Students are constantly growing and learning new information about health and nutrition. This lesson teaches about the importance of a well-balanced diet and incorporates all five food groups. Students will participate in a hands-on activity to categorize various foods and meals into the five food groups.
Throughout the years, farmers have dealt with a wide range of challenges. In this activity students will experience the challenges of modern-day farmers through a simulation card game. Students will discover the work required and choices made for the food they eat.
This exciting role-playing lesson opens students' eyes to all of the many people that grow, research, process, and transport food, fiber, and wood products. This lesson will inspire students about the potential of working in agriculture.
This two part hands-on lesson teaches students what the soil is made of in their area and what a local soil profile looks like. A student reading sheet Soil Horizons & Oregon’s State Soil follows this lesson. It is an excellent tool to reinforce key concepts about soil horizons and the state soil.
Students discover the many different aspects of life on a dairy farm. From investigating the historical significance of dairy breeds to conquering mathematical business challenges, students will understand why milk matters.
The Tree Farmer is a beautifully illustrated story of a boy and his grandfather, who is a tree farmer. The book takes readers on a magical journey through the forest, discovering the gift of trees and our responsibility to care for them, generation to generation. This story is followed by a lesson in which students learn about the many different ways trees are used and how they affect our daily lives.
The Beeman is a sweet story of a boy and his grandfather who is a beekeeper. The story teaches students about the amazing and complex life of bees, how they help pollinate plants, and how honey is collected by beekeepers for us to eat.
This hands-on experiment demonstrates soil’s function as a water filter, as well as other physics concepts like hydrophobicity, soil absorption and adsorption, soil as a storage container for water, and the positive and negative charges of soil and contaminants.
In this lesson students explore weatherization (physical and chemical) by doing a series of short experiments that demonstrate how rocks and minerals are broken down into soil. Expand this lesson further by taking students on a field trip to look for rocks breaking down into soil.
Students measure ingredients, mix liquids and solids, then observe (and taste) the results in this tasty lesson. It is an ideal way to wrap up a pumpkin unit, field trip to the pumpkin patch or to use as a math-friendly way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Agriculture in the Classroom is a nationwide educational program designed to help students develop an awareness and understanding that agriculture is the source of our food, clothing, shelter and other essentials. In Oregon, the program is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) foundation. The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU) provides office space on the OSU campus.