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Topic: Agricultural investigations 

Agricultural Education

 Standard 11.  Understands procedures used in conducting agricultural investigations
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Knows basic medical tests and procedures performed in the agricultural sciences (e.g., analyzing a urine sample, taking an x-ray)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows basic medical tests performed in the agricultural sciences
     2.Knows basic medical procedures performed in the agricultural sciences
     3.Knows that urine samples are analyzed in the agricultural sciences
     4.Knows that x-rays are taken in the agricultural sciences
   Benchmark 2.Understands procedures involved in collecting soil samples and performing soil analyses (e.g., testing for nutrients in horticultural science)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands procedures involved in collecting soil samples
     2.Understands procedures involved in performing soil analyses
     3.Understands procedures involved in testing for nutrients in horticultural science
   Benchmark 3.Understands practices of collecting and examining plant and animal samples commonly used in the agricultural sciences (e.g., collecting tissue samples and examining them with a microscope, collecting stool samples and checking for a parasite)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands practices of collecting plant samples commonly used in the agricultural sciences
     2.Understands practices of collecting animal samples commonly used in the agricultural sciences
     3.Understands practices of examining plant samples commonly used in the agricultural sciences
     4.Understands practices of examining animal samples commonly used in the agricultural sciences
     5.Understands procedures involved in collecting tissue samples and examining them with a microscope
     6.Understands procedures involved in collecting stool samples and checking for a parasite
   Benchmark 4.Understands procedures commonly used in the wildlife, natural resource, and forestry vocations (e.g., detecting soil/water contamination, collecting plant samples to determine diversity of plants in an area)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands procedures commonly used in the wildlife vocations
     2.Understands procedures commonly used in the natural resource vocations
     3.Understands procedures commonly used in the forestry vocations
     4.Understands procedures involved in detecting soil and water contamination
     5.Understands procedures involved in collecting plant samples to determine diversity of plants in an area
   Benchmark 5.Understands methods of documenting test results (e.g., keep a medical log for an individual animal, writing a lab report)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands the importance of documenting test results appropriately
     2.Understands that a medical log should be kept for individual animals
     3.Understands procedures involved in writing a lab report
   Benchmark 6.Understands procedures for calibrating, adjusting, and maintaining laboratory equipment (e.g., microscopes, scales)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands procedures for calibrating laboratory equipment
     2.Understands procedures for adjusting laboratory equipment
     3.Understands procedures for maintaining laboratory equipment
     4.Understands procedures for calibrating, adjusting, and maintaining microscopes
     5.Understands procedures for calibrating, adjusting, and maintaining scales