Farmers Celebrate the Earth Every Day!
In this unit, students learn about how dairy farmers harness the elements and work in harmony with nature: Earth (land), Air (breath), Water (hydration) and Biosphere (ecosystem), and about seasonality in farming, including dairy farmers’ work with the land to ensure they have enough feed for their cows. Students will discover how the elements are connected to each other, to animals, to farm foods, and to their bodies.
To drive home what they’ve learned, students complete a Likert Scale-style survey on the elements and concepts learned in the lessons (e.g., How important is it to conserve water for animals to drink?), and then work in discussion groups to analyze their overall responses.
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Activities and Printouts
Assignment - Earth Day is Every Day (PDF, 306KB)
A Day in the Life (PDF, 175KB)
A Year in the Life (PDF, 151KB)
A-Year-on-the-Farm.pdf (PDF, 224KB)
Award Winning Headlines (PDF, 4,626KB)
Elements in Farming (PDF, 187KB)
Environmental Sustainability Presentation Rubric (PDF, 180KB)
Journaling and Reflection (PDF, 4,662KB)
Problem -Solution Framework (PDF, 244KB)