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  

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!

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.

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? 

Lesson Plans  Online Learning   |   Grades 9 - 12

Sustainable Agriculture Lesson plans


Sustainable Agriculture Lesson Plans are for grades 9-12 with the goal of increasing students' knowledge about the social, economic, environmental, and production components of sustainable farming and ranching in the 21st century.  
 
At the end of each lesson, students will complete an Online Learning Experience that corresponds with the respective lesson plan. 

Lesson Plans   |   Grades 3 - 5

Peanut Activity Cards

Learn all about peanuts in this collection of 12, easy to implement 3rd-5th grade lesson plans/activities

Lesson Plans   |   Grades K - 6

Agriculture & The Environment

Last updated in 2012 - The “Teacher’s Guide on Agriculture & the Environment” for grades 6-9 is designed to show how most agricultural and environmental issues involve trade-offs. All decisions need to be supported
by reliable, science-based information that is implemented carefully and in a practical manner.

Dive Into Water Careers!

Water careers online learning experience. This tool is to be used to support Lesson Plan 5 of Dive In! Exploring the Science of Water and Food Production.

Activities   |   Grades Pre-K - 3

Farm to Cart

This printable board game introduces PreK-Elementary players to the general process for the production of various agricultural products. Players will become aware that farmers use land in different ways to grow crops.

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