We are an extremely rural school in Southern Illinois. Our school's population is derived from three farming communities. We service students Pre-K through third grade. Our school proudly supports the characteristics of the surrounding community. Agriculture is our way of life. It is my goal to give my students opportunities and experiences to foster their development and understanding of their world. Though you may think of kindergarten as a year for play, the actuality is that kindergarten kids work hard and learn a lot in a very short time. It is a crucial year to build the foundation for learning.
Many of my students live on or near a farm.
It is very important to offer programs that help to teach primary students where their food comes from and about the importance of the agriculture industry. Our students need to understand the important role that science and technology play in producing our food. Agriculture, health, and nutrition go hand in hand. They all promote human well being. Locally and regionally grown food and livestock are good for our economy as well as our bodies!
This project will allow my students to explore sustainable agriculture. We see farm equipment daily in our rural community. Learning and understanding the name and functions of farm equipment is the beginning of agriculture education and engineering. We are aware of the seasons by the tractors we see in the fields. Combines and grain carts are staples in the fall. Spring is the time for planting. Learning about the crops that are harvested and their uses is of utmost importance.
It is important for my students to understand terms like fresh fruit, delicious vegetables, planting, harvest, crop rotation, nutrition, livestock, and healthy choices.
By using appropriate vocabulary, exposure, and science, our students should learn the value of farming and agriculture at school.
Farm animals or livestock are an important part of our nation’s agricultural industry and also an important part of our survival. Not only do these animals serve to produce food high in protein, vitamins and minerals; they also provide many by-products (leather, wool, medical products, etc.) which we cannot live without. This project will begin to introduce students to livestock. Students will begin to understand farm animals need constant care and the basics (air, space, food, water, and shelter) to thrive.
My goal is to increase student achievement in science by building awareness, appreciation and support for tools, materials and curriculum that support student achievement through hands-on learning.
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