UCCI Courses

Chemistry and Agriscience
A-G Subject: Chemistry
CTE Sector: Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pathway: Agriscience

This course explores the physical and chemical nature of soil as well as the relationships between soil, plants, animals and agricultural practices. Students examine properties of soil and land and their connections to plant and animal production. Using knowledge of scientific protocols as well as course content, students develop an Agriscience research program to be conducted throughout the first semester of the course. To complete that whole project each student will investigate and test an Agriscience research question by formulating a scientific question related to the course content, formulating a hypothesis based on related research, conducting an experiment to test the hypothesis, collecting quantitative data, and forming a conclusion based on analysis of the data. The result of this research program is an in depth research and experimentation paper that is technically written, based on scientific protocol, and cited using APA formatting.  Additionally, students develop and present a capstone soil management plan for agricultural producers, demonstrating their knowledge of the soil chemistry content learned throughout the course. Throughout the course, students are graded on participation in intracurricular FFA activities as well as the development and maintenance of an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program.

Curriculum Materials

Access instructional materials for Chemistry and Agsicience. Make a copy of any document (or download the entire GoogleFolder) to modify the curriculum to meet the needs of YOUR students. Add to the folder by sending your version of any document to Carolina.Reyes@ucop.edu.

Need more course adoption support? Well, then check out this useful Ag Series Standards Map, which shows where UCCI course content meets key CTE Agriculture and Natural Resources and NGSS standards, as well as Science and Engineering practices.

Materials were compiled/developed at the UCCI Teacher Exchange, Pleasant Grove on August 3-4, 2015.

Related Resources: 

Better understand the course flow by reviewing the course description.

Get a jumpstart with soil background info, soil quality tools and soil data/ maps from the USDA NRCS.

For the land-use planning project, check out this blog of current news and the FAO Guidelines for Land-use Planning textbook.

Get tips on how to structure research projects with the the National FFA Agriscience Fair Handbook.

On water from the EPA and make your own aquifer model great lesson plans from the National Groundwater Association.