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Discovering Farmland - Agriculture Curriculum for Grades 9-12

In January 2017, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance launched their Digital Exploration and Interactive Lesson Plans as part of their Discovering Farmland curriculum, which is based on the award-winning documentary, “Farmland, a film by James Moll.” Building off the four free lesson plans, these new activities further inspire students in urban areas to gain real world insights and understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown and raised.

• The Digital Exploration allows students to investigate food product label claims by choosing a specific product from virtual grocery store shelves featuring produce, meat and cereal. Typically taking 15-20 minutes, students can move at their own pace as they learn about various topics.

• The Interactive Lesson Plans are PowerPoint-based lessons that support interactive whiteboards and other 21st century learning tools. Teachers can access a range of dynamic, interactive classroom lessons (up to two 45-minute class periods each) designed to engage high school students in exploring critical issues impacting the agriculture industry. It includes two science and two social studies lesson plans.

• The SMART Farm Virtual Field Trip explores innovative technologies in agriculture that allow today’s farmers and ranchers to produce our nation’s food. Prepare your students for the Virtual Field Trip with our standards-aligned activities designed to cultivate classroom conversations and prompt students to dig deeper into today’s world of farming and ranching.

To access additional Discovering Farmland resources, visit www.discoveringfarmland.com. For questions about Discovering Farmland, contact Paul Spooner at pspooner@usfraonline.org

Download teacher lessons

Gardening in a Glove
A fun way to teach students how plants grow.

Supplement to Breads Around the World
PowerPoint presentation

Supplement to Trading Favorites
PowerPoint presentation

Agriculture Ziplocs®
PDF of fun ag projects using Ziploc® bags.

Literacy the Ag Way
PDF (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D.)

Wow What A Dairy Cow Jeopardy
PowerPoint (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D.)

Cheeseburger Jeopardy
PowerPoint (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D.)

Are you Smarter than a 5th-grade Farm Kid?
PowerPoint  (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D.)

Nursery Rhyme Ag Songs
PowerPoint (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D.)

The Very Hungry N.D. Caterpillar book and lesson
Book, in PDF
Book, in Publisher
Book with graphics, in PDF
Book with graphics, in Publisher
Lesson

Birch Bark Journal painted with soil
Word Document (Compliments of Jill Vigesaa & Ginger Deitz, facilitators of FLP educator workshops)

Harvest in the U.S. breadbasket
PDF (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D., musicmovesmyclassroom@yahoo.com)

Little Red Hen PowerPoint
Power Point 2007 (Windows 7 version of Power Point document Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D., musicmovesmyclassroom@yahoo.com)

Potato Power
PDF (Compliments of Cheryl Bombenger, educator, Fargo, N.D., musicmovesmyclassroom@yahoo.com)

Cows to Cheeseburgers
PDF

Special Assignment Pizza
PDF

 Agriculture is Ageless
30.5 MB PowerPoint presentation. To save the presentation to your desktop, right click on the link and click "Save target as".

Books

Apples

Hooray for Orchards by a Bobbie Kalman Book
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Beans

Why the Brown Bean was Blue by Susan Pankey
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Bees

Hooray for Beekeeping by Bobbie Kalman
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
How do Bees make Honey? by Anna Claybourn
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Magical School Bus - Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Corn

Corn - What it is, What it does by Cynthia Kellogg
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Corn Belt Harvest by Raymond Bail (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Cows

A Field Guide to Cows by John Pukite
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Amazing Grazing by Chris Peterson
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Cow by Jules Older
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Extra Cheese Please by Chris Peterson (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Hooray for Dairy Farming - a Bobbie Kalman Book
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Life on a Cattle Farm by Judy Wolfman
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Amazing Milk Book by Catherine Ross and Susan Wallace
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
When Cows Come Home by David Demarest
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Cranberries

Cranberries by William Jaspersohn
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Cranberries, Fruit of the Bogs by Diane Burns
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Eggs

The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Garden

The Victory Garden Vegetable Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallota and Bob Thompson
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

General Agriculture

A Picture Book Farm Animals by Mary Scott
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
A Prairie Alphabet by Yvette Moore
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
A World of Holidays - Kwanzaa by Darin McBeth Walton
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Ancient Agriculture by Michael Woods and Mary B. Woods
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Century Farm by Chris Peterson
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Cook-A-Doodle-Do by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Eyewitness Books by Farm
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Farming by Gail Gibbons
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Farms and Farmers Activity book - by Linda Inman
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
From Brainy to Zany by Kids Activity Book
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Fun Facts About Farm Animals by ERTL (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Fun Facts About Farm Crops by ERTL (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Fun Facts About Farm Equipment by ERTL (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Fun Facts About Farm History by ERTL (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Happy Birthday by Gail Gibbons
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Harvest Years by Chris Peterson (3 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Heartland by Diane Siebert
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
If You're not from the Prairie by David Bouchard
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Joel Grows up a Farm Man by Patricia Demuth
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Picturepedia by Food and Farming (2 copies)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Potatoes, Popcorn, Pigs - Three Theme Units by Linda Holliman
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
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Subjects:
Sodbuster by David Trout
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Sodbuster by David Trout
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Book of Farm Animals by Felicity Everett
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Book of Tractors by Caroline Young
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Day of a Country Veterinarian by Gail Gibbons
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Tractors and Other Farm Machines
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Truck Song by Diane Siebert
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
We Learn About Farms by Sharon MacDonald (activity book)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Pasta

More Spaghetti I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Siggy's Spaghetti Works by Peggy Thompson
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Pigs

Life on a Pig Farm by Judy Wolfman
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Popcorn

The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Popcorn Dragon by Jane Thayer
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Potatoes

Potatoes by Sylvia A. Johnson
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Amazing Potato Book by Paulette Bourgeois
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Pumpkins

Grandma's Smile by Elaine Moore
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Jack-O-Lanterns by Lola M. Schaefer
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Kids Pumpkin Projects Deanna F. Cook
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Pumpkins - (Book of Pictures)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin by Stan and Jan Berenstain
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Seeds

Seeds Poems by collected by John Foster
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Sheep

Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie de Paola
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Hooray for Sheep Farming - a Bobbie Kalman Book
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Sunflowers

Sunflower by David M. Schwartz
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Wheat

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban (activities available)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Everybody Bakes Bread by Norah Dooley
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
From Wheat to Flour by Wheat Food Council
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Glorious Grasses - The Grains by Meredith Sayles Hughes
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
I Wonder How Bread is Made by Neil Curtis and Peter Greenland
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Loaves of Fun by Elizabeth M. Harbison
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie de Paola (activities available)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carne
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Peanut Butter and Jelly by Nadine Bernard Westall
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Peanut Butter, Apple Butter, Cinnamon Toast by Argentina Palacios
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord (activities available)
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
The Story of Wheat by Activity Book
book
For Primary School
Subjects:
Tony's Bread by Tomie de Paola
book
For Primary School
Subjects:

Instruction Resources

Barley

There's Barley in There
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

Beans

Dry Beans: Ag in the Elementary Classroom
video / lesson plans
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Our Pride is Growing
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

Beef

"Cattlemen Care About Animal Welfare" ND Stockmen's Association - The Story of ND Feeder Cattle
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
"Cattlemen Care About Beef Safety" ND Stockmen's Association- The Story of ND Feeder Cattle
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
"Cattlemen Care About the" Environment ND Stockmen's Association- The Story of ND Feeder Cattle
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Interactive game (grades 4-6)
beefo bingo cards (set of 30)
For Primary School
Subjects:
Where Beef Comes From
video (Indiana produced)
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

Consumer Education

"Puzzlement" - where our clothes come from.
thematic lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Corn

"Crazy about Corn"
video
For Primary School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
"Renewable Resources* Captain Cornelius", grades 3-4
video / lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Science, Language Arts, Health
"Sherlock Holmes & The Mystery of Pollution Solutions"
video and guide
For Middle School
Subjects: Science, Language Arts, Health

Cotton

"Cotton's Journey From Seed to You"
video, lesson plan, samples
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Cranberries

"All 'Bout Cranberries"
lesson plan
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Dairy

Make Mine Milk
video
For Middle School
Subjects:
Milk from Cow to You
poster
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Where Milk Comes From
video (Indiana produced)
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

Economics

Commodity Challenge - (Chicago Board of Trade)
project
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

Eggs

Adventures with the Mighty Egg
lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
The Amazing Egg Book
book
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects:
The Incredible Journey from Hen to Home
lesson plan
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Environment

A Slice of Soil - 60 second public service announcement
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Caretakers All
hands on lessons
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Desert Soils - Unlocking the Past, Understanding the Future
video
For Middle School
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Green Gold- From the Maya to the Moon
video
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Soil and Water Conservation puzzles
reproducible materials
For Middle School
Subjects: Science, Language Arts
Soil, Who Needs it?
video
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects:
Things we can Learn from a Cow and a Worm
poster and lesson plan
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Visit to a Green Planet
comic book
For Middle School
Subjects: Science, Language Arts

General Agriculture

tech watch
For High School
Subjects: Science
10 Things Kids Want to Know About Farming
video
For High School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
A Glossary of Farm Terms (USDA)
booklet
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Social Studies
Agricultural Aviation
lesson plan
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Agriculture's Air Force
video / thematic guide
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Bring Technology to Life
video
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Science
Farm Facts
lesson plans / graphs / overheads
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health
Special Assignment: Pizza
lesson plan / activities (4-5)
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Math
Tractors, Combines, & Things on the Grow
video
For Primary School
Subjects: Social Studies
Tractors, Cotton Pickers & Things Kids Wear
video
For Primary School
Subjects: Social Studies

History

History of American Agriculture
poster
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
History of our flag by Vane Scott
video, grades 1-4
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

Honey

Focus on Honey
notebook
For Middle School
Subjects: Science, Language Arts
The Honey Bee
twelve study posters
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Science
The Honey Files- A Bee's Life
video / lesson plan
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
What's Buzzin'
video
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Science, Social Studies

Language Arts

The Munchsters talk about food
lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects:

Livestock

Cows Tails & Trails
book
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Language Arts
Livestock Breeds of the United States
book
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Science, Social Studies
Livestock Breeds of the United States
poster
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Science, Social Studies

Nutrition

5 a Day Adventures by Society for Nutrition Education
interactive CD and lesson plans
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Dig In!
lesson / activities
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Dining with the Dinosaurs
lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Language Arts, Health
Eat Well Grow Strong
poster
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Health
Fit for a King
video / lesson plan
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Fueled for Flight
lesson / video
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science
Take a Cook on the Wild Side
video / lesson plans
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
The Safe Food Journey
poster
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Health

Peanuts

Introducing the No-nut Peanut
lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Popcorn

Focus on Popcorn
notebook
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Language Arts
Popcorn
sequencing set
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Pork

Food Fun for Kids
lesson plans
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Pigtionary
booklet
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Science, Language Arts

Potatoes

Fresh Potatoes
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Spectacular Spud
lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Safety

Buckle Up
lesson plan
For Primary School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Science

"Science"
student research project
For Middle School
Subjects: Science
Digging for Data
video / lesson / scientific inquiry
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Science in your Shopping Cart
lesson / video
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Soybeans

New Uses For Soybeans
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Science, Health
So-ya Want to Know About Soybeans
lesson plan
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Soy Biodiesel Chemistry Ed Kit
lesson plan / education kit
For High School
Subjects: Science
The World of Soybeans
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Science, Health, Social Studies
Why the brown bean was blue
book / lesson plan
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Science, Language Arts, Health

Statistics

Census of Agriculture
lesson plan
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Statistics Aren't Static
information
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies

Sugar

"Facts" on Sugar
brochure
For Middle School
Subjects: Science
Nature's Sweetener Processing/Nutrition
video
For Middle School
Subjects: Science, Health
Sugar Science- Photosynthesis to Food
lesson plan
For Middle School, High School
Subjects: Science

Wheat

"Amazing Wheat" The story of wheat
video
For Middle School
Subjects: Math, Science, Language Arts, Health, Social Studies
Books About Bread
book list and activities
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Language Arts
Comparison of flours
bread pictures
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Durum, Semolina, Pasta
sample
For All Grade Levels
Subjects: Science
Flour Milling
bubble display
For Primary School, Middle School, High School
Subjects: Science
North Dakota Mill
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Pasta Primers
book list and activities
For Primary School, Middle School
Subjects: Language Arts
Pasta: The Inside Story
video
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:
Wheat grinder
wheat grinder
For All Grade Levels
Subjects:

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