In this workshop participants will explore their local agricultural commodities to determine which ones are a good fit with their grade level science standards. A year-long Farm-To-Plate unit will be shared, and participants will be active learners as they explore:
• Crops (corn, wheat, sunflowers, sorghum): plant parts & needs, human and animal uses, baby vs adult, seed investigations, life cycle, and environmental concerns
• Animals: human uses, life cycle, baby vs adult, needs, environmental concerns, characteristics
• Technology: drones, ear tags, feeding/milking stalls, Tower Gardens, equipment
• Agricultural Careers
• Environment: bees, soil health
• Nutrition: Farm-To-Plate process, fresh vs frozen, local
Participants will play games, make projects, engage in partner work and group discussions, and explore these topics and their relationship with NGSS. When agricultural literacy and science standards are combined, students have a meaningful way to learn about their world.
Participants will walk away with learning ideas that use agricultural phenomena and the Farm-to-Plate process to teach life and earth science standards to young learners. Participants will engage in games and projects that combine agricultural literacy and NGSS in a fun and meaningful way!
Nancy Smith (Heatherstone Elementary School: Olathe, KS)