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Busy Bees

45 min lesson

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 lesson investigates the miraculous process of air and water combining with seeds, soil and sunlight to create nearly all the food we eat. By having students observe different types of seeds, this lesson takes plant germination one step further by having students record the differing growth rates and other observations in germination journals (template provided).
Living Necklace

30 min lesson

Here is a new twist on planting seeds. Students make a “living necklace” they can wear home or display in various places around the classroom. It is ideal for kicking off a plant unit or introducing the stages of plant growth and development.
Sing with your students about apples. These songs are engaging and easy to learn. They are a great match to the book Apples to Oregon!
Apples to Oregon, written by Oregon author Deborah Hopkinson, is a delightful tall tale containing the best elements of a good “whopper." After reading the book, students make “growing” bracelets and learn about the basic elements plants really need to grow and thrive.
Historical reading about Henderson Luelling and his orchard.
Give Me Five!

45 min lesson

Students learn about the five food groups and what Oregon grown foods fit into each group. This lesson makes a local connection to good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Breakfast Relay

35 min lesson

This hands-on activity helps students understand that before an item ever leaves a factory, or enters a store, it began as a resource or product in the natural world - most likely agriculture. For grades K-3, pair this activity with the Eric Carle book Pancakes, Pancakes!, available from AITC’s Free Loan Library.
Ag Tag Matching Game

45 min lesson

Reinforce this message with the Ag Tag Matching Game. It links commodities to their many by-products and shows how even “waste” materials can be made into something useful.