Class guidelines and syllabus:

Prep Period: 10:48-11:41  (period 4)

Agriculture Education - FFA - Supervised Agriculture Experience

The agriculture department is comprised of three areas; the classroom, FFA, and supervised agriculture experiences (SAE).  Please see the buttons below for a list of Ag Ed classes offered at CHS.  Students may choose to be an active FFA member through CHS but must be enrolled in an agriculture class in order to be a member.  All students will have a SAE, this must be conducted outside of class time and can consist of a job experience or project that they spend at least one hour per week on.   

 

Courses & Descriptions

Exploratory Agriculture

Half year ½ credit (alternates M, W, F or T, TH)

Prerequisites:  None – developed for 7th and 8th grade students

Exploring the agriculture industry from a local level to agriculture in the world, touching on both plant and animal process is exploratory Agriculture.  The course is an overview of the agriculture department, FFA, and Supervised Agriculture Experiences (SAE). 

 

Animal Science

Full year 1 credit

Cap: 15 students

Prerequisites:  None

Large animal agriculture is the focus; encompassing the anatomy, nutrition, and management of cattle, equine, sheep, swine, and chickens.  This course will also explore the meat science industry along with society’s response to animal welfare. 

 

Range & Environmental Sciences

Full year 1 credit

Cap: 15 students

Students in this science class will conduct an in-depth study of range management, crop production, crops, pests and diseases,  as well as, in water quality, land description, soil sciences, and alternative energies.  Students completing this course will have a strong foundation for continued studies in emerging fields such as alternative energies. Students will explore these areas through a combination of classroom activities and field studies.

 

Metal Fabrication I

Half year ½ credit

Cap: 16 students

Prerequisites:  None

This is a hands on opportunity for students to gain skills in a traditional welding course.  Students will design and fabricate metal projects.  The class will cover the safety practices followed in the work environment.  Competency will be gained in tap and die, tool conditioning, cutting, soldering and welding processes. 

 

Metal Fabrication II

Half year ½ credit

Cap: 16 students

Prerequisites:  Metal Fabrication I

This is a hands on opportunity for students to gain skills in a traditional welding course.  Students will complete brazing, SMAW, GMAW and TIG welds in the horizontal and vertical positions.  This class is offered as a dual credit with MSU Northern offering 4 credits.  This class also covers Safety & Health, which is a 1 credit dual credit with MSU Northern.  Students will also receive a certificate from MSU Northern stating they’ve completed Safety & Health, which meets the requirement for the apprenticeship program. 

 

Ag Mechanics

Half year ½ credit

Cap: 16 students

Prerequisites:  None

Students will work with internal combustion engines.  They will look at ignition, carburetion, governors, compression, lubrication, crankshafts, cylinders and bearings, tools, hydraulic systems, and electric motors.  Other units may include, basic rigging (one dual credit with MSU Northern), surveying, legal land descriptions, and repair & maintenance.  At the end of the semester the students will have the opportunity to complete in project focusing on one of the units from class.  

 

Ag Design

Full year 1 credit

Cap: 12 students

Prerequisites:  Metal Fabrication I or Construction

Students will design and complete eight projects focusing on using pallets, rebar, barn wood, plasma cutter, horse shoes, center piece, and a project of their choice.  Students will identify the design elements used in each project.  

 

Structural Construction

Full year 1 credit

Cap: 12 students

Prerequisites:  None

Structural construction is becoming a more important skill set to have in Montana.  This class will provide the students carpentry skills, interior and exterior.  This class will learn to read blueprints as well as determine site layout. Units include concrete, tool safety, blueprint reading, residential electrical, drywall & taping, and framing.

 

Senior Project

Full year 1 credit

Cap: 12 students

Prerequisite:  Senior plus three of the following classes:  Metal Fabrication I and/or II, Ag Mechanics, Animal Science, Range & Environmental Science, or Structural Construction.  Preference given to students who have been involved in additional agriculture education courses. 

This class will develop a team working environment intended for seniors.  This class will design and build projects.  Integrated throughout the year we will look at business management practices and financial resources.  This class is associated with Youth Entrepreneurship and will conclude with a Market Day.  

Ms. Allen

7-12 Agriculture Education / FFA Advisor

allenr@chinookschools.org

Ag Experience Tracker (SAE)

Montana FFA

National FFA