# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Introduction to Agriscience Task 811804343

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Identify conservation measures.


Identification should include
  • defining conservation
  • explaining why conservation is essential to the protection of the environment
  • listing methods of conservation
  • explaining the differences among renewable, exhaustible/nonrenewable, and inexhaustible resources.

Process/Skill Questions

  • What examples of conservation do you see taking place around you?
  • What conservation practices do you use?
  • What are examples of renewable, exhaustible, inexhaustible resources?
  • What current events are related to environmental issues?
  • What is the agriculture industry's role in conservation?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.
  1. Identify word origins and derivations.
  2. Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.
  3. Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.
  4. Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.
  5. Use word-reference materials.
  6. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.


The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, and poetry.
  1. Identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme.
  2. Describe cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.
  3. Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.
  4. Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.
  5. Describe how word choice and imagery contribute to the meaning of a text.
  6. Draw conclusions and make inferences using the text for support.
  7. Identify the characteristics of a variety of genres.
  8. Identify and analyze the author’s use of figurative language.
  9. Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.
  10. Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
  11. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.


The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.
  1. Skim materials using text features such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.
  2. Identify main idea.
  3. Summarize supporting details.
  4. Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.
  5. Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.
  6. Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).
  7. Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.
  8. Differentiate between fact and opinion.
  9. Identify cause and effect relationships.
  10. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  11. Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.


The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing.
  1. Engage in writing as a recursive process.
  2. Choose audience and purpose.
  3. Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.
  4. Organize writing to fit mode or topic.
  5. Write narratives to include characters, plot, setting, and point of view.
  6. Establish a central idea incorporating evidence and maintaining an organized structure.
  7. Compose a thesis statement for expository and persuasive writing.
  8. Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.
  9. Use transition words and phrases.
  10. Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.
  11. Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.
  12. Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.



The student will investigate and understand the natural processes and human interactions that affect watershed systems. Key concepts include
  1. the health of ecosystems and the abiotic factors of a watershed;
  2. the location and structure of Virginia’s regional watershed systems;
  3. divides, tributaries, river systems, and river and stream processes;
  4. wetlands;
  5. estuaries;
  6. major conservation, health, and safety issues associated with watersheds; and
  7. water monitoring and analysis using field equipment, including hand-held technology.


The student will investigate and understand public policy decisions relating to the environment. Key concepts include
  1. management of renewable resources;
  2. management of nonrenewable resources;
  3. the mitigation of land-use and environmental hazards through preventive measures; and
  4. cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies.