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Kids and Critters is more than a field trip to the State Fair of Texas, it is an integrated lesson plan designed to assist in teaching youth about agriculture in their daily lives. As a participating school, we request that each grade level compete at least three of the provided lessons below prior to attending their scheduled educational excursion.

The Food and Fiber for the 21st Century curriculum is provided by Texas Farm Bureau's Ag in the Classroom initiative. It gives students numerous opportunities for exploring geography and history, for developing Internet-based research projects, and for practicing their writing skills. Science-based activities in plant and soil science, and a unit in biotechnology are included, all with agriculture as the theme. This resource guide has been written for teachers of grades 1-6. Each lesson has been correlated to covering Texas Essential of Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives in reading, writing, math, and science. Lessons in Food and Fiber for the 21st Century curriculum are based on ideas submitted by teachers attending Texas Farm Bureau's Summer Agricultural Institute at Tarleton State University. Those ideas were compiled and edited, activities added, and then placed in lesson plan format by another team of dedicated classroom teachers. Comments can be sent to Texas Farm Bureau, Research, Education and Policy Development Dept., P.O. Box 2689, Waco, TX 76702-2689 or call (254) 772-3030.

Remember that everything we eat and wear comes from agriculture.

 2nd Grade Lessons
Ċ Everything But the Oink.pdf
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Students will learn how pigs are raised and will learn some of the by-products from hogs. TEKS:Reading, Writing, Math and Science  5488k v. 4 Mar 7, 2012, 11:40 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ From an Egg--to a Chick.pdf
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Students will learn the parts of the egg and will learn the changes that occur in the development of a chick. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math and Science  2570k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:39 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ From Seed to Harvest.pdf
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Students will sequence crop production using crop production terms and describing the steps needed to get crop from seed to market TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math, Science  1302k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:25 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Sheep N More.pdf
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Students will learn about sheep, wool and other products from sheep and will learn of the importance of sheep in Texas. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math and Science  7627k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:42 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Wheat.pdf
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Students will learn how wheat is grown and processed into many of the foods we eat. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Science and Math  4090k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:30 AM Tamra McGaughy
 3rd Grade Lessons
Ċ Agricultural Heroes.pdf
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Students will be acquainted with significant people in the history of agriculture and their contributions TEKS: Reading and Science  2456k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:26 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ From Moo to Milk and More.pdf
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Students will learn that milk and other dairy products come from dairy cows and will learn the steps in getting dairy products from the farm to our home. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math and Science  4200k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:41 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Goats-a-Long Way.pdf
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Students will learn about the uses of goats, mohair, and other products from goats and will learn about the importance of goats in Texas. Reading, Writing, Math and Science  963k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:44 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ grain.pdf
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Students will identify grain sorghum in Texas and the products that use sorghum as an ingredient. TEKS: Reading and Science  601k v. 4 Mar 7, 2012, 11:40 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Whats For Lunch.pdf
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Students will trace the origins of the ingredients of a hamburger from the soil to their plate and will realize all the different jobs required to product the food we eat and the clothes we wear TEKS: Reading and Science  861k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:28 AM Tamra McGaughy
 4th Grade Lessons
Ċ Agriculture--In Touch With You Daily.pdf
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Students will learn how products and by-products of agriculture affect us everyday TEKS: Reading, Writing and Science  659k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:28 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Bio-Tech.pdf
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Students will be able to give examples of how biotechnology has been used to improve crops and livestock through selective breeding and genetic engineering, will be able to describe certain characteristics that parents, both plant and animal, pass on to their offspring through the process of genetic inheritance and will be able to describe the basic genetic structure found in cells: chromosomes, DNA, and genes. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math and Science  1883k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:46 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Cotton.pdf
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Students will learn the steps cotton goes through to become the clothes we wear. TEKS: Reading, Writing and Math  3632k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:36 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ From Moo to Meat and More.pdf
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Students will learn that we get meat from beef breeds of cattle, will learn how beef cattle are raised, and will learn some of the by-products from beef cattle. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math and Science  3080k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:40 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Hen to Home.pdf
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Students will learn that chickens are produced for two different reasons, broilers for meat and layers for eggs and will learn how broilers and layers are housed and cared. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math and Science for.  4727k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:45 AM Tamra McGaughy
Ċ Trees.pdf
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Students will learn that trees supply many of the things we use everyday, be able to relate the benefits of forests, both in useful products and environmentally, and will recognize the economic importance of forestry in Texas. TEKS: Reading, Writing, Math, and Science  5911k v. 3 Mar 7, 2012, 11:35 AM Tamra McGaughy
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