SCHOOL TO FARM LESSONS
A variety of general agriculture worksheets taken from our Farm & Forest Activity Book. Select which pages are most appropriate for your class.
- From A Family Farm Near You (5 minute video)
A tour of a dairy farm to see where milk comes from
- Follow Milk's Journey From Farm To Table (5 minute video)
How milk gets from the cow to the store and safety precautions along the way
- A Day Without Dairy
In this lesson, students will create, read, and interpret graphs relating to the economic importance of the dairy industry and be challenged to understand the economic consequences of a day without dairy.
- Cow to You: A Virtual Visit to Two New England Dairy Farms, Made Possible By: New England Dairy & Food Council
Help your students make a personal connection to the people and families responsible for producing the nutritious dairy products they enjoy every day. Students virtually visit two Vermont dairy farms through online - 360-degree videos that let them explore on their own as they learn how New England dairy farmers care for their cows and help protect our environment with sustainable farming practices and 21st-century technology.
- Tapping Into Maple Tradition
NHAITC program offering videos, a poster and lessons
- Nature's Factory at Work
Students will learn about the layers of a tree trunk, discover the process of photosynthesis and learn about the water cycle. Also explore solutions and evaporation.
Students will describe the physical properties of materials and observe physical and chemical changes as they learn about the ingredients in pancakes and how maple syrup is harvested from trees.
- Looking Back, Thinking Forward
Learn about the maple sugaring process - the equipment and its changes over time, climate, and technology. How has it changed through history and what might it look like in the future?
- Tapping Into Maple Tradition video
- Maple From the Sugar House Educators' Resource Guide
- Bartering Through the Seasons
Students will learn about the seasons, become familiar with the process of wool production, and explore how trade and barter have historically allowed people to satisfy their needs and wants.
- From Wool to Wheel
Students will investigate the importance of wool in colonial America and compare and contrast the differences between processing wool then and now. Students will spin, weave, and dye wool and watch videos illustrating how wool was processed in colonial times and how it is processed today.
- How to Harvesting Wool – Amazing Sheep Factory – Wool Processing Mill
- The Honey Files – A Bees Life
A 16 minute video on how honey is made
- Buzzy, Buzzy Bee
Students play a game in which they pretend to be honeybees and apple trees. In the process, they learn about plant pollination.
- Honey Bees: A Pollination Simulation
Students will identify the parts of a honey bee, the stages of its life cycle, and its role in pollination.
- How Does Your Garden Grow?
Students synthesize what they know about soils, plants, and the environment to plan a garden, present their plans, and explain why they made the decisions that they did.
- Magic Beans and Giant Plants
Students will plant seeds and make considerations on which conditions affect plant growth. They will design and conduct experiments using a problem-solving process and compare and contrast to understand the parameters which influence the health and growth of living things.
- Plant-Soil Interactions
Students will discover how plants and soils interact by observing root growth, considering the function of a plant’s roots, modeling the movement of water into the roots, and investigating the movement of water and nutrients throughout the plant.
- Plants Around You
Students will categorize plants into groups, describe what plants need for healthy growth, and start their own garden by planting seeds inside a cup.
- Who Grew My Soup?
Students will identify the source of the food they eat and investigate the processes and people involved in getting food from the farm to their spoon.
- NH My Plate
- NH My Plate template
- Who Grew My Soup Educators' Resource Guide
- Corn Educators' Resource Guide
- Illinois Corn Ag Mag
- How Do Apples Grow? Educators' Resource Guide
- Interactive Apple Ag Mag
- Caring for the Land
Students will explain why people have different opinions regarding soil management and identify cause and effect relationships relating to agriculture and the environment.
- Nutrients for Life
Five STEM lessons teach plant and soil science, while using gardening to make the lessons fun, interactive, and educational. Intended for elementary science grades 3-4.
- Seed Soil Sun Educators' Resource Guide
- Inside the Egg, Hatching Chicks
Students will learn about biology by studying embryo development in chicken eggs.
- From Chicken Little to Chicken Big
Students will identify different breeds of chickens, examine physical characteristics, and determine the stages of a chicken's life cycle.
- Hatching Science with Classroom Chicks
Students will explore how an embryo develops inside of a chicken egg over time, discuss life cycles and other natural cycles, and observe similarities and differences between parents and offspring.
- American Egg Board
A variety of lessons
- Egg Processing Video
AND THERE'S MORE . . .
- Farmer George: The Seeds of a Presidency
Students will read two books and pursue a process of inquiry to profile George Washington, understanding and evaluating the personal characteristics that made him a great leader while also exploring historical and modern food systems.
- Test Tube Hydroponics
Students will investigate the importance of nutrients for plant growth and discover how plants grow without soil by growing and observing plants in a test tube hydroponic system.
- Discover Christmas Trees
This lesson is composed of six learning activities to teach about the Christmas tree. Science, history, and geography topics are used to explore the history of the Christmas tree, life cycle of a conifer, types of trees and how they adapt, work on a Christmas tree farm, and the ecology of conifer trees.
- Pumpkins...Not Just for Halloween
Students will learn a variety of subjects including history, science, nutrition, and math through the study of pumpkins. Activities include estimating the size and weight of pumpkins, sprouting pumpkin seeds, and making pumpkin pie in a bag.
- Corn an A-maizing Plant: Food, Fuel and Plastic
Students will examine the growth, composition, history, and uses of corn through a close reading activity, discussion of renewable and non-renewable resources, and hands-on exploration of bioplastics made from corn.
- Horse and Rider
Students will explore the role that horses have played in culture and history by learning about draft horses in agriculture and mapping Pony Express stations across the state of Utah.