Middle School

Middle School



Agriculture Career Pictionary


Students will explore the many careers in agriculture by playing the agriculture version of the popular game, Pictionary.

Beeswax Candles


This lesson provides students with a direct connection between our local agriculture (bee farming) and creating crafts for our homes (natural beeswax candles) in our visual arts classes.

Beginnings of Agriculture


Students will compare and contrast hunting and gathering to farming, and will be able to explain this revolution.

Brazilian Armadillos


Not all challenges in agriculture are obvious. Some of them come from below. In this activity, students will explore a real-world challenge engineers are trying to tackle and will design their own solutions.

Cars, Corn and You


Students will explore the process of biofuel production and how it relates to food chains.

Corn Production Math


Students will practice math skills, learn common agriculture measurements, and learn about the production of corn in Iowa and the U.S.

Create Your Own Herd


Students will be able to understand how heredity affects agricultural decisions regarding wanted traits in animals and will understand that DNA contains genes that carry traits from generation to generation.



Students will learn and review common facts about Iowa agriculture, including historical figures, scientific facts, and agriculture related careers.

Egg Production


During the sexual reproduction unit, students learn about the egg as being the female gamete, and the sperm as being the male gamete. Each having half the number of chromosomes needed for an embryo. Today, students will learn about chicken eggs. A happy hen is one who has long days, nutritious food, clean water, and a perch away from predators. Six billion eggs are consumed in the United States each year! Students will learn how to care for hens and know what each part of the egg is for.

Father of the Green Revolution


This lesson will expose students to the history and social studies aspects of the Green Revolution and its founder while helping students gain reading and writing skills.

Healthy Choice Menu


Students will explore food groups and healthy food choices

How Agriculture Ended the Stone Age


Students will learn how human development changed throughout the Stone Age and how agriculture started the change that allowed humans to stay in one place. Students will also design a village that incorporates environmental attributes (freshwater and vegetation) that are needed to support a community.

Impact of Railroads in Iowa


Students will understand the impact railroads had on the settlement and agricultural practices of Iowa.

Intro to Renewable Fuels


Introduce students to biodiesel, ethanol, and biomass in terms of agricultural and societal importance, while strengthening students’ research and technical writing skills.

Iowa Hog Lift: International Diplomacy


Middle school social studies students will understand the need for global food security and some of the historical events that have showcased Iowa’s role in providing that food security.

The Importance of pH for Foods: An Investigation of Soils


Students will be able to connect their knowledge of pH to real life agricultural applications, and understand the importance of pH requirements for Iowa crops.

Probability Lab: A Look Through Gregor’s Eyes


Students will learn about probability by learning about Gregor Mendel’s work with peas and then testing probability through a lab using Skittles.

Perfect and Imperfect Flower Dissections


To identify the male and female structures of the flower, recognize their function in reproduction, and differentiate between perfect and imperfect flowers.

Renewable Energy Resources


The objective of this lesson would be to make the students aware of the renewable fuels available for their own homes.

Soil Conservation Investigation


Students will identify the different types of farming techniques to conserve soil and be able to visually see the practice in use or test out the conservation practice with a soil erosion experiment.