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 curriculumare 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
Farm Bureau, Research, Education and Policy Development Dept., P.O. Box 2689, Waco,
or call (254) 772-3030.
everything we eat and wear comes from agriculture.
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
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
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
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
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