Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom creates professionally designed curriculum that aligns to Nebraska State Education Content Standards using agriculture as the vehicle to teach. Each of the following curriculum guides features multiple lessons, activities, and materials to teach about Nebraska. The resources listed below can be downloaded by clicking on their link.


APigsTale

A Pig's Tale - High School

Using problem-based learning, this curriculum allows students to work in teams, think critically, and centers on student learning to answer the question, “how does a farmer help a pig grow from two pounds to two-hundred seventy pounds in six months?” Present the problem first and take a short time or a whole semester to answer the question. You can even take a Virtual Field Trip to a Nebraska Pig Farm!

Grade Level: High School

Nebraska State Education Content Standard Connection: Science & AFNR

Lesson One: Pigs & Pork

Students will analyze pork production and products by diagramming cuts of meat and discussing how those cuts affect customers.

Lesson Two: Pig Escape

Students will participate in an Escape Box scenario to learn how grouping piglets and raising them in farrowing barns enhances their chance to survive and reproduce.

H.S. Escape Room Google Form
*This google form allows students to complete the escape room clues. It only allows students to move on if they get the correct answer. Have students “screen shot” their final page to show you they have completed the quiz.

Lesson Three: Digesting DNA

Students develop a model to explain how enzymes affect the digestive system of a pig as they grow through transitional stage of milk to solid food.

Lesson Four: Inheritance and Traits

Students will communicate the evidence of the inheritance and variation of traits by developing a model to build their own pig.

Lesson Five: Balanced Eating

Students will analyze the nutritional needs of animals by creating a model of a balanced diet for a pig to explore the organization of their monogastric digestive system.

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APigsTaleA Pig's Tale - Elementary

Using problem-based learning, this curriculum allows students to work in teams, think critically and analyze, and centers on student learning to answer the question, “how does a farmer help a pig grow from two pounds to two-hundred seventy pounds in six months?” Present the problem first and take a short time or a whole semester to answer the question. You can even take a Virtual Field Trip to a Nebraska Pig Farm!

Grades: 3rd

Nebraska State Education Content Standard Connection: Science

Lesson One: Providing for Pigs

This lesson introduces students to the care pig farmers provide for pigs, teaches that pigs need air, space, food, water, and shelter to survive, and introduces students to the life cycle of a pig.

Lesson Two: Picking Pigs

Students will communicate the evidence of the inheritance and variation of traits by developing a model to build their own pig.

Lesson Three: Polishing Pigs

Students will analyze the nutritional needs of animals by creating a model of a balanced diet for a pig to explore the organization of the monogastric digestive system.

Lesson Four: Protecting Pigs

Students will build a pig barn and discover farmers raise pigs in barns to protect them from disease, predators, and weather.

Vocabulary Strategies

Consider using these models to encourage learning vocabulary for each lesson.

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apple orchardBeef It Up

Grades: 3rd, 4th
Core Subjects: Math | Language Arts

A teacher’s guide with lessons about beef cattle products, the environment, and time lines.

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apple orchardThe Science of Soy

Grade: 4th - 12th
Core Subjects: Science

This resource provides endless activities using the soybean as the vehicle to teach science. It is aligned with Nebraska Science standards to explore a growth requirement trial, pollination, DNA, and STEM.

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*Kits with the supplies necessary to perform the growth trial requirements experiment are available to any teachers that would like to use them. These kits include soybeans, plates, trays, sandwich bags, colored cellophane, and similar items. To request a kit at no charge, please contact Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation at (402) 421-4747.