Welcome to our new adventure: Everyday Agriculture. In the coming weeks we are looking to provide a look ‘Beyond the Barndoor’ at the Everyday Agriculture all around you! Our plan changed a couple of times in the last few days and it became apparent we are looking to build a new box….one that didn’t exist before today.
Our plan is to post a daily blog that includes a video of an agriculture related topic. We have a specific activity suitable for K-3, 4-8 as well as s STEM activity with other video and lesson links.
Know that this won’t be perfect, but we hope to provide additional options for students, teachers and parents facing new and unique situations.
The schedule for the next 2 weeks:
3/17- Where Does My Milk Come From
3/18- It is Raining Cotton Balls
3/19 -A Wad of Watershed
3/20 – A Slice of Soil
3/23 -Paper Plate Tree Rings
3/24- Everyday Agriculture Bingo
3/25 -Oobleck -Non-Newtonian Fluids
3/26 -One Hungry Planet
**Subject to Change
Let’s get started. Click the Link Below!
Where Does My Milk Come From?
Look for the code on YOUR milk. Find out more information at:
Meet Chuck the Ice Cream Farmer–
Chuck is a dairy farmer, and his milk goes into ice cream. His story runs parallel to the new book “Tales of a Dairy Godmother Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish by Viola Butler from Feeding Minds Press and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Look for it on a library bookshelf soon!
K-3 Audiences. You saw Farmer Chuck taking care of his girls in the video about Ice Cream. You also may have noticed the ‘ear tag’ worn by the cows. These special tags help identify each cow. Think of it as wearing a special name tag. Consider making your own mask complete with an ear tag. Consider using your birthday as your special number. Use 1-12 for the month, then add the date. A birthday of March 23 would be noted as 323. Discuss how you could make January 21 and December 1 different (both can be written as 121).
Look for the Instructions for Moo Mask More information can be found at:
Moo Masks Lesson
Want to learn more about Dairy? Check out IL Ag in the Classroom’s Dairy Young Reader
4-8 Audiences Now for something totally new! Grab a pencil and watch this video.
“We Will Milk You” by the Peterson Brothers
Find vocabulary words that you are not familiar with and use context clues or the dictionary to define these words. Then answer the following questions.
How does milk help build strong bones?
List reasons that young cattle are placed in separate pens.
Select a myth that is highlighted in the video (at 1:17) and list how these are false.
Check out the on-line Dairy Ag Mag from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.
Check out the following STEM activity
Milk Emulsion Lesson
More questions about Dairy and Dairy Farmers? Visit the Midwest Dairy Association Video Farm Tour!
Meet a central Illinois Prairie Farms Dairy Farmer.