AgMag Fall 2017-2019 Lesson & Activity Ideas

Lesson Ideas

Cruisin for a Bruisin

In this lesson students will learn that product packaging is a balance between function, food safety, and economics by designing a protective package for shipping perishable fruit. Each package will be presented to the class for evaluation, and the best design will be shipped to test the product's durability.

Career Trek

Students will explore careers in the fields of agriculture and natural resources through online research. They will check their understanding by playing Career Trek—a board game that requires students to identify careers in agriculture and natural resources.

Signficant Surroundings

In this lesson, students will identify basic animal behaviors and hypothesize what causes them. Students will also discover the responsibilities of an animal physiologist.

Agricultural Regions in Minnesota — AgVenture

Students learn about Minnesota's vegetation, soil and growing patterns and how they influence the crops grown in regions of our state.

Apple Taste Testing — AgVenture

Students will explore the factors that influence consumers' decision with the food they buy and eat.

Chain of Food

Students will explore the path food takes along the Farm-to-Table Continuum. They will begin on the farm and investigate food safety issues during processing, transportation, at restaurants and supermarkets, and finally, in their own homes. Teams will identify how food can become contaminated along the continuum and develop and present strategies for preventing contamination at each step

Activity Ideas

  • Identify students' favorite foods and research how each food or ingredient moves through the steps of the agricultural cycle (production, processing, distributing, marketing and consuming).
  • Give students a list of agricultural career pathways and have them create a poster about a career they might be interested in.
  • Students can create their own "state seal" that represents them, using their own favorite agricultural products and items

Additional MAITC Resources


Whoa

What is it?

What Is It?
  • Answer
  • Sunflower - Minnesota is the nation's 6th-largest sunflower-producing state. Sunflower seed can be crushed for oil, used for birdseed or for a variety of food products.

Cool

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Soybeans: 1 acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.

Joke

What do you get when you cross a cow with a trampoline?

  • Answer
  • A milkshake!