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I have always considered farming to be an important part of homeschooling. For a while, my kid attended a “farm school” one day each week where she learned more about the process, working on a farm, the food cycle, and animals. (She loved it!)
Farming and farm animals is probably a favorite topic for kids to learn about, so incorporating those topics into your studies is a must! Here are some fun ways you can add farming, gardening and more to your lessons.
13 Unique Ways For Kids To Learn About Farm Animals and Farming
Need help getting started on a farming topic? This is a great comprehensive farming lesson plan. It’s listed as grades 3 through 5, but you can definitely adapt some of it for younger ages.
Also, check out the National Association of Agriculture Educators, who have a wide range of lesson plans, outlines, and other farming resources to use for class.
Then, head on over to Learn NC who has put together a list of agriculture and farming lesson plans and websites.
Watch and Talk
If you have older kids, maybe you want to pair up a food movie and discussion guide? Check out the Food, Inc. movie and then use this free Food, Inc. discussion guide from from the Center for EcoLiteracy for further learning and discussion.
Farm Animals Lesson Plans for Preschoolers and First Grade
Check out this five day farm theme unit that is perfect for the younger group.
Animal Babies on the Farm
Here’s a free farm lesson plan about all those cute animal babies! Make the flash cards and kids learn the names of farm animals by matching them to the names of their babies.
Farm Animal Books
Need some cool farm animal books to incorporate into your studies? Check out these options:
Understanding Products Produced By Animals
Michigan Farm Bureau has a fun lesson plan called Honeybees, Chickens and Cows, Oh My! that talks about the different products that are made by animals on a farm.
All About Beef
Learn about cow farming with this Beef Education Lesson Plan.
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Discover Dairy has lesson plans and learning tools for grades 3 through 8.
How Potatoes Grow
Idaho Potatoes has a cool kids’ site that includes online games, coloring sheets, downloads, quizzes, word searches and more.
Corn in the Classroom
Missouri Corn has many resources on — you guessed it! — corn!
Illinois Corn also has a good set of lesson plans and learning resource, worksheets, recipes and more on the topic.
Learn About Gardening
Purdue University has a kids’ printable booklet that would make a perfect gardening and plants learning unit.
The Collective School Garden Network has assembled a very large curriculum database on farming, gardening, food and more.
Make Your Own Greenhouse
A great way to talk about farm foods, you can plant your own mini green house with these Build Your Mini Green House instructions.
Living Plant Necklace
Want to wear a plant? (For real!) If you’re talking about farming, plant life cycles and more, then you’ll definitely want to incorporate this wearable plant jewelry as your craft.
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