These curricular options are available for 1st and 2nd grade classes. These lessons are full 50-minute, hands-on science experiments related to agricultural concepts.

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Thirsty Stems

In order to answer the problem of how water travels to all parts of a plant, students create a model of a plant, then observe the effects of capillary action.  The parts of a plant and their purposes, as well as capillary action, are reinforced with a make & take book.


 

BEE-utiful Relationship    E

Students are introduced to the importance of pollination and pollinators in the development of the fruits they enjoy.  As the parts of a flower are identified, students create a model of a flower.  The pollination process is simulated by students as the lab is transformed into a flower field and the students into bees.

**NOT recommended for beginning of year 1st grade**


 

Feast Like a Bug        E

Students become farmers whose crops have been damaged, who then investigate to determine the guilty insects.  The different mouth parts of insects is discussed, then students test each mouth part to determine which parts of a plant, if any, are harmed by each mouth part.  A distinction is made between beneficial and harmful insects.


 

From Pod to Candy Bar**    NR    P

Students discover the various ingredients in their candy bars that come from plants grown on farms in the US and around the world.  A test is conducted to determine the sinking/floating properties of various chocolate candies.  Students then create a candy charm illustrating how farms are essential to chocolate production.