What our Farms and Food lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Farms and Food explores the many characteristics of farms and the food they produce. Students will be able to describe the steps that farmers follow to grow crops. They will also learn about why farms are so important. This lesson is for students in 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade.
Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. This lesson requires colored pencils or markers.
Options for Lesson
In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure, you will find a lot of suggestions for additional activities or ideas to incorporate into your lesson. For the activity, the students could work with partners. You could gather resources of pictures that students could color or that you could use with the lesson. Plan a field trip to a nearby farm or processing plant. Another option is to invite a farmer to speak with the class and answer any questions they have. Plan a “Farm Fresh” day and bring (or have students bring) fresh fruits and vegetables. You could plan a trip to a local grocery store and find foods that students could identify as farm grown. One more idea is to grow some farm-like plants in the classroom, or outdoors near the school if possible.
The teacher notes page provides an extra paragraph of information to help guide the lesson and remind you what to focus on. The blank lines on this page are available for you to write out thoughts and ideas you have as you prepare the lesson.
FARMS AND FOOD LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Farms and Food lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will reinforce students’ comprehension of lesson material in different ways and help them demonstrate when they learned. Use the guidelines on the classroom procedure page to determine when to distribute each worksheet to the class.
DRAW THE FOOD JOURNEY ACTIVITY WORKSHEET
Students will draw pictures to represent each step of the food journey. There are eight steps total, and the worksheet presents them in order. If you want, you could have students cut out the boxes after they finish drawing the pictures. They they can paste them onto another sheet of paper and add a title, and you could hang them in the classroom.
FARMS AND FOOD PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The practice worksheet divides into two sections. On the first section, students will fill the blanks to a series of statements. The worksheet provides a word bank of eight words for them to use. The second section requires students to mark each of 12 statements are true (T) or false (F).
POEM, STORY, OR DRAWING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
Like the practice worksheet, the homework assignment has two parts. For the first part, students will order the steps of the food journey from 1 to 8. Then they will write a poem or story or draw a picture that relates to farms and food in the box at the bottom of the page.
Worksheet Answer Keys
There are answer keys for both the practice and homework worksheets. Correct answers are in red to make it easy to compare them to students’ responses. Answers on the second part of the homework assignment will vary given the nature of the prompt. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.