Lesson Kits

These kits are available through your local Farm Bureau at no cost. Kits are stocked with all supplies needed for the lesson

Ag Kits Available through the Farm Bureau

Pondering Pizza: A Slice of Agriculture: 
Take a look at a slice of agriculture… a pizza slice. Learn how all this begins on farms how they are processed, distributed and made into a delicious meal. Exploring Planet Pizza via video and take a part in a slice of the action through the Pizza Party fractions game.

Illinois: 
Contains math, English, social studies and science lessons covering the six geographic lessons of the State of Illinois’ Chicagoland, Northwestern, Northeastern, Eastcentral and southern.  It also has general lessons plans on the State of Illinois, which includes futures traiding, agricultural products, the Illinois flag, moving Illinois by rail, road to river, to name a few.

Animals in Agriculture-Their Growth and Development:
(K-6)
Students compare common food products, livestock feed, checking for protein, sugar, starch, fat, and vitamin C. They dissect a chicken wing comparing its functions of the human arm. Scale animal models are used to help learn about livestock weight estimates.

Agriculture Measures Up: Using Mathematics in Agriculture:
(4th-8th)
Students Compute the area and calculate enclosures as they study the most economical use of fencing. A small jar of shelled corn is used to stimulate a growing estimate weights, number and volumes. Students determine the amount of fertilizer needed for the lawn of a problem after they have calculated the areas of a lot, house, garage, and driveway.

Probing Our Soils: Getting to the Roots of Agriculture:
(6th-8th)
Students collect soil samples, study soil texture and structure determine acid and base reactions, measures ph, compare moisture holding capacity of different soils and examine the effects of soil erosion and pollutants.

Eggciting Experiments: Chick Incubation and Embryology:
(4th-8th)
Students participate in a 5-week study of living organism including incubation of chickens eggs charting events as the embryos develop in the egg and observation and care to the hatched chicks.

Agriculture Renews Our Planet: Growing Energy for the Future: 
(4th-8th)
Students compare soy ink with petroleum-based ink make biodegradable plastics from corn and compare renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.

Insects: Friends or Foes:
(4th-8th)
Students studies the parts of a grasshopper and compares it to close relatives. Study and compare honeybee queens, drones, and workers, and study the role of honeybee in plant pollination.

Protein Providers: The Superb Soybean: 
(4th-8th)
Students examine the effect of water on seeds, learn the parts of seeds, compare monocots with dicot seeds and plants, study the effects of temperature variations on seed germination and plant growth and investigate the many uses of soybean products in our lives.

Dairy Delights Good Nutrition from Milk:
(4th-8th)
This kit provides hands- on experiences for students as they become in demonstrating the processes of using milk and acids, enzymes, bacteria, heat, and cold to make glue, cottage cheese, yogurt, and ice-cream.

Growing Better Everyday: Using Genetics to Improve Agriculture: 
(6th-8th)
Colored paper clips are used to illustrate genes and chromosome chains as students learn how traits are inherited by offspring from parents. A germination study of seeds, which produce albino or normal green corn plants, helps students understand genotypes and phenotypes. Students learn about probabilities of transmission of two genes from parents to offspring.

Pumpkin Patch: A Vine through Time:
(PK-3rd)
Discover the wonders of pumpkins. Watch tiny seeds grow into several varieties of pumpkins in a time-lapse video and learn how to prepare the soil for the next year’s crop. The pumpkin patch contains posters, books, hands-on activities, recipes, and fascinating pumpkin facts.

Dairy Cow Capers: Exploring Dairy Farming and Nutrition:
(PK-6th)
Explore dairy farming in action. Through videos and books experience the life of dairy cows on the farm and see a veterinarian at work. Follow the path milk takes as it travels from the cow to you. Learn about the nutritional value of dairy products and try your hand at making butter. This kit may be alone or as a perfect supplement to the Dairy Delights AgriScience Kit

 

Eggsploring Poultry: Cracking the Egg: 
(K-6th)
Crack the mystery of eggs and see a miracle in 21 days. Eggsploring Poultry is filled with books on embryology, videos, poultry facts, games, and other hand-on activities. These materials may be used alone, but are a great supplement to the Eggciting Experiments AgriScience Kit.

Unraveling Fibers: More Than Just Clothes: 
(1st-6th)
Unravel the mysteries of the fibers that make up our clothing and a multitude of other items. Through hands- on activities, books video, and fiber samples discover the origins of many natural fibers such as cotton, wool, and silk. Try your hand at spinning and weaving and learn how fibers are woven into our daily lives. Use the magnifying lenses to take a closer look at the textile industry.

Hydroponics Agriscience Kit:
Constructing a simple hydroponics unit, growing plants with a nutrient water solution, and determining levels of a pH nutrient solution.

Dairy Magic Kit
Daracadabra! Alohomora! Open the doors . . . of active discovery and watch your students explore the depths of the Agriculture industry. The curriculum in the DAIRY magic kit is multidisciplinary, all inclusive, and designed to bring the dairy industry to life in your classroom. This kit provides hands-on experiences for students as they become involved in demonstrating the processes of using milk and acids, enzymes, bacteria, heat, and cold to make cottage cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.

Physical Agriscience Kit
The Physical Agriscience Kit contains a five day lesson plan including: Heat Energy, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Solar Energy, Mechanical Advantage, Electrical Energy and Energy Conservation. This kit also contains the Teaching Manual, 10 Student Manuals, Student Self Guided Computer Disk and all materials and supplies.

Soil Magic Kit
SOIL magic Abracadabra! Alohomora! Open the doors . . . of active discovery and watch your students explore the depths of the Agriculture industry. The curriculum in the SOIL magic kit is multidisciplinary, all inclusive, and designed to bring the soils to life in your classroom. This kit provides hands-on experiences for students as they become involved in conducting experiments in soil pH, creating soil profiles, learning the soil scientific components, and speaking out for soil issues.

Getting to the Core: Apples and Orchards
How do apples grow? Where do all the varieties of apples come from? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Take an inside look at apples and their history. Getting to the Core: Apples and Orchards includes hands-on activities and games, things to make and things to eat, videos, posters, and books. Replacement supplies can be purchased separately.

Agriscience Kit Soil Erosion
With this kit, students explore the different stages of soil erosion, from the battering impact of raindrops to the scouring effect of run-off water. The kit has everything you need to conduct four soil experiments (except for water and a bag of topsoil). Students create their own “soil worms” out of silt, sand, and clay, learning in the process about soil texture and how it relates to soil erosion. They also create rainstorms on pans of soil, demonstrating the power of raindrops and run-off to erode soil.

Poultry Magic Kit
Graph incubation periods of different poultry breeds. Explore osmosis, discover poultry dishes from around the World and more. Bring Ag topics to life with this Multidisciplinary Agricultural Integrated Curriculum Kit – it’s Magic!

Insect Magic Kit
Capture students’ interest as they study butterflies, grasshoppers, honeybees, and boll weevils while honing skills across four subject areas. Bring Ag topics to life with this Multidisciplinary Agricultural Integrated Curriculum Kit – its magic!

Plant Magic Kit
Discover plant differences, learn about ecosystems, and see how plants affect the Illinois economy! Also delve into history and explore current issues. Ponder plants with this Multidisciplinary Agricultural Integrated Curriculum Kit – its magic!

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