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Agroforestry - Trees at work on the farm

Lesson Overview:

This lesson is designed to introduce to students some of the management decisions and advantages of incorporating agroforestry into a farming enterprise. Agroforestry aims to achieve the dual purpose of improving the sustainability of the farm land asset with the added benefit of producing a financially profitable commercial timber product. The incorporation of trees on farms produces shade and shelter for pastures, crops and animals which positively impacts on their yields, improves water quality and positively addresses soil degradation issues such as erosion and salinity.

The teaching and learning resources utilise a number of teaching strategies and activities including brainstorming sessions, Kahoot! quizzes, physical modelling of plantation orientations, designing an field trial experiment, poster presentations, viewing up to date Australian multimedia agroforestry case studies, and graphing activities. By engaging in this topic, teachers will be able to educate students on an important and practical way of incorporating more trees into farming enterprises for a farms triple bottom line - benfits for economic, social and environmental areas of the farm enterprise.

Curriculum Links:

Australian Curriculum
ACSSU112: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs
ACSIS124: Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge
ACSIS125: Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed
ACSIS126: Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy
ACTDEK032: Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable
ACTDEK044: Investigate and make judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre.

NSW BOSTES Agricultural Technology

4.4.1: Examines the impact of past and current agricultural practices on agricultural sustainability
4.4.2: Identifies aspects of profitability, technology, sustainability and ethics that impact on management decisions
5.4.1: Evaluates the impact of past and current agricultural practices on agricultural sustainability
5.4.2: Evaluates management practices in terms of profitability, technology, sustainability, social issues and ethics
5.5.1: Designs, undertakes, analyses and evaluates experiments and investigates problems in agricultural contexts

Year Level/s:

9, 10

Key Curriculum Areas / Subject:

Science, Design and Technologies

National Curriculum Codes:

ACSIS124, ACSIS125, ACSIS126, ACSSU112, ACTDEK032, ACTDEK044

Strand Content Description:

Science

  • ACSIS124 - Identify questions and problems that can be investigated scientifically and make predictions based on scientific knowledge
  • ACSIS125 - Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed
  • ACSIS126 - Measure and control variables, select equipment appropriate to the task and collect data with accuracy
  • ACSSU112 - Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions.

Design and Technologies

  • ACTDEK032 - Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable.
  • ACTDEK044 - Investigate and make judgments on the ethical and sustainable production and marketing of food and fibre.

General Capabilities:

Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Literacy, Numeracy, Personal and Social Capabilities

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Sustainability

Curriculum Connections:

Geography, Science, Science - Agriculture

ScOT Catalogue Terms:

Agriculture, Beef Cattle Production, Biodiversity, Carbon capture, Controlled tests, Critical Thinking, Data Analysis, Data Collections, Data Representation, Dependent variables, Ecosystems, Environmental Impact, Environmental Sustainability, Erosion, Experiments, Farming, Forest farming, Forestry, Habitats, Independent variables, Modelling, Natural Resources, Plantations, Primary Industry, Resource Management, Salinity, Science, Scientific Inquiry, Sustainable Development, Timber, Trees, Water catchment area, Water Resources

Theme/s:

Forests - Ecology and Natural Processes, Forestry - Sustainability and Certification, Forest Futures - Carbon Renewable Resources and Innovation

Resource Type/s:

Primary: Lesson Plan

Secondary: Senior Workbook

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Agroforestry - Trees at work on the farm

Teacher Resource

Teacher Guide - Agroforestry

This teacher guide outlines all activities, timings, additional resources and sample answers for the student workbook Agroforestry - Trees at work on the farm.

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Student Workbook - Agroforestry

The student workbook provides a photocopiable resource for teaching and facilitating the activities within Agroforestry - Trees at work on the farm. Sample answers to the questions within are found in the accompanying Teacher Resource.

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