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“Hero for the Hungry” Educator’s Guide

This guide was developed to accompany the book, Hero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug. Hero for the Hungry is a moving and informative biography of the 20th-century American agriculture scientist whose innovations in crop varieties founded the Green Revolution and fed hundreds of millions of people around the world.

There are 13 lessons for grades 6-10.

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!

Farm to Food Truck Challenge - Content Packet

Use this guide to gain background and contextual understanding of the Farm to Food Truck Challenge!

Farm to Food Truck Challenge - Student Guide

Use this resource with your students as they participate in the Farm to Food Truck Purple Plow Challenge!

Cattle Ranch Riddle Challenge - Lesson Packet

Use this lesson guide as you begin implementing the Cattle Ranch Riddle Challenge!

Cattle Ranch Riddle Challenge - Student Guide

Use this guide with your students as they start the Cattle Ranch Riddle Purple Plow Challenge. 

Cattle Ranch Riddle Challenge - Facilitator Guide

There are multiple factors at play and many cattle ranchers must consider many things when running their operation. Today’s beef is produced using fewer resources than ever before, but there is still more to be done. Through this challenge, students will become more aware of the intricacies of beef production. After thoughtful research to evaluate how these challenges exist globally, nationally, and locally, students will design, test, and demonstrate a solution that optimizes production as well as economic, environmental, and social needs.

Protect the Pollinators Challenge - Lesson Packet

This lesson packet walks through the lessons for the Purple Plow Protect the Pollinators Challenge. 

Farm A Month: Where Does Our Food Come From? Educator’s Guide

This Pre K – Elementary resource includes 12 activities that each feature a different commodity (one per month for a year) and 12 letters from farmers who own that type of operation. Commodities featured: maple syrup, popcorn, peaches, pears, apples, pumpkins, turkeys, cranberries, cheese, lettuce, oranges and grapes. The resource also has suggested snacks and books for each activity. Great for teachers to incorporate agriculture every month into their classrooms! 

Protect the Pollinators Student Guide

What can we do to sustain or improve pollinator well-being? Use this student guide to learn about the Purple Plow Protect the Pollinators challenge!

Student Reflection Sheet: Purple Plow

Allow your students to reflection and react to their Purple Plow experience using this guide!

Bringing Biotech to Life - All Lessons

“Bringing Biotechnology to Life” is a resource for science educators and others interested in learning more about biotechnology and its role in food production. This unit of instruction addresses national learning standards for 7th–10th grade, yet the interest level may be much broader. 

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