The Nutrients for Life Foundation (NFLF) and 4R Nutrient Stewardship have partnered on new 4R focused education resources. Students and teachers alike are eager to learn about nutrient stewardship and soil science! This week, NFLF released the 4R reader for 3rd and 4th grade elementary school students. The activity booklet introduces the 4Rs in a way that relates to the students’ lives: health and eating.

Through colorful comic strips and a class science experiment, students learn that eating the ‘right rate’ of a few peaches is healthy eating; however, two full plates of peaches is the wrong rate and is unhealthy. Students learn more about right source, rate, time and place through an analogy with eyesight and eyeglasses. Then, the booklet introduces soil nutrition. After reading about fertilizer and the 4Rs, students can perform a class experiment with the right and wrong nutrient sources, rates, time and place on grass. Finally, the booklet features badges that students can wear proudly proclaiming, “I know the 4Rs. Do you?”

NFLF has also featured 4R Nutrient Stewardship in their recent Feeding the World & Protecting the Environment piece. In this supplementary resource for advanced placement classes, future voters learn about essential plant nutrients, the 4Rs and study the fertilizer-manufacturing processes. Additionally, students consider various federal regulations, such as the Clean Water Act, in relation to fertilizer manufacturing. Finally, the resource provides labs, reading excerpts, and classroom activities relating to the advanced content.

The Nutrients for Life Foundation educates about the importance of responsible fertilizer use in growing healthy crops, increasing food production, and feeding a growing population. NFLF is proud to collaborate with initiatives such as 4R Nutrient Stewardship to reach a broader audience and provide science-based information on crop nutrition.