These curricular options are available for Kindergarten to 2nd grade classes. Instead of a science experiment, they offer a 35 minute hands-on activity introducing basic agricultural concepts and scientific information.

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Farm Charm Walk Through    E    G    NR    

An engaging conversation leads students to decide what makes up a real farm.  Samples of these components of a farm are placed in a mini zip lock baggie and worn around the students’ necks as a reminder.


Tops and Bottoms    NR

Students hear a story of a lazy bear and a smart hare that get involved in a deal that has hilarious consequences.  This lively folktale leads to a discussion of plant parts and the parts of a plant that provide our food—tops or bottoms.  Students plant seeds of a “tops” or “bottoms” plant to take back to their classroom to observe as it germinates and grows.


Crawly Critters        E

Students learn how to identify insects, as well as recognize that not all insects are pests.  Students simulate the communication methods of insects and learn how farmers can sometimes use this knowledge to control insects in their fields without harmful chemicals.


Little Red Hen’s Pizza        NR    P

A popular food, pizza, is traced back to the farm through the telling of a modern version of The Little Red Hen.  Students interact with the story through the use of props, then create a pizza charm that traces all the parts of a pizza back to the natural resources from the farm needed to produce them.


The Forest & Me       NR

Through a sorting activity, the students learn the many uses and benefits of trees in their daily lives…from the clean air they breathe to the food they eat to the homes they live in.  Students then create a charm bracelet that reminds them of what trees need, what they provide, and the important role people play in managing this valuable resource.