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

AgMag Jr. Fall 2017-2019 Lesson & Activity Ideas

Lesson Ideas

Source Search

In this lesson students will learn that agriculture provides nearly all of the products we rely on in any given day by participating in a relay where they match an everyday item with its "source."

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.

Agriculture Pays

Students will recognize that agricultural careers are interconnected and that agriculture influences many parts of their daily lives.

My Farm 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.

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.

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.

Pizza Time

This lesson uses pizza as a basis for learning about agriculture, geography, and mathematics.

Activity Ideas

  • Challenge students to find additional items in their home and school that are connected to agriculture. Facilitate an "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.
  • Invite local agriculturalists (farmers, ag businessmen and women, chefs ,etc.) to your classroom to discuss their connections to agriculture.
  • Teacher's Grab Bag: Recipe for Corn Putty
    Play with it like clay, and then watch it become liquid again.
    • 1 cup cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water
    • food coloring

      Instructions: Blend mixture with fork. It should flow when the bowl is tipped but feel solid when you touch it. If it's too thick, add a little water. If it's too runny, add a little cornstarch.

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