SAE Central

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is a critical activity for student success and a vital component of an agricultural education program. We have resources to help teachers teach about SAE.

Lesson Plans

Teaching SAE lessons in the classroom is a critical step to ensure awareness and initial planning of SAE programs by all students. This is especially true as ag education programs serve more students who aren’t on a traditional, multiple-year career tract in agricultural education.

The following eight lessons and corresponding PowerPoint presentations are developed to engage student interest and involvement in SAEs. These lessons are written with a broad definition of SAE in mind. Review and modify as needed to suit the philosophy of SAE in your program.

Also included are lessons from FFA’s LifeKnowledge® initiative and links to SAE lessons on the Internet at the time of the handbook’s release. The entire field of agricultural education is enriched when multiple, high-quality resources are available to its teachers.

Sample Lesson Plans


Life Knowledge Lesson Plans

Advance High School

High School

Middle School


Documenting SAE programs and helping students learn to keep accurate records is important.

Videos

View different videos that allow students to see different types of SAEs and what is involved in each SAE.

Sample Proficiency Awards

Below are samples of high-quality, completed forms for agriculture teachers and FFA advisors to offer students as examples of superior level work for classroom and FFA activities. These samples are not intended to show how to win awards but rather how to effectively communicate about SAE programs, goals and outcomes, especially to those outside of agricultural education and FFA

These samples are not intended to show how to win awards but rather how to communicate about SAE programs, goals and outcomes, especially to those outside of agricultural education and FFA.


American Degree Example and Helpful Hints


Agriscience Examples & FFA Scholarship Examples


Common Skills

SAE Visits and Assessments

The term “Supervised Agricultural Experience” strongly implies this activity is to be supervised. The supervision normally (but not always) is done by the agriculture teacher.


Assessment Tools

Combining SAE programs in the academic assessment of students’ success in the agriculture classroom can be a challenge, and with today’s emphasis on standards and testing quality, assessment tools are necessary. Use these tools for your program, or as starting blocks to build your own. Also included is a summary of research between SAE programs and student success to use as a reference when discussing the issue with parents and administrators.

Sample Assessments

Grading Policy Samples