Ag in the Classroom

Ag in the Classroom

Child Care & Preschool Lesson Ideas

Lesson ideas are available to teach even young kids about the importance of agriculture. These simple, hands-on activities make learning about agriculture loads of fun! Lesson areas include:

  1. All About Farms
  2. Chickens & Ducks
  3. Cows
  4. Horses
  5. Pigs
  6. Sheep
  7. Plants/Foods

 A Day Without Agriculture

Objectives:

  1. To provide students with an understanding of how agriculture touches them in their everyday lives
  2. To increase students' awareness about the use of agriculture products
  3. To increase students' ability to explain a concept to others and apply reasoning

Grade(s): K-3

Time: 30 minutes

 Pumpkins

Objectives:

  1. To increase students' understanding of the plan life cycle
  2. To expand students' knowledge of uses for pumpkins
  3. To increase students' ability to follow directions

Grade(s): K-3

Time: 30 minutes

 Where's Ice Cream Come From?

Objectives:

  1. To teach children that ice cream is made form milk and that mild is made by cows
  2. To teach children that milk is a source or calcium needed for good health and growth
  3. Observation of a liquid becoming a solid and to see the effects of salt on the temperature of ice

Grade(s): K-3

Time: 45-60 minutes

 Corn Ball Plastic

Objectives:

  1. To help students understand the depth of what agriculture touches in our daily lives
  2. To have students identify items that can be made from corn
  3. To educate students on wehre food and agriculture products come from

Grad(s): 3-5

Time: 60 minutes

 Bean to Bean

Objectives:

  1. To help students identify the 5 sub concepts of agriculture
  2. To allow students to construct a soybean life cycle
  3. To have students identify characteristics of organisms, life cycles of organisms, organisms and environments

Grade(s): 3-6

Time: 45-60 minutes

 

Hungry Planet

Objectives:

  1. To provide students an understanding of the role agriculture plays in feeding the world
  2. To expose studetns to international agriculture
  3. To increase students' abilities explain concepts to others and apply reasoning

Grade(s): 4-8

Time: 60 minutes

 

Chicken Embryology

Objectives:

  1. To have students identify and name the parts and functions of an egg
  2. Increase awareness of students in the lfie cycle of chickens
  3. To increase studnets' knowledge of where eggs come from

Grade(s): 3-6

Time: 30 minutes per week for 3 to 4 weeks

 Circle of Earth

Objectives:

  1. To teach studetns that natural resources are circular as we use them and they return to us
  2. To teach students to take care of these natural resources
  3. Increase ability to follow directions

Grade(s): K-3

Time: 45 minutes

Check out these other resources!

  1. Barnyard Chronicles - A series of online materials, storybooks and videos bringing agriculture and food production.
  2. Scrambled States of America - Book that uses humor to describe what each state is known for. This can be tied into social studies curriculum.
  3. Purdue ZipTrips - Electronic field trips for grades 6 to 8 with supplementary online video and 45 minute live interactive show.

*Check out the websites below for more ideas to use in your classroom. Some are even online, interactive lessons!

*Note that the websites above are not endorsed or supported by the Purdue Extension Service. They are for your resource only.

 

 

*For more information, or to schedule a class session, you may contact Kelly Scher at kscher@purdue.edu or call the Extension office at (765) 456-2313. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.

By Paul G Marcellino, County Extension Director
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