For Teachers

Below are several awesome sites that can be used as supplemental or extension lessons.  The website is listed with a short explanation of what can be found in each.  
MACA Crop Life Ambassador has volunteers working in the agricultural industry available to speak about the methods of modern American farming.  This program brings FREE speakers to schools and civic groups across the Midwest.  Programs include; America’s Abundance, Today’s Agriculture, Careers Across the Spectrum”, Farm Fueled, Biofuels, Farmers Stewards of the Land, Feeding Planet Earth, War of the Weeds, The Water Issue, Agriculture And Food Safety, and Biotechnology In Agriculture. 
This printable poster shows the different colors and horizons of the 12 orders of soils.
All these games, with various farm themes, can be downloaded and printed using your printer.  Game format includes matching, connect the dots, maze, word search, crossword puzzles, sudokus, word scrambles, and square eights.
This site, maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Library, spotlights kids and teens’ roles within agriculture.  The wide variety of topics will change when updates are made, but a search bar is provided.
If your technology is slow, or you have young learners, this free educational software allows you to print a farm house, barn, silo and other buildings to make a farm, all on regular paper on your PC printer.  Have your students arrange the buildings, make pens and fields, plan what animals, and crops to grow.
Regardless of the grade level you teach, this website provides a vast amount of resources, lesson plans, webquests, career information, and quizzes.  The “Student Center” is designed especially for kids and can be an independent activity if needed. might be a great place to start if you want to compare and contrast different states’ agriculture products.
This site is great for Pesticide Safety Bingo.  You will need to print the card, but everything is included that you need to play.$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sis5219
While this webpage is based in Canada, it has great maps of food produced in the United States.  Corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, are the crop maps included- this would make great overlay transparencies to compare and contrast. webquest%20examples/DelRioMS%20WebQuests/Farming
%20Quest.htm This webquest is designed for 8th grade math students, but could be worked as a class activity.  Students are farmers that have agreed to help Farmer Brown with planting his crops.  They must divide his trapezoid shaped farm into sections for planting corn, beans and wheat. process/job3/ This powerful debate premise, The Big Muddy Dilemma, allows students to see the use of water from many different viewpoints and forces the students to compromise for the good of the community.  While the project focuses on the Missouri River, it could easly be modified to any local wayterway.
Depending on the level of your students, you can choose to introduce genetically modified foods.  The PBS presentation is fantastic for older students and can easily be broken down into sections.

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