One of the objectives of the National Forage & Grasslands Curriculum is to provide lessons that are in a relatively standardized format. The outline below summarizes the format that will be used for lessons that become part of the National Forage & Grasslands Curriculum.
- Overview or Synopsis of the Lesson
- Instructional Objectives
- Test / Quiz Questions
- List of Images
- Lab Activities
The Lecture portion of the lessons will be organized according to the following outline.
The introduction should stimulate awareness and interest in students. It should also begin to make the material relevant to students.
Each lesson will be subdivided into a number of brief topics. For example, within a lesson on forage fertilization, one possible topic would be the role of N in the forage plant.
Within each topic there should be a number of well organized and clearly defined concepts or principles that are crucial to understanding the topic at hand. Where appropriate, links to images or examples should be provided in this section.
Applications / Activities related to the Topic
This section will provide suggestions for hands-on activities or applications related to the topic that could be included within a one-hour lecture period. An example of an activity would be to provide students with actual samples of hay and silage and have them compare and contrast characteristics of the two. An example of an application would be to have students calculate how much dry matter is contained in a sample of silage versus how much dry matter is contained in a comparable sample of hay.
This section of the lecture should list key terms associated with the topic. Ideally, each of these terms will be linked to a separate glossary page.
These questions should be integrated into the topic concept sections with key words and concepts linked to a question screen that will allow students to test their understanding and/or retention of concepts.
Image / Graph / Data Table Links
Images, graphs, or data tables should be used to illustrate concepts within the topic concept sections. Images may be displayed as thumbnail sketches or accessed through text links to separate screens.
This pattern should be repeated for each successive topic within a given lesson.