AgMag Jr. Ideas
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Where Does your Cheeseburger Come From? Poster
- Where Does Your Pizza Come From? Poster