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Farmtastic Field Day 2018

By
Leslie schottel,   Gashland Elementary School
Play:
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Physical Activity Participation,  Other
For our Field Day this year, Gashland Elementary participated in a "farmtastic" Field Day! Students participated in events like jump the creek/hay bale, super farmer obstacle course, harvest relay, MyPlate obstacle course and a potato sack race. Along with the physical activities themed to farming and food, students got to experience a local petting zoo, Farm to Fork, while tasting local honey and beef jerky (some of our students had never seen a goat before!). Finally, we partnered with Laura Handke from Ag Ed on the Move and the kids participated in an interactive lesson about farming, eggs and seeds. The kids were able to "grow a necklace", some kids are even still wearing their seed necklace 4 days after field day. The snack for the day consisted of animal crackers and water. Teachers loved the idea and liked that the kids walked away with a great learning experience as well as a fun day.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

We started last summer with Laura coming to the summer school classes and presenting hands-on lessons about farming. I took the idea further by creating a Field Day with the theme of farming.

How did you accomplish your goals?

I did a lot of research and reached out to people like Laura who could help. During the fall, we tried to get a Mobile Dairy classroom to come out but it was cancelled due to the weather. For Field Day I came up with the theme, worked with Laura and created activities around food/farming.

How did you accomplish your goals?

One of the goals I had hoped for was to expose kids to the source of our food and the importance of farming and our environment. I would integrate a lot of that information into health class and create games that helped kids learn about food production and farming.