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National Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix


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Global Trade and Interdependence

Students will examine the impacts of the Columbian Exchange and identify the economic and cultural impacts of contemporary global agricultural trade. They will also explore how food choices influence patterns of food production and consumption.

Herbs and Spices of the World

In this lesson students will recognize the difference between a spice and herb, learn how herbs and spices are grown on farms around the world, and participate in a culinary challenge to season popcorn for various cultural cuisines.

The Columbian Exchange of Old and New World Foods (Grades 3-5)

Students will explore New World and Old World food origins to understand how the Columbian Exchange altered people’s lives worldwide.

The Columbian Exchange of Old and New World Foods (Grades 6-8)

Students will explore New World and Old World food origins to understand how the Columbian Exchange altered people’s lives worldwide.  

The Columbian Exchange of Old and New World Foods (Grades 9-12)

Students will explore New World and Old World food origins to understand how the Columbian Exchange altered people’s lives worldwide.  

The QUEST for the Whole Enchilada

This lesson utilizes a process learning model to recognize how the Columbian Exchange and early Spanish explorers impacted the culture and cuisine of the Southwest United States. Students will participate in a food lab to make enchiladas and learn about the production of each ingredient.