The Farm Match

The Farm Match

Target Grade Level / Age Range:

K-2

Time:

30 minutes

Purpose:

Students will learn to associate different animals, crops, and machines with agriculture.

Materials:

  • Adult livestock photographs (sheep, cows, pigs, goats)
  • Young livestock photographs (lambs, calves, piglets, kids)
  • Colored paper
  • Glue

Suggested Companion Resources:

  • Farm Animals by Bobbie Kalman
  • Educator’s Guide to Farm Animals by Bobbie Kalman  
  • Who Grows Up on the Farm? By Theresa Longenecker

Vocabulary:

  • Calf – a young cow
  • Kid – a young goat
  • Lamb – a young sheep
  • Piglet – a young pig
  • Chick – a young chicken
  • Beef – the meat from beef cows
  • Dairy – products from the milk of a dairy cow
  • Pork – meat from a pig
  • Foal – A young horse

Interest Approach or Motivator:

Students will use visuals to associate words and their meanings with pictures.

Background – Agricultural Connections:

Livestock are an important part of American agriculture, and their products are used every day. From meat to by-products like glue and plastic, livestock are an important part of our lives! Farmers all across the country work every day to ensure that these animals are well cared for.

Procedures:

  1. Read the book Farm Animals by Bobbie Kalman.
  2. Cut out large pictures of adult livestock and glue them to colored paper. For older students, label the pictures and have students read the names aloud.
  3. Cut out smaller pictures of baby livestock.
  4. In groups of 4, have students choose from the assortment of pictures the correct young that match the adult livestock species.
  5. Talk with students about the products that come from these livestock animals and what farmers do to care for them.

Essential Files:

Extension Activities:

This activity can be broadened to include matching of seeds to plants (an ear of corn with a corn plant, wheat head with a wheat plant, etc.) or machinery with their purposes (combines with a field being harvested, a tractor pulling a planter, etc.).

Author:

Cassie Hackman

Organization Affiliation:

Chickasaw County Agriculture in the Classroom

Agriculture Literacy Outcomes:

  • Plants and Animals for Food, Fiber & Energy Outcomes, K-2, Science: Identify animals involved in agriculture production and their uses (i.e., work, meat, dairy, eggs)

Iowa Core Standards:

  • 21.K–2.ES.1 Essential Concept and/or Skill: Communicate and work appropriately with others to complete tasks.  
  • 21.K–2.ES.2 Essential Concept and/or Skill: Recognize different roles and responsibilities and is open to change.
  • 21.K–2.ES.4 Essential Concept and/or Skill: Develop initiative and demonstrate self–direction in activities.

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