Classroom Visits

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
  • Homeschools

By participating in a Classroom Visit, students will:

  • Engage in a socially distanced, hands-on activity.
  • Understand that agriculture is essential to everyday life

All lessons align to Nebraska State Education Standards.

There is no cost associated with this program.

Materials are provided by Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom.

Lessons are presented by a professional educator.

Lesson Opportunities

Kindergarten

Apples: Inside & Out!

This lesson requests 40 minutes of classroom time.

Nebraska State Standard Connection: 

  • SS K.3.3.b Identify the four seasons.
  • 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; 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 while they explore the ins and outs of apples and use their five senses, learning more about the positive impact apple trees have in Nebraska and our environment! Students will get to eat their own apple in this lesson.

Found on the Farm, In the Barn, Field, or Pasture

This lesson requests 30 minutes of classroom time.

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 relay race, students will explore the relationship between the needs of different plants and animals on the farm and discover where plants grow, and animals live!

Milk or Meat? You Tell Me!

This lesson requests 30 minutes of classroom time.

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 relay race.

1st Grade

Each first-grade lesson requests 40 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.

Celebrate Agriculture!

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.

My Farm Web

Nebraska State Standard Connections: 

  • SS 1.2.3.a Categorize human and natural resources used to create goods and services.
  • SS 1.3.3.c Describe how people adapt to their physical environment.

Have you used agriculture today? In this lesson students will identify items they use daily and compete in a relay race to learn that all our daily necessities can be traced back to the farm! They will then create a visual farm web to connect all those products to their specific sources on the farm.

2nd Grade

Each second-grade lesson requests 40 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.

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 by creating their very own “Slice of Agriculture” pizza!

Perfect Pollination

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!

Corn Castles

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 ecosystem for the classroom!

Pod to Play

Nebraska State Standard Connections:

  • SS 2.3.3.d Describe how people adapt to their physical environment. For example: soil conservation, build levees, grow plants and raise animals
  • SS 2.2.3 Describe how producers deliver products/services, earn an income, and satisfy economic needs and wants.

My crayons have soybeans in them? You’ll be surprised to learn how many products we use every day that come from soybeans! In this hands-on activity, students will observe a soybean plant grown in Nebraska and create their own “Bean Book” to showcase what they’ve learned!

3rd Grade

Each third-grade lesson requests 40 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 egg-cellent 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 a chicken matching game to help students summarize their learning!

Pig Habitats

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. In groups students will work together to make a realistic pig barn that will meet the needs of pigs.

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 ‘water’ representation of a watershed and identify actions they can take to protect our water supply.

4th Grade

Each fourth-grade lesson requests 35 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

Nebraska State Standard Connections: 

  • 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).
  • 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 this hands-on lesson, students will take a road trip through Nebraska to understand the soil, weather, and landforms of each region in the state and use that information to compare the goods and services found in those different regions.

5th Grade

Each fifth-grade lesson requests 45 minutes of classroom instruction time.

Competitive Farming

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.  

Fantasy Farming

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 trading activity to connect Nebraska commodities to different regions in the world.

High-Tech Farming

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.

Evaluation

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