# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Introduction to Agriscience Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Introduction to Agriscience (8002/6 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Opportunities through FFA

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Becoming Oriented to Agriscience

  1. Identify class rules, safety precautions, and procedures.
  2. Explore the vast diversity of agriculture, agriscience, and agribusiness.

Describing Agriscience

  1. Explain the importance of agriculture to Virginia, the United States, and the world.
  2. Describe the impact of agriculture on the economy.
  3. Identify the key factors that have shaped the agricultural industry.
  4. Describe the interdependency of agriculture and other segments of society.
  5. Identify current research and development activities in agriculture.

Introducing Plant and Animal Life Cycles

  1. Explain functions of plant systems.
  2. Identify basic requirements for plant growth and development.
  3. Explain the economic significance of various plants and animals to the community.
  4. Define basic animal terminology.
  5. Identify basic requirements for animal growth and development.

Introducing Agricultural Mechanics Technology

  1. Explain the importance of agricultural mechanics technology.
  2. Identify basic laboratory safety procedures.
  3. Describe new agricultural engineering technologies.
  4. Use basic hand tools for woodworking.

Introducing Ecology and Conservation

  1. Explain how organisms and the environment work together.
  2. Identify conservation measures.
  3. Describe how agriculture and the environment are interrelated.
  4. Define the term natural resources.
  5. Describe the seven natural resources and their importance to the environment.
  6. Explain the water cycle.
  7. List sources of water.
  8. List uses of water.
  9. Discuss threats to water quality.
  10. List important water conservation practices.
  11. Explain where local water comes from.
  12. List methods for conserving water in home use.