Free Resources & Lesson Plans

Downloadable activities and lesson plans about agriculture and links to more agricultural education materials. For even more suggestions check out our Food & Ag Resource Guide.

Educator Guides   |   Grades 9 - 12

Extreme Heat: Heat Waves, Drought and Agriculture

The “Extreme Heat: Heat Waves, Drought and Agriculture” educator’s guide brings together a series of activities developed by the education office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, along with resources developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, to provide a comprehensive exploration of how weather and drought impact agriculture.

2018 Resource Catalog

This PDF catalog showcases all of the Foundation's resources through 2018.

|   Grades 6 - 8

Dive In! Exploring the Science of Water & Food Production

Welcome to Dive In! Exploring the Science of Water and Food Production, a water education resource for teachers and volunteer educators.  These Problem-Based Learning methods will engage students in the science of water and food production. Questions include:

  • Why do we need water? 
  • Where does water come from?
  • Is all water the same?
  • How can we responsibly use water?
  • How can I be involved with water?

Educator Guides  

Feeding Minds Cultivating Growth Educator’s Guide

This lesson plan series has been designed to help students learn about American agriculture from the perspective of one of their peers; but this time their peer is a character in an agriculturally based novel.These resources were developed with the middle-school educator in mind; the three selected books are appropriate for middle-school readers, and the content lends to important discussion about issues relevant to young learners. The resources reinforce an accurate image of the agricultural industry, as determined by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA), while inviting students to explore important concepts related to personal growth. Regardless of your primary subject area, you have an opportunity to support learning with these fun, relevant resources!

Lesson Plans   |   Grades 8 - 8

Lean Beef – An Important Part of Adolescent Growth

Written by On The Farm participant Chris Schau, Student and Family Engagement Specialist, Clark County School District, Henderson, NV

Summary: Within the 8th grade study of nutrition, these lessons will focus on how the consumption of lean beef can contribute to an adolescent’s health and wellness

Educator Guides   |   Grades 11 - 12

Teacher’s Guide to The Man Who Fed the World

How do we cultivate a sustainable future for Earth’s growing population? What role does agriculture play in ensuring food security? These are questions students will answer as they study The Man Who Fed the World. The teacher’s guide to the book contains modules and instructional materials designed to help high school students examine the elements of sustainable international development efforts, specifically with respect to the role agriculture plays in spurring economic transformation and growth in developing countries. Through reading The Man Who Fed the World, a biography about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug by Leon Hesser, students gain a firsthand account of the Green Revolution. The selected readings from the book illustrate a concrete example of a past international development effort for students to analyze from multiple perspectives, including its impact on food production, economic transformation, government policies, technological research and development, and the environment. At the end of the lesson, students will articulate a position, informed by fact, regarding how modern agriculture can be applied to sustainably accommodate Earth’s growing population through future development efforts.

The Guardian Team Lesson Plans

This educator guide accompanies the book "The Guardian Team," a winner of the AFBFA Book of the Year Award. 

Find the book here.

Educator Guides   |   Grades 6 - 8

Discover Ag Careers

The resources in this kit are based on each career focus area. Each area includes: 

  • One lesson that introduces students to the career focus area and associated career opportunities
  • Three standards-based, interdisciplinary supplemental activities that each feature a different career from that area
  • One take-home activity sheet that introduces students to another career from that area through a fun, engaging activity

The resources are designed to focus on one career focus area each month during the school year. If you choose to follow this structure, we recommend having a weekly career day. The main lesson is presented the first week of the month, followed by the three supplemental activities

Make it a complete kit! Get the 9 Ag Career Posters and the Name that Ag Career Card Game!

Activities  

Goodnight Tractor

These fun free downloadable activities are a perfect follow up to reading "Goodnight Tractor"!

Lesson Plans   |   Grades 7 - 10

Bringing Biotechnology to Life

Brought to you by The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in partnership with the International Food and Information Council Foundation, www.foodinsight.org

Answers questions: What is DNA?; What is selective breeding? How can we examine DNA?; What is biotech?; How do researchers compare DNA?; Where would we be without "GMOs"?; How is biotech used? 

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