I get it. You may have limited time to deviate from what you are required to teach. BUT, if you can squeeze in just one day to tell your students how our farmers feed, fuel and clothe them, March 21 is the day! Please consider helping us spread the good news about agriculture on National Ag Day by utilizing one of these Kentucky Academic Standards-aligned lessons or resources.
While the Kentucky State Fair won't be coming back around until August, this virtual field trip to our fair gives a great overview of Kentucky agriculture and meets academic expectations in primary/intermediate social studies and practical living/vocational studies. Did you know that state and county fairs were organized in the early 1800s to celebrate local agriculture? That tradition continues today.
- Ice breaker questions
- Video comprehension questions or "Things I May See on a Kentucky Farm" worksheet
- Primary Activity: "Where Does That Product Come From" Activity Sheets - Students will make connections from Farm to Table.
- Intermediate Activity: "Agriculture Where I Live" - Students will analyze agriculture data in their county to understand the local impact.
- The video above should play without issue at schools since it is embedded on the site. You may also download this video by clicking on the "down arrow" located at the bottom right of the video screen.
We developed a lesson called "My Kentucky Home Provides What I Need" that meets academic expectations in 4th grade social studies, and practical living/vocational studies for grades 3-12. Students will also learn about natural resources and human impact on the earth (NGSS ESS3.A: Natural Resources, ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems).
View the lesson components here.
It's a lesson about finding food origins disguised as a game that aligns to standards in practical living/vocational studies and science (ecosystems and energy transfer). Students will work together to find farm connections to their favorite meal. It get kids out of their seats and thinking about where their food comes from. The cards to this game are available for purchase at our ALN Resource Store, or it is one of the newest items we provide to teachers in our Sponsor-A-Classroom program.
Students in Grades K-12 may submit an essay, poster, or digital artwork for the contest we co-sponsor with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This year's theme is Kentucky Farmers Feed the Hungry. Winning students will receive a $100 prize. The entry deadline is April 7. Learn more.
We have a number of wonderful volunteers who are willing to come into classrooms to speak about what they do to help put food on tables. Check out our list of Agriculture Literacy Network members and we can provide you with a list of contacts within your community.
And as always, feel free to contact us if you need any help finding resources or ideas.