The lesson introduces young students to farming and their food’s journey to their plates. Students are generally excited to learn about farms and farm animals, but are not able to connect these ideas to the process of food going from the farm to their tables. The lesson also details the various challenging work that takes place on farms. If possible, it is recommended students enjoy a field trip to a nearby farm and experience hands-on farming chores. The lesson be can used in conjunction with lessons related to nutrition or health.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Ask students: Where does food and drink come from?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Give hints for students to answer “farm”.
- Ask students: Have you ever been on a farm? What do you think farms are like? What do farmers do on a farm?
- Allow students to share their experiences if they have ever visited a farm, tell what they know about farms, and other information. Introduce Farms and Food.
- Distribute Farms and Food content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. During the lesson, it is highly recommended resources, like videos, be used to bring the farm “alive” to students, especially those who may not have experienced or have seen a farm. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions. Students may draw the pictures or glue images in the space provided. Distribute colored pencils or allow access to the Internet for images.
- Once students have completed the activity, allow students to share the steps with the class or a partner.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. Ask students to correct the false statements.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Students share their story, poem, or picture related to a farm and food.
- In closing, ask students: What do you think would be your favorite thing to do on a farm: prepare the soil, plant the seeds, pick the crops, milk cows, or something else? Why?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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