SAE Project Outline 8th Grade
(Supervised Agricultural Experience)
Name _________________ Plan Due: 2/11/11 Research Paper Due: May 6th Project Due: May 17th
What is a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)?
A project designed to encourage students to learn more about an area of interest to them in agriculture.
1. Complete the SAE plan and turn it in for approval.
2. Pick a topic/project that is of interest to you and will be enjoyable to complete!
3. A minimum of 10 hours outside of class must be spent on this project.
4. This project will make up 15% of your grade.
5. Present the project to the class. You must have a visual aid and present for approximately 3 minutes.
6. All projects must include a project summary, record of hours, and a list of skills learned.
7. All projects must include an Informational/Research paper. The paper should be a minimum of 2 pages
(typed, double spaced, 12pt font) and include 3 sources (1 source from the suggested source list) and a works
8. Pictures of the project are required for any projects that involve construction. Please take pictures during
construction, not just at the end.
Potential SAE topic areas
Animal Health Animal Science
Ag. Mechanics Biotechnology
Natural Resources Plant Science
Wildlife And any other topic related to Agriculture!
SAE Project Idea Suggestions
1. Start your own business
example: build and sell bird feeders, make and sell corsages, plant and sell blueberries, etc.
a. Develop a business plan
- What are you going to sell? How are you going to get started? What is your timeline for
completion of each step? How are you going to market your product? Who is your target
b. Explain how your business has grown and developed.
2. Conduct an Experiment
examples: research plant fertilizers, alternative fuels, etc.
a. Hypothesis – What do you expect to find out doing this experiment?
b. List of supplies needed.
c. Keep a journal/log of the experiment data and results.
d. Results – What did you find out?
e. Why do you think the experiment turned out the way it did?
f. What would you change about the experiment if you were to do it again?
3. Build/Design a Product
examples: floral arrangements, sawhorse, design and plant a flower garden, landscapes, etc.
a. Turn in what you built/designed and/or pictures of the final product and its construction. A
video tape or power point presentation are also options.
4. Teach a topic or procedure to a group.
examples: teach a 4-H group how to use parliamentary procedure, set up and guide a field trip to a
greenhouse or dairy farm, etc.
a. A videotape, power point presentation or pictures of the experience with captions.
5. Raise and care for an animal or plant.
a. Explain the basic needs of the animal or plant.
b. What are the signs of health both good and bad?
c. What are the common illnesses or diseases?
d. What are the costs associated with raising the animal or plant?
6. Informational Document
examples: compare different colleges and choose one, types of dogs, how to care for a salt water
a. A 5 page paper, typed and double-spaced, 12 pt. font
b. At least 3 different sources, one source must come from the list of suggested sources
a. Must contain 20 slides, 75% of slides must be content based.
b. at least 3 different sources, one source must come from the list of suggested sources
7. Volunteer or Job Shadow
examples: Volunteer at a humane society, animal shelter or other business. Job shadow at an
agricultural business, horse barn, etc.
a. Keep a journal of the experience.
b. Provide information about the institution/business.
Ex: create a videotape, power point presentation, or gather information into a binder.
8. Any other agriculture related project, talk to the teacher about your plan.
Grading Criteria Exemplary (10) Proficient (7) Apprentice (4) Novice (1)
Student submitted a
A Project Plan
project plan that clearly The student submitted a
E The student submitted a The student submitted a
explained the goals and project plan, but the
Failing to submit a project plan, but it was project plan description,
purposes of the project. goals or purposes of the
P project plan will result not completed by the but had no goals or
The plan was also project were not clearly
l in an incomplete on the due date. purposes.
approved by the explained.
SAE Topic Research
(Points x 3 = 30 See Attached Scoring Criteria
P The student documented The student documented The student documented The student documented
r at least 10 SAE hours of 7-9 SAE hours 4-6 SAE hours less than 4 SAE hours
o challenging and challenging and challenging and challenging and
g Project Hours meaningful activities meaningful activities meaningful activities meaningful activities
r that are educational in that are educational in that are educational in that are educational in
a nature & NOT nature & NOT nature & NOT nature & NOT
m recreational recreational recreational recreational
o The student submitted a The student submitted a
The student submitted a
c typed, 1 page summary typed, 1 page summary
typed, 1 page summary The student submitted a
u of the SAE project, but of the SAE project, but
of the SAE project. The un-typed summary of
m the summary failed to the summary failed to
Project Summary summary included the SAE project and/or
e describe one of the describe one or more of
current project progress, was less than 1 page in
n following: project the following: project
application, and future length
t progress, application, or progress, application, or
i future goals future goals
P The student completed a
r visual summary of their The student created a The student created a
The student created a
e SAE program that display that did not visual display, but it
visual display that did
s Visual Display contained pictures and clearly explain their was not neatly
not show any visual
e evidence of their project and did not organized and did not
n involvement which include captions enhance the presentation
t included captions
a The student clearly The student verbally The student verbally The student did not
t explained their SAE explained the SAE for at explained the SAE, but delivered a verbal SAE
i Verbal Explanation program and what they least 3 minutes, but did did not clearly describe explanation that was
o had learned for at least 3 not explain learned their project & learned less than 2 minutes in
n minutes skills skills length
The student supplied The student supplied The student supplied The student supplied
C Project Checks records for all of the records for 3 of the SAE records for 2 of the SAE records for 1 of the SAE
o SAE checks checks checks checks
n The student completed
The student completed
f at least 10 NEW skills The student did not
7-9 NEW skills on the The student completed
e on the skills & completed less than 5
skills & competency 5-7 NEW skills on the
r competency page. The NEW skills on the skills
page. The student also skills & competency
e Final Check student also documented & competency page and
documented any page. The student also
n any financial is missing required
financial investments did not complete all of
c investments and pages from the record
and complete all require the record book pages
e complete all require book.
pages of the record book
s pages of the record book
SAE Research Paper Scoring Rubric
Grading Criteria Exemplary (3) Proficient (2) Apprentice (1) Score
F Typed, 1-1 ½ pages in
Typed, at least 2 pages in
o length and/or does not The student completes a
length, 12pt font (Arial
r Length/Appearance utilize 12pt font (Arial or paper, but it is less than 1
or Times New Roman).
m (x2) Times New Roman). May page in length and/or is
1 inch margins, double
a also contain excessive, not word processed.
t inappropriate spacing
u Has AT LEAST 3 Has AT LEAST 3 reliable
Has AT LEAST 1
i reliable sources (ie sources (ie Proquest,
reliable source (ie
d Proquest, MCIS, Google MCIS, Google Scholar,
Proquest, MCIS, Google
e Works Cited Scholar, website website containing a .gov,
l (x2) containing a .gov, .edu, .edu, or a university
containing a .gov, .edu,
i or a university extension) extension) cited, but did
or a university extension)
n cited utilizing MLA or NOT use the appropriate
e APA format. MLA or APA format.
6 Focused, clear, specific.
Some really good parts, Just beginning to figure
+ Ideas & Content It keeps the reader’s
some ideas not there yet. out what to say.
The words get the
W Extremely clear, visual, message across, but don’t
r and accurate. Used capture the reader’s
Confusing. The readers
i vocabulary relevant to attention. Words might be
Word Choice is often asking “What did
t the topic. Attempted to used that are not
they mean by this?”
i utilize new and engaging consistent with the
n words. vocabulary defined by the
About halfway there. A
T number of bothersome Numerous grammar and
r Conventions Mostly correct. There
mistakes need cleaning up. spelling mistakes, which
a (Grammar) are very few errors.
Should have been distract the reader.
t Not shaped yet. The
s Paper does not flow
paper is jumbled and
Clear and compelling. smoothly. Seems
confused. Does not
Organization Contains an introduction, segmented. Lacks a clear
contain a clear
body, and conclusion. introduction, body, and
introduction, body or
The tone of the paper is
consistent with the topic The reader loses interest The author does not
(ie technical, emotional, due to a lack of credibility understand the topic of
powerful) and by the author. The author the paper and does not
demonstrates knowledge did not convince the provide evidence of their
and credibility. The reader of their knowledge knowledge through
voice is compelling to the of the topic. appropriate writing.
Varied and natural. The Routine and function. Paper needs work
sentences are close and Some sentences are because there isn’t
delightful to read out choppy and awkward, but enough sentence sense
loud. most are clear. yet.
SAE Project Plan
Name Hour(s) Teacher(s)
1. Select a project area. (check one)
Production (MN animals, diseases/management) Production (plants, diseases/management)
Placement (employment/work experience) Entrepreneurship (business ownership)
Research (experiments, surveys, etc.) Improvement (environment, repair, construction)
Communications (video, radio, brochures) Horticulture (Landscape, Lawn or Gardening)
Exploration (Skill development, interviews) Natural Resources (Wildlife, Forestry, Soils, etc.)
2. Describe your SAE project. (you may continue on the back if needed)
3. Outline the steps involved in completing your SAE.
4. Describe 3 goals you would like to achieve as a result of your SAE project.
5. The final SAE project will include the following: (Check all that apply)
Power Point Slide Show Science Fair Project Model
FFA Proficiency Application FFA State Degree Application Web Page
Video & Script Business Plan Handbook
Invention/New Product Surveys & Results Charts & Graphs
Display Construction Plan & Project Research Paper
I have read the school academic dishonesty policy and understand plagiarism.
SAE Hours Sheet
Date What did you do and/or learn? Earned #Hours
Total $ Total Hours
How do you feel about your progress these past couple weeks? Do you feel you are ahead, behind or right on
track with your work? List 2 reasons why you think this is so.
What is the next step you need to complete for your SAE?
What percentage of your SAE do you have completed? (check one)
0% 1-25% 26-50% 51%-75% 76-99% 100%
What questions do you have for the teacher about your SAE project?