Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms are invited to participate in grade-specific, hands-on lessons where students can learn agriculture is their source of food, clothing, and shelter. Each lesson is aligned to Nebraska State Education Content Standards for science, social studies, math, or language arts.
Join a Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) Education Specialist for an in-person or virtual lesson to provide students an enhanced learning experience in your classroom. In an ever-changing world, AITC understands every classroom has unique needs. When signing up, please select whether you would like the lesson delivered in-person in your classroom or virtually. AITC prefers to use Zoom to connect virtually but can accommodate many other video-chat platforms!
Who can participate in a Classroom Visit?
- Public Schools
- Private Schools
By participating in a Classroom Visit, students will:
- Engage in a socially distanced, hands-on activity.
- Understand that agriculture is essential to everyday life
Each kindergarten lesson includes 30 minutes of classroom instruction time.
Seasons of an Apple Tree
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS K.3.3.b Identify the four seasons.
Sweet, nutritious, and delicious; seasons of an apple tree (Apples Part 1)! How does the apple tree change over the year? This lesson illustrates the life cycle and seasonal changes of an apple tree. Students will listen to a sweet story and create their own apple to hang on a Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom apple tree poster. Follow up with the lesson Apples Inside and Out to discover apple nutrition and the positive impact apples have in Nebraska and on our environment.
Apples: Inside & Out!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.K.7.2.D Communicate solutions that will increase the positive impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
Sweet, nutritious, and delicious, apples inside and out (Apples Part 2)! In this lesson students will explore the ins and outs of apples and use their five senses while learning more about apple nutrition and the positive impact it has in Nebraska and our environment!
Milk or Meat? You Tell Me!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.K.7.2.B Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
Milk or meat? Beef or dairy? Learn how farmers can change the environment to meet the needs of two of Nebraska’s top livestock industries by exploring the products that each of these cattle types provide to us through an interactive lesson. Students will test their newly gained knowledge through an interactive product matching game.
Down on the Farm: In the Barn, Field, or Pasture!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.K.7.2.C Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
Where are plants and animals found on the farm? The barn, the field, or the pasture! Through this interactive matching activity, students will explore the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals on the farm and discover where plants grow and animals live!
Each first-grade lesson includes 30 minutes of classroom instruction time.
Farm Animal Match
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.1.6.2.D Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
What do chicks, calves, lambs, and piglets have in common? They are all farm animal babies! In this lesson students will make observations to discover that animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents. Students will play a card game encouraging students to match farm animals with their young while learning the terminology for males, females, and baby farm animals.
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 1.1.2.b Identify patriotic symbols, songs, actions, holidays, and cultural celebrations.
What do Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving all have in common? Agriculture! Celebrate all that agriculture brings to our holidays in this festive lesson where students will identify familiar items used during holiday celebrations and learn how they relate to agriculture.
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 1.2.3.a Categorize human and natural resources used to create goods and services.
What did you do to get ready this morning? If you take a moment to look around and identify the items you rely on every day, they would likely include food, fiber, and fuel. In this lesson, students will match resources to sources in a Kahoot! game to discover that agriculture is a source for many of life’s basic necessities.
Our Land, Our Food!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 1.3.3.c Describe how people adapt to their physical environment.
Our Land, Our Food! How have people adapted to the world around them? In this hands-on activity students will create a visual representation of a food web to explore the role of agriculture in their daily lives and understand how most of the necessities of life can be traced back to the farm.
Each 2nd grade lesson includes 35 minutes of classroom instruction time.
A Slice of Agriculture
Nebraska State Standard Connection:
SS 2.2.3.a. Explain the role of goods and services and supply and demand in a community. For example: meet wants and needs.
MA 2.3.1.c Divide circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal parts. Describe the parts using the language of halves, thirds, fourths, half of, a third of, a fourth of.
Extra cheese, please! Did you know that every ingredient on a pizza can be traced back to the farm? In this interactive lesson, students will explore how farmers and ranchers help supply the demand for our pizza ingredients. Student will create their very own “Slice of Agriculture” pizza, discovering a few fractions along the way!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.2.7.2.B Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
What do bats, bees, and birds have in common? Pollination! Pollination is essential in the lifecycle of a plant. Students will explore pollination in Nebraska crops by developing a simple model using their own bag of Cheetos to pollinate their own flower. This lesson is sure to create a buzz in your classroom!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.2.7.2.A Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow. Assessment is limited to testing one variable at a time.
Have you ever wondered what makes corn grow so big and tall? In this hands-on activity, students will explore the necessary living environments for Nebraska’s corn crop and create their own corn producing eco-system right in the classroom!
Pod to Play
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 2.3.2.b Describe local places and regions. For example: prairie, forest, farmland, ranch land, local community.My car has beans in it? You’ll be shocked while diving into the products that soybeans provide us! In this interactive lesson, students will investigate which regions in Nebraska grow soybeans along with the many uses of one of Nebraska’s top commodities through an iSpy scavenger hunt game.
Each 3rd grade lesson includes 35 minutes of classroom instruction time.
Chicken Little to Chicken Big!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.3.9.3.B Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
This eggcellent activity allows students to identify different breeds of chickens, examine physical traits, and determine how farmers select certain breeds based on inherited traits. This lesson is accompanied by chicken matching cards delivered to your classroom to help students summarize their learning!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.3.7.2.C Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat, some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
Like humans, pigs have four basic needs – air, water, food, and shelter. Pigs raised on farms live in environments that are designed to help farmers meet these needs. Students will explore the basic needs of pigs and find evidence that in a particular environment some pigs can survive well, some survive less, and some cannot survive at all through an interactive game.
By Land, Air, or Sea!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 3.2.4.a Identify local goods and services that could be traded with people everywhere. For example: corn, soybeans, beef, irrigation systems, dry edible beans, art, buffalo hides, fish
How does the food in your grocery cart get to the store? By land, air, or sea! Students will explore how locally grown beef is traded and transported from producers to consumers across the world through an interactive activity using land, air, and sea transportation! In this activity student will develop an understanding that local goods and services can be traded with people all around the world!
Wad-a-Watershed: Human Environment Interactions
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 3.3.3.a Describe how the environment influences human activities and how humans alter the environment to suit their needs.Discover how water flows and how the actions of everyone - farmers, homeowners, and businesspeople can impact the water resources. Students will develop an understanding of agricultural conservation practices by creating a visual representation of a watershed and identify actions they can take to protect our water supply.
Each 4th grade lesson includes 45 minutes of classroom instruction time.
Beef it Up with Technology
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 4.2.4.b Discuss how technology has affected the specialization of Nebraska’s economy and surrounding states.
Did you know more cows live in Nebraska than people? Through an interactive game of Beef Jeopardy, students will explore the history of Nebraska beef ranches, discover the specialization of farms today, identify ways farmers and ranchers utilize technology to care for their livestock, and recognize the impact beef cattle have on Nebraska’s economy.
There’s an App for That!
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 4.2.4.b Discuss how technology has affected the specialization of Nebraska’s economy and surrounding states.
More people = more food! By the year 2050, it is expected that our world population will reach nearly 10 billion! To ensure a stable food supply for humans, farmers must continually improve farming methods. In this hands-on activity, students will explore how precision agriculture has improved the amount of food grown in even the smallest of fields!
Farm to Fuel
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC.4.4.2.F Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
Corn is an A-Maize-ing crop! Popcorn, sweet corn, and candy-corn are some tasty treats-but did you know that corn can also fuel vehicles? In this lesson students will engage in an interactive matching game to discover how corn travels from the farm to local gas stations!
The Nebraska Adventure Part One
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 4.3.1.c Determine why things are located where they are in Nebraska.
Sandhills cattle and river valley soybeans: Have you ever wondered why things grow and live where they do in Nebraska? In part-one of this two-part lesson, students will take a road trip through Nebraska to understand the regions, soil, weather, and landforms of the state by engaging in a hands-on activity using play-doh to explain the resources Nebraska farmers rely on.
The Nebraska Adventure Part Two
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 4.2.4.a Compare Nebraska with different regions and the goods and services each region produces. For example: beef, wheat, telemarketing, cotton, coal, beekeeping, tribal traditional art (beading).
In part-two of The Nebraska Adventure lesson series, students will dive into the products and services that drive Nebraska’s economy. Students will compare these goods and services to those found in different regions around the country through an interactive map activity. In Nebraska, agriculture means survival. 91% of the land is used for farming and ranching in our state; but how is it used to provide goods and services?
Each 5th grade lesson includes 45 minutes of classroom instruction time.
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 5.2.6.b Explain how trade impacts relationships between countries.
Trade increases competition and lowers prices, but who sets those prices? Predicting the price of the futures market can be both complicated and risky. In this lesson students will learn farmers seek to earn a profit when they sell their crop, markets can influence trade relationships with other countries, and the necessity of keeping positive relationships with other countries who purchase Nebraska commodities. Students will gain an understanding of the futures market and how Nebraska soybean farmers trade and export soybeans in an interactive guessing game using critical thinking and M&Ms.
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 5.2.6.a Describe how international trade promotes specialization and division of labor and increases the productivity of labor, output, and consumption.
How many miles does our food travel to make it to our dinner plate? In this lesson, students will explore agricultural commodities from all corners of the globe while learning how trading these products with American grown products can impact relationships and markets around the world. Students will complete a hands-on activity to connect Nebraska commodities to different regions in the world.
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 5.2.4.a Describe the historical role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.Did you know that if the world's farmers would have continued to grow crops at 1961 productivity levels, they would need almost 2.5 billion acres of new farmland to maintain today's food supply? That is more total land area than the entire United States! In this lesson students will discover technologies used on farms to increase efficiency and decrease environmental impacts. Students will team up to complete an interactive agricultural invention timeline.
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