Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) provides classroom visits for Pre-K - 6th grade students. Customized lessons and hands-on activities provide students with opportunities to develop an awareness that agriculture is their source of food, clothing, and shelter. Each lesson is aligned to Nebraska State Education Standards within science, social studies, math, or language arts.
By participating in a Classroom Visit, students will:
- Engage in a hands-on activity.
- Understand that agriculture is essential to everyday life.
- Identify agricultural animals and plants grown in Nebraska.
- Explore learning through the lens of the food, fiber, and fuel system.
Agriculture means survival. In Nebraska, 1 in 4 jobs are related to agriculture. Agriculture provides a rich context for Nebraska’s past and present, the environment, food production, nutrition, and economics.
Pre-K - 3rd Grade
Go Big Red! Did you know corn is important to every Nebraskan? This lesson introduces students to how corn is grown by farmers, teaches about the natural resources necessary to grow corn, showcases the uses of corn, and offers students an opportunity to grow their own corn seed in a necklace.
Beef & Swine, Oh My!
Can you imagine a day without agriculture? Farm animals, or livestock, are an important part of our nation’s agricultural community. Not only do these animals produce food, but they also provide many by-products. This lesson introduces students to the major livestock raised in Nebraska, explains how agriculture is used every day in our lives, and engages students through an agriculture products comparison game.
4th - 6th Grade
Beef It Up
Did you know more cows live in Nebraska than people? This lesson teaches about the production of beef from the beginning to the end. Students will learn about producers and consumers, supply and demand, careers, and how farmers and ranchers care for their livestock. To encourage class participation, students are challenged to create an economic food web. The content is reinforced through cooperative learning with a game of Beef Jeopardy.
Farming in a Glove
Become a farmer for the hour! This lesson introduces students to different crops grown in Nebraska. Students learn how farmers grow and harvest crops used to enrich our lives through food, fiber, and fuel. This activity engages students by planting their own seeds in a glove.
What is 166?
How many people can a farmer grow food for each year? This lesson introduces the economic value of topsoil, ways farmers protect the earth, and careers necessary in agriculture. Students engage in critical thinking as we cut away fractions of the earth to find the small amount of land we use for farming. This activity allows students to slice up play-dough to demonstrate the distribution of the earth’s soil resources.