Posts Tagged ‘Soil Science’

New Resource: High School Interactive Lessons

Monday, February 29th, 2016
  As an organization that tries to make teaching about soil nutrients as easy as possible, we are excited to provide a new, supplemental resource: Interactive Lesson Plans! Interactive Lesson plans are ready-to-go slide decks that correspond to the Foundation’s Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century curriculum. Available via download, the Interactive Lessons provide enriching visuals and interactive opportunities for students to gain a deep understanding of soil and crop nutrients. Take a look... (more…)

NSTA in the Windy City!

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Chicago is always a great place to visit and this year the National NSTA conference was held in the windy city. The conference ordered some beautiful weather that put the teachers attending in the mood to learn and take home new ideas for their science classrooms. (more…)

New Resource: High School Curriculum Update!

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
 Nutrients for Life Foundation Launches New Science Curriculum for High School Students Attention teachers! We are excited to announce the unveiling of the second edition to our Smithsonian-reviewed high school curriculum, Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century. This resource supports our mission to promote soil science in the classroom and teach students about the basic aspects of plant biology as it relates to food production. (more…)

From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil Launch in Review

Friday, May 2nd, 2014
Exactly one month ago, we launched our middle-school focused educational program with Discovery Education! From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil is designed to highlight the importance of soil, soil nutrients and soil science to sustainable global plant and crop growth. (more…)

New Resource: Potash Video & Potassium Cycle Poster

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
The Nutrients for Life Foundation is proud to provide its latest free education resources: The Potash Mining Video and Potassium Cycle Poster. Every plant needs three basic elements to grow nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Potassium (K) is important to plants because it acts as a regulator. It helps plants efficiently use water, transfer food, and protect against structural stress. If a plant is deficient in potassium, it is much more susceptible to stunted growth and disease. K is found naturally in soil, but sometimes must be replaced, especially after years of growing plants on the same land. So where do we get the K in fertilizer that provides all these great benefits? From mining potash in deposits of ancient evaporated inland oceans. To learn more, watch The Potash Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uujIepkI6Ow   Also, check out our new Potassium Cycle Poster available free through our website. It is so meaningful for science classes to expose students to natural biogeochemical cycles, such as the potassium cycle. Even if students are unable to recall every aspect of the potassium or phosphorus cycle months after your class, the concept of the cyclical nature of earth’s major resources is an essential concept for tomorrow’s generation.   Mineral weathering, plant residues, animal sources, and fertilizers supply K to the plant roots. In some soils, mineral weathering primarily supplies enough potassium to provide sufficient amounts of K, with help from plant residues, biosolids, and animal sources. However, continual use of the soil for crops or gardening can deplete potassium faster than natural weather and other sources can replenish it. Runoff, erosion, plant harvest, and leaching can be causes for potassium loss. In those cases, potassium fertilizer can restore amounts. We hope these new resources invigorate your soil science lessons and are a helpful addition to your classroom! Keep up with the Foundation- Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube 

Helping Communities Grow Informational Webinar

Friday, October 5th, 2012
ATTN: FFA Advisors and Chapter Presidents Want to learn more information about Nutrients for Life’s Helping Communities Grow program? Tune in to our informational webinar! Monday, October 22, 2012 Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time – OR – Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (more…)

A Teacher’s Book List on Gardening and Agriculture

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Rhoda Switzer, a teacher at an independent Montessori school in Maryland, recently created a comprehensive book list about agriculture, gardening, and everything in between for a Nutrients for Life workshop at the Maryland Association for Outdoor Education Conference (MAEOE).  As a whole, children today know less and less about where their food comes from and what it takes to get food on the table.  But teachers like Rhoda Switzer are working to educate students on the importance of agriculture in their day-to-day lives.  In the spring, her students work on Lesson 5 of our Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century elementary curriculum:  Planning a Garden.  Ms. Switzer sees the value environmental education, such as having a vermicompost bin as a classroom pet and integrating environmental lessons into her classes.  Her school is also developing and installing a new playground for the school, in which they aim to have certified as a Nature Explorer space through the Arbor Day Foundation, and maintaining a butterfly garden.  Below is an excerpt from her book list; do you have other books to suggest for teaching soil science? (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Program Expands to California

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
We are so excited to announce the expansion of the Nutrients for Life Foundation's Helping Communities Grow program is open to FFA chapters in California. (more…)