Sunday, January 16, 2011

November...Fertilize, Fertilize, Fertilize

In November I thought we could take an opportunity to learn about crop nutrients.

The fall is an important time for farmers.  Harvest is almost done and many farmers are thinking about replenishing their fields with nutrients.

The class and I started out our conversation with talking about the nutrients needed to grow crops in large amounts.  We talked about 4 Macro nutrients (nutrients needed in large amounts by plants)
Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Sulfur.  I brought in samples of products we put on fields to increase field concentration of these nutrients such as Urea and Manure as a Nitrogen source, Mono-ammonium phosphate and  MicroessentialsSZ as Phosphorus products, Potash as a Potassium Source, and Ammonium Sulfate as a source of Sulfur.  We also talked about what plants look like when they are lacking each of these nutrients.

After our quick lesson we played a game called Tic-Tac Agriculture where the kids got to test their knowledge on what they just learned.  I found some great templates for power point games on the website  There were many different options to create games of your choice to make learning and teaching about a variety of topics very fun!

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