Teachers and Administrators

Teachers and administrators can help make the connection between the cafeteria and the classroom. Listed below are resources including lesson plans and other educational activities that teachers and administrators are encouraged to use in order to help engage school children in the adoption of Farm to School.

Educational Resources



Curriculum Resources

Grade Level Food Item or Subject Lessons and Activities Ideas
Pre-K Food, Produce The Farmer Grows a Rainbow

SKILLS: Object Recognition, Making Healthy Decisions, Counting, Learning Colors, Using Visual Aids
Source: North Carolina Ag in the Classroom
Pre-K - Kindergarten Farm Pop Open Farm
SUBJECT: Art

SKILLS: Creativity
Kindergarten Plant Parts, Growth, Farm Farm to School- Kids
SKILLS: Labeling, Locating, Sequencing Events

K - 2

Cow
When is a cow more than a cow?

 

SUBJECT: Reading
SKILLS: Using Visual Aids, Unscrambling Words

K - 2

Farms, Produce, Animals, Agricultural Products

My Farm Web

SUBJECT: Social Studies
SKILLS: Concept Mapping, Relating Ideas

K - 2

Animals, Alphabet, Fruits, Vegetables

Maryland Agricultural Alphabet

SUBJECTS: Writing, Reading
SKILLS: Writing, Reading, Matching, Spelling

K - 2

Agricultural Products

What is Ag?

SKILLS: Listing, Brainstorming

Elementary

Jobs, Farmers

How many hats does a farmer wear?

SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Social Studies
SKILLS: Critical Thinking

Elementary

Recipes, Activities, Puzzles, Produce

"There's a Rainbow on my Plate"
Activity Book
1. Cover
2. Red Fruit Word Search
3. Red Veggie Word Jumbles
4. Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
5. Apple Maze
6. Carrot Crossword
7. Corny Jokes
8. Banana Matching Game
9. Potato Poem
10. If I were a fruit or vegetable 
11. Fruit Salad
12. Melon Mysteries
13. If I were a fruit or vegetable (2)
14. Color by Numbers
15. Pepper Snack Cups
16. Finding "Berried" Treasure
17. "Berried" Treasure 2
18. Trivia Challenge
19. Trading Cards
20. Vegetable Dip Recipes
21. Fit Kid Fun
22. Shopping List

Elementary

Packing Local Food for Lunch, Consuming Different Color Fruits & Veggies

Overview
Coloring Page
Coloring Page
Activities and Puzzles
Activities and Puzzles
Activities and Puzzles
Activities and Puzzles

1 - 2

Watermelon

A Slice of Fun

SUBJECT: Math
SKILLS: Counting Money, Subtraction, Comparing Numbers, Counting

1 - 2

Watermelon

Watermelon + Friends = A Sweet Time!

SUBJECT: Math
SKILLS: Addition, Subtraction, Telling Time, Comparing Numbers, Counting

1 - 2

Watermelon

Watermelon Spells Fun!

SUBJECTS: Reading, Language Arts
SKILLS: Creative Writing, Learning Adjectives, Spelling

1 - 2

Watermelon

Watermelon Spells Fun!

SUBJECT: Reading, Language Arts
SKILLS: Creative Writing, Learning Adjectives, Spelling

3 - 4

Watermelon

Watermelon: Super Sweet Treat

SUBJECT: Math
SKILLS: Solving Word Problems, Addition, Subtraction, Recognizing Patterns, Graphing, Understanding Fractions and Decimals

3 -4

Watermelon

Watermelons Add up to Lots of Fun!

SUBJECT: Math
SKILLS: Addition, Subtraction, Subtracting Fractions, Counting

3 - 4

Watermelon

Wacky for Watermelon

SUBJECT: Reading, Language Arts
SKILLS: Analyzing Passages, Making Compound Words, Understanding Suffixes, Using Adjectives

3 - 4

Watermelon

Recipe for Fun: Combine Watermelon and Friends!

SUBJECT: Reading, Language Arts
SKILLS: Alphabetizing, Paraphrasing, Ordering Events

3 - 4

Plants, Weeds, Pests

What's in a Field?, pg 1

SUBJECT: Science
SKILLS: Critical Thinking, Analyzing Circumstances

3 - 4

History of Agriculture, Agricultural Technology, Improvements in Farming

Agriculture: Then and Now, pg 1

SUBJECTS: History, Social Studies, Math SKILLS:
Activity 1: Converting from Percentage to Fraction, Understanding Graphs, Interpreting Data and Statistics

Activity 2: Matching, Critical Thinking

Activity 3: Comparing and Contrasting

3 - 4

Agriculture- General

Agriculture- What is it?, pg 1

SUBJECT: Science, Social studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Understanding Relationships, Categorizing, Brainstorming, Matching
Activity 2: Defining, Critical Thinking, Reasoning

3 - 4

Land Preservation, Farming

Farmers and Land- A Partnership, pg 1

SUBJECTS: Social Studies
SKILLS: Critical Thinking, Analyzing, Categorizing

3 - 6

Agriculture Recipes

Biodegradable Packing Peanuts, pg 5

Biodegradable Plastic from Corn, pg 6

Soy Crayons, pg 7

SUBJECTS: Science, Art
SKILLS: Measuring, Following Instructions

4 - 5
Biofuel, Energy Growing Our Fuels, pg 1
SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Analyzing, Critical Thinking, Discussing
Activity 2: Categorizing, Defining, Comparing & Contrasting

 

 

A Place and Time, pg 6
SUBJECTS: History, Social studies, Language Arts
SKILLS: Reading maps, Analyzing geography, Comparing & Contrasting

 


4 - 5

Agricultural Ecosystems

A Farm Ecosystem, pg 6
SUBJECTS: Science, Art
SKILLS: Working in a Group, Understanding Relationships in Agriculture, Presenting Ideas to Others

Farming Cycle, pg 9
SUBJECTS: Science, Social Studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Caring for a Plant, Understanding Cause and Effect, Observing Results
Activity 2: Ordering Events, Sequencing, Critical Thinking

4 - 5

Economics, Prices, Supply & Demand

Economics of Agriculture, pg 8
SUBJECTS: Social Studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Categorizing, Relating Agriculture to Everyday Life
Activity 2: Comparing and Contrasting, Graphing

A Slice of Soil, pg 11
SUBJECT: Social Studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Doing Demonstrations, Conceptualizing the Earth's Productivity
Activity 2: Critical Thinking, Analyzing Sentences, Relating data

4 - 5

Satellite Technology, Biotechnology, Food Cost, EPA, Pesticides, Risks of Chemicals

Technology of Agriculture, pg 4
SUBJECTS: Science, History
SKILLS: Defining, Comparing past and present

Crop Protection, pg 10
SUBJECT: Science
SKILLS: Analyzing risks and benefits, Using visual aides to come to a Conclusion

4 - 6

Grazing, Food Production

Amazing Grazing

 


SUBJECTS: Social Studies, Nutrition,
Environmental Science
SKILLS: Analyzing, applying, comparing similarities
and differences, concluding, critical thinking, evaluating,
interpreting, mapping, map reading, observing, reading
data, synthesizing, reasoning, solving problems, understanding
cause and effect

 


4 - 6

Food
Growing Food

  


4 - 6

Farms, Produce, Health

Fruits and Vegetables for Health
California-Based Curriculum Adaptable to Maryland

SUBJECTS: Geography, Language Arts, Science, and Math
SKILLS: Learning Agricultural Processes, Formal and Creative Writing, Editing, Analyzing Nutrition Values, Graphing, Completing Scientific Experiments

5-8

Multiple, Cereal, Food and Shopping Choices

Aisle Hopping

 


SUBJECTS
social studies, language arts
SKILLS
gathering (listening, recording, brainstorming),
organizing (prioritizing, listing, charting),
analyzing (comparing and contrasting,
calculating, discussing), interpreting (summarizing,
identifying cause and effect), applying
(decision making), evaluating
(establishing criteria, testing, assessing)

 


TIME: one or two sessions

5 - 6

Biotechnology

Benefits of Biotechnology​, pg 8
SUBJECTS: Social Studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Listing, Organizing, Critical Thinking, Analyzing, Brainstorming
Activity 2: Communicating ideas, Group work, Voicing Opinions, Critical Thinking

5 - 6

Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management
SUBJECT: Social Studies, Science
SKILLS: Analyzing, Problem Solving

5 - 6

Biofuel, Energy

Positive Energy Supply, pg 10
SUBJECT: Science, Social Studies
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Charting, Analyzing Relationships, Comparing & Contrasting
Activity 2: Researching, Presenting to the Class, Using the Internet

What's Driving Biofuels, pg 14
SUBJECTS: Social Studies, Language Arts
SKILLS:
Activity 1: Analyzing Cause & Effect Relationships, Critical Thinking
Activity 2: Forming Opinions, Expressing Opinions, Drafting an Argument, Improving Writing Skills

5 - 6

Biotechnology, Agricultural Advancements, Cost of Production, Satellite Technology

Abilities of Technology in Agriculture, pg 16
SUBJECT: Science
SKILLS: Understand Cause and Effect of Technology on Agriculture

5 - 6

Watermelon

Watermelon- Seeds, Sun and Fun!

SUBJECTS: Math
SKILLS: Long Division, Word Problems

5 - 6

Watermelon

A Slice of Watermelon Really Satisfies!

SUBJECT: Math
SKILLS: Calculating Percentages, Understanding Fractions, Adding Fractions

5 - 6

Watermelon

The Sweetest Veggie Treat

SUBJECT: Reading, Language Arts
SKILLS: Understanding Similes, Comparing and Contrasting, Using a Venn Diagram, Analyzing Passages

5 - 6

Watermelon

Watermelons- More than Meets the Eyes!

SUBJECT: Reading, Language Arts
SKILLS: Analyzing Passages, Creating Analogies, Reading and Interpreting a Data Chart

5 - 6

Food Resources, Population, Relationships in Agriculture

Food for All, pg 14

SUBJECT: Social Studies
SKILLS: Analyzing Cause and Effect, Brainstorming, Critical Thinking

6

Cereal, Fiber

Fit with Fiber: Graphing Cereal
Oklahoma-Based curriculum Adaptable to Maryland
SUBJECT: Science and Math
SKILLS: Graphing, Analyzing Data, Learning about Fiber

6

Corn

Corn Field Math

SUBJECT: Math
SKILLS: Solving Word Problems, Multiplication, Division, Comparing Numbers, Finding Percentages

6 - 8

Agricultural Data

A Look at Maryland Agriculture

SUBJECTS: Social Studies
SKILLS: Interpreting Data

6 - 8

Watermelon

Cell-icious! An Edible Cell Activity

SUBJECT: Science
SKILLS: Identify and Understand Cell Organelles and their Functions

6 - 8

Watermelon

The "Incomplete" Details on Watermelons

SUBJECT: Science
SKILLS: Identifying Plant Parts, Understanding Plant Reproduction and Pollination, Dissecting a Plant

6 - 8

Watermelon

The Science of Watermelon Seeds

SUBJECT: Science
SKILLS: Understanding and Implementing the Scientific Method, Estimation based on Observation

6 - 8

Watermelon

Watermelons Quench the Great Thirst Intro

Watermelons Quench the Great Thirst Worksheet

SUBJECT: Geography
SKILLS: Understanding and Describing Climates, Locating Places on a Map

6 - 8

Watermelon

Watermelon Vines Spread Across the U.S. Intro

Watermelon Vines Spread Across the U.S. Worksheet

SUBJECT: Geography
SKILLS: Locating Places on a Map, Distinguish between U.S. Regions, Learn Topography of U.S. Regions

6 - 8

Watermelon

The World-Traveling Watermelon Intro

The World-Traveling Watermelon Worksheet

SUBJECT: Geography
SKILLS: Identifying Continents, Reading a Map, Understanding lines of Longitude and Latitude and their Coordinates

6 - 8

Watermelon

Worldwide Watermelons Intro

Worldwide Watermelons Worksheet

SUBJECT: Geography
SKILLS: Understanding Societal Customs of the Watermelon, Learning the Production of Watermelons Worldwide

7 - 9

Agricultural Careers

Exploring Living Science Careers
Utah-Based Curriculum Adaptable to Maryland

Cover

SKILLS: Matching, Defining, Exploring Careers and Science Fields, Brainstorming, Planning for the future
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