Social Studies - Geography, Economics & Historical Perspective
My Kentucky Home Provides What I Need
This lesson has a strong focus on land surfaces, our natural resources, and how those determine where farms are located.
Social Studies (Economics and Geography) & Science (Earth Systems)
for Grades 4, and Middle/High School Enrichment
Lesson Plan and Activity Sheets (PDF)
Power Point Presentation for Instruction (PPT Download)
Descriptions of Kentucky's Regions (PPT Download)
The video below is also included in the lesson presentation.
Bushels or Bust? A Lesson on Economics, Risk and Making Decisions
Grades 5-12: Economics, Vocational Studies, and Math. Developed for the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, this lesson has students plan and produce a theoretical crop of corn to learn economic concepts, use their math skills, make decisions, and understand the risks of farming and depending upon nature. Learn more
Cooperate! Create! and Save a Farm!
Grades 3-5: Economics and Geography. Developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Throughout this lesson, students learn that Kentucky farmers are continually facing challenges for sustaining their farms. View the lesson.
It Takes More Than Luck! A Farming Game of Risk and Chance
Grades 3-5: Economics and Geography. Developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. This lesson will help students understand the importance of planning, knowledgeable decision-making, careful management, and the use of technology in operating any successful business – in this case, farming. View the lesson.
Our Disappearing Farmland: Balancing our Land Use
Grades 3-5: Geography and Mathematics. Developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In this lesson, students will recognize the importance of farmland preservation. Through critical thinking skills and graph interpretation, students will reflect on how changes in land use through time have affected the state of Kentucky. Finally, students will look at statistics to create a graph that compares the number of farms in Kentucky to the average size of Kentucky farms over a span of several years. View the lesson.
The Power of a Neighborhood Market
Grades 3-5: Economics and Practical Living. Developed by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. In this lesson, students will study about the rationale for buying locally grown products. They will learn the economic impact of farmers and producers on their community as well as the benefits to consumers who buy locally grown products.
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Geography Matters to Kentucky Agriculture?
Grades 3-5: Geography. Below are five lessons based on the five themes of geography. All five themes are equally important to Kentucky's agriculture and the environment.
What is the Location of Kentucky's Agriculture? - Location
In what Kinds of Places do Kentucky Farmers Produce/Raise their Crops? - Place
How Does Farming Affect the Environment? - Human/Environment Interaction
Where do Kentucky Agricultural Products Go? - Movement
In what Regions can Kentucky Agricultural Products be Found? - Regions