A.C.E. - Environmental Education

A.C.E. - Environmental Education

A.C.E. [Agriculture & Career Exploration]
This program offers 10th-12th grade students an exploration of the various Agriculture occupations with emphasis on entry level job skills. This work-study program is designed for selected students to explore agriculture related careers while getting first hand experience in the world of work. Students successfully completing various job shadow sites throughout the school year will have the opportunity to gain paid employment. While learning job skills, students will also gain knowledge in the areas of: employability skills, positive work habits, communication and interpersonal skills, basic floral design, landscape techniques, plant propagation and care, and general horticulture skills. Students will explore post secondary training by visiting Cuyahoga Community College and the Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. A.C.E. students become members of the FFA, and can join many professional organizations.

Weekly Assignments

Week #14 November 14-18

Holiday Designs and Feast Preparation

Learning Objectives: Students will make a seating chart, review needs, practice presentation for the Feast.  Students will begin to create holiday designs.

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Week #13 November 7-11

 Plant ID. Floral Basics.

Learning Goals:  Students will be able to complete a review ID test.  Students will be introduced to Holiday designs, identification of materials and steps for creating designs.

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Weeks #12 October 31-November 4

Holiday Designs: supplies, techniques, steps, salesmanship, use of cash register, packaging, delivery procedures. 

Learning Objective: Students will be able to construct, handle, care for, deliver and sell created designs.

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Week #11 October 24-28

Poinsettia Introduction

Learning Objective:  Students will study the history, facts, culture and care of the Poinsettia plant.  Students will participate in a personal hygiene activity.

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Week #10 October 17-21

Do you have what it takes to be successful?

Learning Objective:  First impressions.  Success.  Body language. OGT's

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Week #9 October 10-14

Deciduous Trees (part 2)

Learning Objective:  Students will continue to complete deciduous leaf collection and gain familiarity with specimens.  Students will complete any outstanding assignments for the first grading period.

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Week #8 October 3-7

Deciduous Trees (part 1) and Leaf Collection

Learning Objective: To properly collect and prepare a deciduous leaf collection for use as a study resource.  Students will include specific information for each of the 10 specimens.

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Week #7 Sept. 26-30

Fall Fest Preparation & Etiquette

Learning Goal: The students will work in small groups to complete a common goal.  Students will prepare displays for Fall Fest.  Students will continue to practice team work and participate in problem solving activities.

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Week #6 September 19-23

Deciduous Trees.

Learning Goal: The students will be able to list six functions of deciduous trees in the landscape, describe the cause of leaf loss, and create a leaf collection of 10 specimens.

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Week #5 September 12-16

Proper Mulching Techniques.

Learning Goal: The students will understand the benefits and proper installation techniques of mulch. Students will demonstrate proper preparation and installation techniques.

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Week #4 September 5-9

Parts of a Plant II.

Learning Goal: Students will describe the process of photosynthesis.  Students will understand the differences of root systems, leaf arrangements, and parts of the flower.

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Week #3 August 29-September 2

Parts of a Plant. 
Learning Goal: Students will list and describe the purpose of the four main parts of the plant and explain photosynthesis. 
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Week #2 August 22-26

What is Horticulture?  Careers in Agriculture.

Learning Goal: Students will draw on past experiences. Students will explore different careers in Agriculture and the expectations of each.  Students will compare and contrast the differences between given occupations.
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Week #1 August 15-19

Introduction to Environmental Education and the A.C.E. program.

Learning Goal: Students will be introduced to peers and staff.  Expectations and syllabus will be discussed. Students will participate in introduction activities. Students will be introduced to building and site. Students will participate in some introductory lessons in the greenhouse.
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