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Linn County Farm Bureau Education Outreach
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PROGRAM MENU
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Any lesson can be altered to a lower or upper grade then listed.
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LESSON NAMETIMEMATERIALS NEEDED FROM THE ROOMDESCRIPTIONIOWA CORE STANDARDS
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PRESCHOOL
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Apple Orchard Farming30 min Crayons or markers Students will explore apples, apple trees and the life cycle of an apple orchard through literature and hands-on activities to better understand plants and how they provide for us. Recognize that agriculture provides our basic necessities: food, fiber, energy and shelter.
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Scensory Harvest Lesson30 min N/AStudents will discover harvest through hands-on storytelling, sensory stations and craft building Using patience as we create our own harvest story, practicing fine motor skills through craft and exploring different textures and colors of harvest.
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Dress up like a Corn Plant/ combine display 30 minN/ATo introduce students to the parts of a corn plant, as well as talk about the life cycle of a corn plant in an interactive, presentation-style lesson. Using patience as we create our own corn life-cylce story, practicing fine motor skills through craft.
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All about Sheep30 minGlue This lesson provides instructions to prepare a hands-on wool project. Wool processing is a topic that connects easily to social studies and science concepts. Observes objects and events with curiosity, Recognizes patterns and can repeat them, enjoys and values reading and answers questions.
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Ice cream and butter30 min Wet wipes Students will take a step back in time to explore the dairy industry while making homemade ice cream and butter. Language: Uses language to sing new lyrics in a song. Social Development: Cooperates with others during group activities. Social Development: Understands the concept of taking turns.
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Life cycle of a chicken 30 min Approvial to bring chicks Students will observe the life cycle of a chicken, and will notice the similarities and differences of a baby chicken and an adult chicken. Social-Emotional: Regulates own emotions and behaviors. Science and Technology: Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things.
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How do farmers care for their pigs?30 min Outside Students will observe how to take care of a piglet Observes objects and events with curiosity, Recognizes patterns and can repeat them, enjoys and values reading and answers questions.
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From Corn to Cereal 30 minwet wipes Students will learn about corn production and how many products are made from one commodity.Physical: Demonstrates traveling skills, Cognitive: Uses symbols and images to represent something not present. Literacy: Comprehends and responds to books.
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Vegetable Gardens 30 mincrayons Students will explore vegetable gardens through a hands-on scensory table, story time and a germination activity. Language: Listens to and understands increasingly complex language. Uses language to express thoughts and needs. Cognitive: Demonstrates positive approaches to learning. Literacy: Demonstrates knowledge of alphabet. Comprehends and responds to books.
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Planting with Pre-schoolers 30 min N/AStudents will discover the plant life-cycle through personally observing the growth process. Physical: Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination. Uses writing and drawing utensils. Language: Follows directions and comprehends language. Cognitive: remembers and connects experiences. Literacy: interacts during read-aloud and book conversations.
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Dress up like a Corn Plant30 min N/ATo introduce students to the parts of a corn plant, as well as talk about the life cycle of a corn plant in an interactive, presentation-style lesson.3-LS1-1, T1.3-5.b, T2.3-5.e.
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Plant Tops and Bottoms30 min N/AStudents will identify where fruits and vegetables belong on a MyPlate diagram and describe major parts of plants- roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits according to if they are produced on the top or bottom of plants. 1-LS1-1, K-LS1-1, Health standard: 1.2.1
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Do you want to grow a pizza? (making cracker pizza) 30 min Hand sanitizer Students will learn about the sources and healthfullness of several common foods. K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1 RI.1.2 and 21.K-2.HL.4
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Pumpkins not just for Halloween30 min Hand sanitizer Students will learn a variety of subjects including history, science, nutrition and math through the study of pumpkins. Activities include estimating the size of a pumpkin, sprouting seeds and making pumpkin pie in a bag. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2, K-LS1-1, and K-ESS3-1
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Sheep/wool lesson 30 min Glue This lesson provides instructions to prepare a hands-on wool project. Wool processing is a topic that connects easily to social studies and science concepts. SS.K.14, SS.K.15, SS.K.19, K–LS1–1
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Water use on the farm30 min Paper towels Students will explore humans' demands on the world's water supply and discuss ways to conserve it. K-ESS3-1. K-ESS3-3.
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From Corn to Cereal30 min Wet wipes Students will learn about corn production and how many products are made from one commodity. SS.1.11., RI.1.7.
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Farmers and Gardeners30 min N/ATo help students understand some key differences and similarities between large-scale (farmer) and small-scale (gardeners) food production, while helping students learn to make connections, communicate, and use visual aids to portray concepts. K-LS1-1, K-2-ETS1-1
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All about Milk 40 min Any allergies? Students will explore the variety of milks available and the source of those milks. K-ESS3-1, K-LS1-1, 21.K-2.HL.1, 21.K-2.HL4
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Bees, Bees, Bees30 min Any allergies? Students will understand the importance of bees and the basics of pollination. S.K-2.LS.3, S.K-2.LS.4, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS-3
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Plant Propagation 30 minCups from Foss Kit Students will try to make new plants from the stems of mature plants. Each student works with a part of the plant- stem, leaf or stem and leaf. They put the parts into water and observe them over time. 1–LS3–1, 1–LS1–1
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Discovering Terrariums 30 min Tubs from Foss Kit Students will learn what plants need to live and grow in a terrarium. We will draw connections to what crops and livestock need in order to grow. 1–LS1–1, 1–LS1–2
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Sand Silt and Pebbles 30 min (4 lessons)Rocks Foss Kit 1st lesson: How are various materials on earth similar and different? 2nd lesson: Rocks are Earth's materials made up of different size particles. Smaller rocks result from weathering of larger rocks. 3rd lesson: Erosion is a result of weathering. 4th lesson: Earth materials are natural resources. Soils can be descibed by properties. Soils vary from place to place. 2–ESS1–1, 2–ESS2–1
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Seed Tape 30 min N/AStudents will conduct a hands-on activity to explore a new way to plant seeds. There are many ways to grow new plants. Students will learn about seed tape, seedlings, bulbs, tubers and cuttings.1–LS1–1, 1–LS3–1, K–2–ETS1–1, 1.G.A.1, 1.G.A.3
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My life box and bracelet 30 min N/AStudents will explore what all living things need in order to survive through the creation of a life box. 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS2-1, 1-PS4-2, and SL.1.1
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Sunflower life cycle 30 min Crayons and glue Students will learn about the growth and development of sunflowers and other plants. S.K-2.LS.2, S.K-2.LS.3, S.K-2.ES.3
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Thanksgiving Turkeys 45 min scissors and glue For students to gain a better understanding of a turkey, the turkey farmer and the life cycle of a turkey, while strengthening language arts and sequencing skills. 1-LS1-1, RI.1.IA.1, RI.1.7, SL.1.5.
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Cotton to blue jeans 40 min N/AStudents will learn about goods and services and how different goods get from the farm to the consumer. SS.1.11., RI.1.7
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Today's Weather 30 min Paper towels Students will discover how weather plays a large role in how our food is grown and raised. W.K.7, K-ESS2-1
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Farm Animals for Beginners30 min N/AStudents will identify characteristics of farm animals including differentiating between mammals and oviparous (egg laying) animals. SL.K.6, SS.K-2.E2, SS.K-2.E.6
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Seed Germination necklaces 30 min plus 10 min everyday for 5 daysN/AIn this lesson, students will observe corn and soybean seeds as they germinate. 1–LS1–1,
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School Garden 30 minOutside Students will discover what vegetables are used to make homemade salsa while practicing fine-motor skills and exploring healthy alternatives. 1-LS3-1, 1-LS1-1, SL.1.1, SL.1.2
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Liquids and Solids- Dairy Edition 30 minAny allergies?Students will explore through hands-on experiments, the concepts of liquids and solids. SK.PS.2, SK-2.ES.4, 2–PS1–1, 2–PS1–4
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Sunflower Life-cycle 30 min Class scissors and glue Students will learn about the growth and development of sunflowers and other plantsS.K-2.LS.2, S.K-3.LS.3, 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2
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Hungry Caterpillar 30 min Class scissors and glue Students begin to understand common agricultural products 2-LS4-1, 2-PS1-3
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Supreme Seeds 30 min N/AIn this lesson students will observe various types of seed, be introduced to the many uses of seeds, taste edible seeds and make a seed mosaic. Health Standard 7: D7.2.1
7.2.2 Reading: Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10
Speaking and Listening: Anchor Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1
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Many Hats of an Iowa Farmer 30 minutes N/A Students will understand that farmers have to complete many different types of tasks for their jobs and why those tasks are important.Speaking and listening standards K-5 SL.1.2
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Greenhouse and garden planning 30 min Water and markers Students will explore the art of planning a garden. Each individual will choose plants, plan a layout, prepare soil, plant seeds and water daily. Students will gain real-world experience through hands-on planning and planting. S.K-2.LS.1, S.K-2.LS.2, S.K-2.SI.3, K-LS1-1
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Feed Sacks Cattle Lesson30 minElectricity, any allergies?Students will learn the basics of cow nutrition and how STEM used in cattle production. 2-LS4-1, S-PS1-4, SS.2.14., SS.2.21.
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The case of the missing pumpkin 30 minHole punch, stapler and scissorsStudents will investigate the life-cycle and decomposition of pumpkins2-LS2-1, K-LS1-1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2
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Time for Cranberries 30 min Any allergies?Students will work together to discover how cranberries are produced. From farm to plate, the class will explore geography, problem solving and diversity in farming. 2–LS2–1, 2–LS4–1, 2–ESS2–2, SS.2.17, W.2.1
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Cover crop monsters 30 min N/ACover crops help provide protection for soil while other crops are not growing on it. In this activity students learn about germination, growth, root structures and conservation practices by making a cover crop moster and helping it grow. 2-LS2-1, 2-LS2-2, RL.2.7, L.2.3
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Mighty Soybeans 30 min N/AStudents will observe the power of seeds by germinating seeds in Plaster of Paris. S.K-2.LS.1, S.K-2.LS.2, S.K-2.SI.3, K-LS1-1
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Edible seeds 30 min N/AIn this lesson students will observe various types of seed, be introduced to the many uses of seeds, taste edible seeds and make a seed mosaic. 3–LS1–1, 3–LS3–2, 3–LS3–1, SL.3.1, SL.3.3
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Machines in Agriculture 30 minTechnology/screenThe purpose of this activity is for students to make connections between the six types of simple machines and the complex machinery used to produce food and fiber. 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2, 4 and 5
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Discover Christmas Trees 45 minTechnology/screenThis lesson is composed of six learning activities to teach about the Holiday Tree, science, history, and geography topics are used to teach about the histroy of the Christmas tree, life cycle of a conifer, types of trees and how they adapt, working on a tree farm and the ecology of conifer trees. SS.3.20, SS.3.21, SS.3.13, 3–LS1–1, 3–LS4–3, 3–LS4–4
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Corn by-prodcuts 30 minN/AStudents will learn and exercise knowledge of primary and secondary products made from corn. 21.3-5.ES.3, 21.3-5.ES.4, RI.5.3, 3-LS4-2.
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Topsy turvy soybeans 30 min with observations for two weeksAccess to light Students will observe how plants respond to gravity by germinating soybeans in a CD case and rotating the case as they grow. S.3-5.LS.1, S.3-5.SI.1
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My Seed house 30 minN/AStudents will observe the growth and development of seeds and learn what conditions make seeds germinate. S.3-5.LS.1, S.3-5.SI.1
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Agriculture Across the USA30 minScreen Students will use knowledge of climate and landforms to study food production regions throughout the United States.SS.K-2.G.3, SS.K-2.G.4, 3–LS4–4, SS.3.21
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Sand, Silt and Clay30 minN/AStudents will conduct an experiement to observe soil particle size.SS.3.21, SS.3.20, SS.3.19, 3–ESS2–1, 3–ESS2–2
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The 4Rs to Cleaner Water30 min N/AStudents will begin to form a connection with agriculture through the application of the 4Rs (right source, right rate, right time and right place). 3-ESS3-1, SS.3.25, SS.3.21
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Soil- Erosion Unit30 Minutes/3 days Water Lesson 1: Students will identify the components of soil and demonstrate that soil contains air and water. Lesson 2: Students will determine the water holding capacity of different soils and investigate how organic matter affects the amount of water a soil will hold. Lesson 3: Students will begin to comprehend the importance of our soil and how erosion plays a role in moving soil. 4-ESS1-1, 5-ESS2-1, 5-LS2-1, 3-ESS2-1, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1
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Composting45 minutes N/A Students will be introduced to composting and vermicomposting andn how it impacts the health of our soil. 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, S.K-2,SI.1, S.K-2.SI.6
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Time for Cranberries 30 minN/AStudents will work together to discover how cranberries are produced. From farm to plate, the class will explore geopgraphy, problem solving and diversity in farming. What is the environmental impact of cranberries and how does technology improve cranberry farm efficiencey. 4-ESS3-2, 4-ESS2-1
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Pork Buildings 30 min Projector and computer for videoIt is pork month and we are celebrating! Students will use STEM to discover what a pig barn looks like. 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 3-LS2-1 and 3-LS1-1
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Discovering Plants Unit 30 minutes/4 daysN/A In the first lesson, students will observe corn and soybean seeds as they germinate and compare monocots and dicots. Lesson 2: Students will observe the power of seeds by germinating soybeans in Plaster of Paris, Lesson 3: To identify the male and female structures of the flower. Lesson 3: Students will discover the art and importance of food making in plants. S.3-5.LS.1, S.3-5.Sl.1, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2
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Antique tools 30 minTechnology and screenTo learn about history and culture through the comprehension of antique farm machines and their present counter-partsSS.4.25, SS.4.26, SS.4.20
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John Deere that's who 30 min Technology and screenStudents will explore how producers and consumers work together to meet human needs by using the book John Deere That's WhoSS.4.25, SS.4.26, SS.4.20 + Literacy standards
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Watershed Decisions 30 minPaper towels Students will explore how water flows downstream through watersheds and how the flow of water impacts quality.5-ESS3-1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 and 2, SS.4.17, 4–ESS2–1, 4–ESS2–2, 4–ESS3–2
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Fermentation in a bag45 minN/AThis classroom activity is a basic experiment that allows students to observe the process of fermentation and the challenge of producing ethanol from cellilosic sources. 4–ESS3–1, 4–ESS3–2, 4–LS1–1, 3–5–ETS1–2, 21.3–5.TL.1, 21.3–5.TL.3, 21.3–5.TL.4, RI.4.1
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Vermicomposting 30 min Magnifying glassesStudents will be introduced to composting and vermicomposting andn how it impacts the health of our soil. S.3-5.LS.1, RI.4.2, 4–LS1–2
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Planting Unit 30 minutes x 3N/ADiscovering Plants Curriculum (combination of lessons)4–LS1–1, 4–LS1–2
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Build a calf herd 45 minutes Technology and screenStudents will explore genes and heredity in the context of beef cattle4–LS1–1, 4–LS1–2, 4.OA.C.5, SS.4.1, SS.4.4
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Keeping Soil in it's Place45 minN/AStudents will be able to demonstrate rain drop splash and determine it's impact on bare soil, ultimately being able to visually identify types of erosion. 5–LS2–1, 5–ESS3–1
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The story of Apple Production 30 min computer and projector Students will learn and identify factors that go into producing an apple. They will learn how an apple grows throughout each season and how each season is important for apple production 5-ESS3-1
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Strawberry DNA Extraction 45 min N/AThis lesson centers around the activity of extracting DNA from a strawberry while highlighting careers in biotechnology and agriculture.5–PS1–1
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Enjoying the Harvest 1 hourScissors Students will identify the parts of a wheat plant and what wheat kernel and investigate the process of milling wheat kernels into flour. SL.5.1, SL.5.3, 5–LS1–1
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Nitrogen Life-cycle 50 minN/AStudents will gain an understanding of the nitrogen cycle and why farmers practice crop rotation or choose to fertilize. 5–PS1–1, 5–LS1–1, 5–LS2–1, SL.5.1, SL.5.2
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Blue's the Clue 30 minAccess to a fridge and freezerIntroduce students to the effect temperature has on reducing and controlling the growth of bacteria. Students will use conventually pasteurized and ultra-high temperature milk to observe how different temperatures affect the growth of spoilage bacteria. 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-2, SS.5.13, SS.5.24
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Test Tube Hydroponics 1 hour Technology and screenStudents will investigate the importance of nutrients to plant growth and discover how plants grow without soil by growing and observing plants in a test tube hydroponics system. 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS3-1
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Garden in a Glove 30 minutes + 10 minutes a day for 5 daysAccess to light In this lesson, students will observe seeds as they germinate and compare monocots and dicots. 5–PS3–1, 5–LS1–1, SS.5.2
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Beef Basics 45 min N/AStudents will explain the importance of the beef cattle industry, including the products cattle produce, the production process from farm to plate, and how cattle can utilize and obtain energy from grass and other forage. 3-LS4-3, 5-PS3-1, SS.5.19, SS.5.22
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