Purpose:The purpose of this lesson is to get the students on the internet and have them analyse and play with the statistics.
Objective: To access the internet and read charts and graphs of pesticides on vegetation To figure out the results of the data given
Materials: Web site- in Google: pesticide data program, notebook, and pencil
www.epa.gov/pesticides/food, see sample data sheet below.
1. Have each student or pair of students, depending on how many computers you access to, get to the Google site and find the pesticide data program.
2. As they find different charts, have them record the name of the charts and what they figure out is the results of each.
Conclusions: 1. What did the charts have in common?
2. What were the differences?
3. What did you learn overall from this lesson/activity?
1. Have the students remain in the pairs and look up the other Website www.epa.gov/pesticides/food and answer the following questions:
How does the government regulate pesticides?
What are the pesticide residue limits on foods/
Why may children be especially sensitive to pesticides/
What does “organically” grown mean?
What are the different types of pesticides on foods?
What health problems do pesticides pose?
What are some healthy, sensible food practices?
Conclusion: 1. What have you learned form the research?
2. Write a summary of your findings.
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The following is taken from an article on cleaning produce to eliminate or reduce its pesticide residue. This is a direct quote.