
York; Delmar Publishing, 2007

How to Judge Cattle

Breeds of Cattle, Book and CD-ROM available

CEV Multimedia Pathways Curriculum - Introduction to Agriscience Pathway
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Agricultural Power, Structures and Technology Ag Power, Structures, and Technology
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Agribusiness and Management Agribusiness and Management
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Ag Communications Agricultural Communications
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Plant and Soil Science Agronomic Plant and Soil Science
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Animal Science Animal Science
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Food Products and Processing Food Products and Processing
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Plant and Soil Science Horticultural Plant and Soil Science
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Natural Resources and Environmental Science Natural Resources and Environmental Science