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Welcome to the wonderful world of machines and mechanics! Chances are you’ve been in a car at some point this week. You’ve probably seen a grown-up using a kitchen gadget, such as an electric mixer or a toaster. We see machines every day! They make many of the tasks we do easier. But did you know that farmers and ranchers rely on machines every day to get their job done? Machines help farmers and ranchers care for animals and work the land while conserving our resources. Many of the complex machines we know today have evolved because of the understanding of six simple machines: a pulley, a lever, a wedge, a wheel and axle, an inclined plane and a screw.
You must navigate your tractor through the maze of this field to the silo, where you will store your grain! Farmers today use GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to carefully navigate through their fields. A computer in the tractor connects to a satellite to guide the tractor!
Welcome to the Farmers Market! The wonderful items you see are advertised as “locally grown.”While there is no clear definition for “locally grown”, the term usually refers to food grown within your state, or within 400 miles of your location. The term “locally grown” is mostly a way to market food from a farmer directly to a consumer. This type of marketing helps put a face to our farmers. Look at the items for sale at the Farmers Market. Use this information to solve the following problems. Don’t forget to show your work!
This is an activity that is fun to do at home with your family. To get ready, have an adult help you find a map of the area you will be traveling. This may be a local city map, a state map, or even a country map if you are going on a long drive. Ask your family if it is ok for you to draw on this map. You’ll want to put a star near every interesting point.
Investigate the illustration below, and read the short biography about the ranching family. Stewardship practices are ways that someone takes care of the land, resources and environment. Without looking back at the story, try to recall as many stewardship practices as possible.
Animal agriculture provides nutritious food options for you and your whole family! Check out the nutritional information on each product, and use this information to solve the math problems below!