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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics, English Language Arts

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Abandoned Farmland Restoration

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  • This resource details an important climate solution that positively impacts the environment and is projected to improve food supplies and food security, increase profits for farmers, reduce land clearing activities, and sequester carbon. 
Teaching Tips


  • This article is a concise explanation of a complex concept. 
  • Students will benefit from the text features included in the article, which include helpful headings and sidebars that do a good job of summarizing the concepts. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have basic knowledge about the carbon cycle, climate change, and human impacts on the environment. 


  • This resource could easily be integrated into a science, math, social studies, or language arts class.
  • After reading this article, have students brainstorm ways to implement the changes outlined in the article in a nearby community. 
  • As an extension, have students research where farmlands like those described in the article are located. If any are in their area, students can advocate for policy or funding changes that would support restoring these abandoned fields.
  • Math, science, and economics classes can evaluate the methods used in this article to understand the many factors that were taken into account when coming up with this report.
Scientist Notes
This is a brief overview of how farmland restoration can sequester carbon and slow the effects of climate change. A solution to restoring farmland is presented along with a methodology, results, and discussion section. This proposal is a great way to get students thinking about what else can be done to combat climate change and how thinking outside of the box by restoring the land can lead to great changes in their communities. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • RST.9-10.1 Accurately cite strong and thorough evidence from the text to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to precise details for explanations or descriptions.
      • RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas, themes, or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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