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Food and Farm Facts Activities Guide: 4-6

These activities were designed for 4th to 6th grade learners to accompany the 2021 Food and Farm Facts Book. Activities range from 20-45 minutes and are great to further learning.

How To Grow A Monster Educator’s Guide

This guide was developed for teachers and volunteers to accompany the book, “How to Grow a Monster,” a part of the Makers Make It Work series. This book ties into the popular Makers Movement, focusing on problem-solving, hands-on activities, and gardening. These 7 activities explore science, literacy and math for kindergarten through 3rd grade learners.

The Bug Girl Educator’s Guide

This educator’s guide was developed for teachers and volunteers to accompany the book, “The Bug Girl.” This guide is best for first to third grade learners and explores bugs and women in science. The 8 activities cover science, math and literacy.

Honeybee Educator’s Guide

This guide was developed for teachers and volunteers to accompany the book, “Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera”. The lessons are best for grade levels 1-3 and explore the lifecycle of a honeybee, pollination, and honey!

Barn At Night Educator’s Guide

This guide was developed for teachers and volunteers to accompany the book, Barn At Night. Best for K-2 learners, the standards-aligned lessons explore the types of animals found on farms and how farmers care for them.

Fall Foods Ag Mag

In this Ag Mag, we look at the foods we grow in the fall. Explore how farmers grow and gather these foods and learn why the seasons are vital to the way we eat. Let’s get started!

Animal Housing Matching Card Game

In this card game, learners will learn that farmers care for their animals by learning about the housing conditions of different animals in agriculture. Students are challenged to match the animal to where it lives. Includes 20 playing cards. Best for PreK through 2nd-grade learners. 

Purple Plow | Go With the Flow Challenge

When rain falls or snow melts, it does not simply stay in one place or seep into the ground to replenish groundwater; most of it begins to move. When water flows over land, it is called surface runoff, and it is an important part of the water cycle, but have you ever wondered where your runoff is running off to? What’s in your runoff? What is the runoff doing to the environment once it has settled? Around the world, there are more than 400 dead zones in oceans and lakes, where the water contains so little oxygen that aquatic life can no longer survive. In large part, this is due to excess nutrient pollution found in our runoff as a result of home, agricultural, and industrial practices as well as population growth. In this challenge, students will learn about the impact of runoff in rural and urban areas and its effects on the environment as well as plan for solutions to this growing issue of dead zones, hypoxia, and overall water quality.

Purple Plow | Protect the Pollinators Challenge

Through this challenge, students will become more aware of the important role pollinators play in our daily lives and how to help protect the various populations

Purple Plow | Save the Soil Challenge

With the challenge of losing over 3 billion tons of fertile topsoil each year, design a prototype and construct a system that will reduce topsoil erosion

Purple Plow | Growing Green Challenge

In this challenge, students will learn about energy and they will design, build and share a solution that diversifies energy consumption

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The Faces of Agriculture | Lesson

Use key terms to describe the diversity of the agriculture industry

Surprising Soil | Lesson

Students will learn about soil types and discover how matter moves through the ecosystem

Peanuts and Nitrogen | Lesson

Discover how peanut plants are good hosts for bacteria that fix nitrogen into a consumable form

Historical Role Play | Lesson

Demonstrate the evolution of agricultural practices over time, focusing on improvements in technology and changing use of animals in agricultural production

Hands, Horses & High Tech Machines | Lesson

Learn the importance of machinery and equipment in helping farmers to increase their productivity of food and fiber

Energy and Agriculture | Lesson

Make the connection between energy and agriculture and identify sources of energy

Commodity Investigation | Lesson

Develop and deliver a brief presentation on a selected commodity using supporting resources

My American Farm | App Lesson Plan

Step by step guide to using the My American Farm app in the classroom.

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