Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom has reimagined Classroom Visits for Kindergarten – 5th grade students. Just because you can’t have visitors, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite enhanced learning experiences! Sign up to participate in a Virtual Classroom Visit today!
Classrooms are invited to participate in customized lessons and hands-on activities where students can learn 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.
Reimagined lessons promote socially distanced activities suitable for the classroom or at-home learning. To participate in a Virtual Classroom Visit you will need:
- Access to the Internet
- A free Zoom Account
- Zoom is our preferred video account. However, if you unable to connect on Zoom we can connect on a variety of video chat platforms. Let us know if something else works best for you!
- A webcam
*Because of social distancing guidelines, you may need to provide your own scissors, crayons, paper, or glue for some of the following lessons. An Education Specialist will send you a complete supply list when you sign up to participate in an activity.
Who can participate in a Virtual Classroom Visit?
- Public Schools
- Private Schools
By participating in a Virtual Classroom Visit, students will:
- Engage in a socially distanced, hands-on activity.
- Understand that agriculture is essential to everyday life.
Click on the drop down boxes below to see a list of grade-specific lessons available to sign up for.
Seasons of an Apple Tree
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS K.3.3.b Identify the four seasons.
Sweet, nutritious, and delicious! How does the apple tree change over the year? This virtual 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.
Seasons of an Apple Tree Worksheet
Milk or Meat?
Nebraska State Standard Connection: LA 0.1.6.e With adult guidance, retell main ideas from informational text and/or media.
Milk or meat? Beef or dairy? Learn all about 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 matchingSchedule a Virtual Visit
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 virtual lesson, students will make observations to discover that animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents. Students will play a card matching game mailed to you by Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom. This game encourages students to match farm animals with their young while learning the terminology for males, females, and baby farm animals.Schedule a Virtual Visit
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 to learn how they relate to agriculture!Schedule a Virtual Visit
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.
This lesson is sure to create a buzz in your classroom! Students will explore pollination in Nebraska crops by developing a simple model using their own bag of Cheetos to pollinate their own flower.Schedule a Virtual Visit
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 2.3.3.c Match resources to their sources.
What did you do to get ready this morning? If you were to take a moment to look around and identify the items you rely on every day, they would likely include food, fiber, and fuel. In this virtual lesson, students will match resources to sources in a Kahoot! game to discover that agriculture is a source for so much.Schedule a Virtual Visit
Pod to Play
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS.2.2.3.a Explain the role of goods and services and supply and demand in a community.
My car has beans in it? You’ll be shocked while diving into all of the products that soybeans provide us! In this interactive lesson, students will investigate the many uses of one of Nebraska’s top commodities through iSpy and scavenger hunt games.Schedule a Virtual Visit
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SC 2.72.A What does a plant need to grow?
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 have the opportunity to create their own corn producing eco-system with materials provided to them in an activity box sent right to your school.Schedule a Virtual Visit
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 eggcellent activity allows students to identify different breeds of chickens, examine physical characteristics, and determine how farmers select certain breeds based on inherited traits. This lesson is accompanied with chicken matching cards delivered to your classroom to summarize student learning!Schedule a Virtual Visit
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 and other animals, 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 through an interactive game.Schedule a Virtual Visit
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? This virtual lesson teaches about the production of beef from the beginning to the end. Students will discover how farms looked years ago and the specialization of farms today. Students will identify ways in which farmers and ranchers today utilize technology to care for their livestock and the impact it has on our economy. This content is reinforced with a virtual Beef Jeopardy game!Schedule a Virtual Visit
Goods and Services
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 4.2.12.a Compare Nebraska with different regions and the goods and services each region produces (e.g., beef, wheat, telemarketing, cotton, coal).
In Nebraska, agriculture means survival. 91% of the land is used for farming and ranching in our state; but how is it used to provide goods and services? Students engaged in this lesson will dive into what products and services drive our states economy while also learning about other commodities around the nation through an online, interactive map.Schedule a Virtual Visit
High Tech Farming
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 5.2.4.a Describe the historical role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
Farmers will need to grow 60% MORE food than we do today to feed the population in 2050. How will they do it? In this lesson, students will discover technologies that have been used on farms to preserve the earth by completing their own agricultural technology timeline.Schedule a Virtual Visit
Nebraska State Standard Connection: SS 5.2.1.a Describe how competition among sellers results in lower costs and prices, higher product quality, and better customer service.
“Cannot predict now” - an answer straight from the magic eight ball. Predicting the price of the futures market can be both complicated and risky. A lot of planning goes into the sale of a farmer’s crop. In order to make the most money, a farmer must predict when he or she will receive the best price for the crop, sometimes even before the crop is planted or harvested resulting in competition among buyers and sellers. In this lesson, students will use explore the futures market and careers within this sector of the agriculture industry by selling and saving M&M candies.Schedule a Virtual Visit
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