AgMag Jr. Ideas

Lesson Ideas

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This lesson allows students to participate in a relay that emphasizes the concept that agriculture provides nearly all of the products we rely on in any given day.

http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=4&search_term_lp=Source%20search

Minnesota Apple Pie

This lesson leads students to discover where apples and other agricultural crops grow in Minnesota and to identify some of the geographical conditions that had to be overcome for apples to grow here.

http://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/fft_lesson.cfm

My Agriculture Web

Students will use visual representations to explore the role of agriculture in daily life and to understand relationships between different aspects of agriculture and the individual.

http://maitcsocialstudies.wikispaces.com/file/view/MyAg%20Web%20.pdf/357066412/MyAg%20Web%20.pdf

Journey Around Minnesota

Through the use of relative location words and a map of Minnesota, young children begin to understand the spatial relationship of items on a map and how a map represents a place in our world.

http://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/fft_lesson.cfm

A Day without Agriculture

Students learn about the wide scope of agriculture, explore the variety of agricultural products in their daily lives, and discuss the difference between needs and wants.

http://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=104&grade=0&search_term_lp=%20agriculture

Activity Ideas

  • Challenge students to find additional items in their home and school that are connected to agriculture. Facilitate a “Ag Show and Tell” that allows students to share the items they collected and identify the agricultural connections.

  • Use the pizza on page 4 of the AgMag Jr. as a starting point for discussing foods and food ingredients that are grown on farms. Create a Minnesota Grown menu that features foods and ingredients grown in our state. If space, time and funds allow create a snack using locally grown products. The Minnesota Grown website is a great resource for this activity. http://minnesotagrown.com/

Additional MAITC Resources 

Agriculture is Everywhere Poster

Great fun facts that students love, including a handy map of key Minnesota agriculture crops and animals.

http://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/materials_poster_ag.cfm

Where Does your Cheeseburger Come From? Poster

http://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/materials_poster_burger.cfm

Where Does Your Pizza Come From? Poster

http://minnesota.agclassroom.org/educator/materials_poster_pizza.cfm

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!