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Phenomena Teacher Idea Tool Kit
This toolkit is designed to offer ideas of anchor phenomena that could be used to create a coherent sequence of science lessons when working to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into the classroom. Ideas in this toolkit could also serve as phenomena for transfer tasks.
We’ve aligned each phenomena to the STEM teaching tools Practice #28.
True Beef: Pasture To Plate Educator Guide
Make the farm to fork connection with this series of lesson plans that supports the documentary "True Beef". This guide contains 8 lessons designed for the High School Culinary Arts or Family and Consumer Sciences program, however, STEM connections have been included for all lessons making it easy for teachers to make connections across the curriculum. The "True Beef" documentary was produced by Pflugerville Independent School District (TX) and is available for DVD purchase in the Foundation store
All About Beef App
The All About Beef App offers versions of “The Steaks are High” and “Grocery Grab” in one app. In addition to teaching nutrition and environmental facts, the apps also feature kid-friendly beef recipes.
WINNER 2015 Horizon Interactive Awards:
GOLD in Mobile Apps, Education & GOLD in Mobile Apps, Game
The Steaks are High
Ever wondered how your delicious beef got to your table? The “steaks” are high for farmers and ranchers who know the importance of caring for animals and the environent in the beef production process. Beef up your math skills as you play!
- Cattle production from cow-calf to feed yard
- Farmers care for animals
- Farmers care for the land
Become a master meal builder and grocery store expert! In this fun game you’ll beef up your nutrition knowledge.
- Beef Nutrition
- Confident buying skills
Beef Ag Mag Family Guide
This is a great tool for teachers and students in the classroom, but it is also fun for parents and children to dive into at home! Includes sections on beef breeds, nutrition, beef life cycle, career profiles, food safety, label reading information, and other suggested activities.
Beef Volunteer Guide
This resource is intended to equip classroom volunteers with relevant material to share important information about the beef industry with teachers, students and students’ families. In this resource, you will find four standards-aligned lesson plans that highlight important industry information while reinforcing key concepts taught in the classroom.
The Stage is Set for Beef
This lesson plan guides learners through the lifecycle of the beef animal, from cow-calf, to stocker ranch, to feed yard and finally processing.
Beef Up Your Nutrition
Learn about the power of beef in a healthy diet. This lesson plan guides learners through the process of creating a meal plan based on the My Plate guidelines, using beef as a lean protein source.
After School Resource Kit: Beef Education
Fun, quick activities that support learning after school or in an informal setting. Here are some fun activities for schools, teachers and families in your community to start the conversation about beef.
Immersive Experience Toolkit
Explore the 2016 On the Farm Author Experience and discover tips and tricks for hosting your own immersive experience.
Immersive Experience Templates
Download free templates to host your own immersive experience.
- Facilitator Agenda
- Participant Agenda
- State Organization Letter
- Application Template
- Acceptance Letter
- Confirmation Form
- Travel Form
- Lunch with a Farmer Invite
- Welcome Letter
- Thoughts and Starters
The Science of Beef Toolkit
Bring science to life with real-world applications of scientific principles. This kit contains 8 learning tools which support Next Generation Science Standards Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas.
Beef cattle eat grass for most of their life. They graze on grass that often could not be used to grow other crops. Learners will use math skills to determine the right pasture for each herd of cattle.
Built from Beef
Beef is one of the many products we get from cattle, but it isn't the only thing! Learners will discover how cattle biproducts provide many of the things we use every day.
Kid-Friendly Beef Recipes
Make dinner fun for all ages with kid-approved recipes that satisfy picky palates and grown-up sensibilities. Get the family together and enjoy mealtime with these free printables.
More Beef Resources!
How would you bring beef into your classroom? That’s what we asked alum of the 2017 On the Farm STEM events. Download these resources to spark ideas.
Other Great Beef Resources *
My Family’s Beef Farm
Explore this engaging eBook “My Family’s Farm”, written by Katie Olthoff. Published by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and Iowa Beef Industry Council.
Kits and Resources by the Iowa Beef Industry Council
Dig into resources for Family and Consumer Science teachers and elementary educators, as well as great nutrition information for schools.
NASCO Beef Basics Lesson
Check out these free downloads, including lessons, posters and worksheets, for use in the Family and Consumer Science Classroom.
* Internal links within this document are funded and maintained by the Beef Checkoff. All other outgoing links are to websites maintained by third parties.