Iowa Lesson Plans
Agriculture Across the USA
Students will use knowledge of climate and landforms to study food production regions throughout the United States.
All About Milk!
Students will explore the variety of milks available and the source of those milks.
Animal or Plant?
Students will learn about the sources of different foods by differentiating between foods originating from plants and foods originating from animals.
Apples and Pumpkins: Compare and Contrast
Students will explore the life cycles and traits of apples and pumpkins.
Bees - Life Cycle and Pollination
Students will learn the life cycle of a honey bee and their importance to agriculture through pollination.
Bees as Pollinators
Students will understand the importance of bees and the basics of pollination.
Corn is a Vegetable
Students will understand that corn is a vegetable and some of the different parts of a corn plant by taking a closer look at corn plants. Students will gain language arts and science skills through analyzing this common Iowa vegetable.
Corn to Cereal and Cotton to Blue Jeans
Students will learn about goods and services and how different goods get from the farm to the consumer.
Creating Healthy Meals
The students will be able to identify food groups and healthy food options.
A Day as a Farmer
By the end of this lesson, students will: 1. understand a farmer's responsibilities and skills. 2. have an opportunity to collaborate with their team to make decisions for their farm.
Dairy Product We Eat
Students will be able to identify healthy dairy products, describe the dairy process, and strengthen writing and sequencing skills.
Farm Animals and Their Babies
The students will compare the physical similarities and differences of farm animal adults and their offspring. They will also identify the correct names of common farm animals and match the picture of an adult animal with the baby.
Farm Animals for Beginners
Students will identify characteristics of farm animals including differentiating between mammals and oviparous (egg laying) animals.
Farm Economics and Food Processing
Students will learn about the steps involved in producing food and other goods from farm to our homes, including how farmers use natural resources to grow plants and animals, how they are sold, and how companies turn them into the good we purchase at the store.
Farming: Then & Now
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: 1. explain how farming has changed in this country. 2. compare and contrast early farming practices and today’s modern practices.
Farm to School Food Program
Students will explore healthy food options while learning about how these food options are grown.
Farmers and Gardeners
To help students understand some key differences and similarities between large-scale (farmer) and small-scale (gardeners) food production, while helping students learn to make connections, communicate, and use visual aids to portray concepts.
Farmers are Superheroes, Too!
Students will gain a basic understanding of who farmers are and what they do while strengthening language arts skills.
Farming for Everyone Everywhere
Students will use agriculture and hunger as a vehicle to understand critical thinking and problem solving skills.