Elementary

Elementary students are “hungry” to learn about agriculture! From hatching chicks to creating an inviting habitat for bees, these lessons explain the many facets of agriculture and the impacts on their lives.

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4-H aquaculture challenge

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What is aquaculture? Why is it becoming a growing industry? Globally, fish consumption has nearly doubled in the last 40 years. At the same time wild fish capture has leveled off. This is due to decreasing wild stocks and high scrutiny of fishing practices. …
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Agriculture in print: soy ink

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How do we replace non-renewable resources with renewable resources in high use products like inks? Create ink recipes and test the formulas. Ink is basically pigment mixed in a liquid that will not blur when put on paper. Inks made with soybean oil are made from a renewable resource, are much more …
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Amy Sigg Davis

Farmer
commodities farming soybeans
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Animal agriculture: engineer an egg catcher

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How do engineers solve problems in agriculture? It takes 30 million eggs a day to satisfy the US consumer! Ohio is #2 in the nation in egg production and ag engineers have helped to design facilities that keep chickens safe from predators and …
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Baby chicks at Bolton Elementary

Feb 22, 2017
Keisha Pitts-Bullard Bolton Elementary School What an amazing experience this was! Our kindergarten class collaborated with the third grade class at Bolton Elementary School in Cleveland. The students enjoyed watching the process unfold. The third …
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Barbara Bloetscher

State Apiarist/ Entomologist for The Ohio Dept of Agriculture, Division of Plant Health
honey bees apiarist biology
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ChickQuest

Take your students on a classroom journey through the life cycle of chickens. STEM activities promote unforgettable learning, and you’ll take home all you need to hatch eggs in your class!
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Community outreach events bring soybean science to the masses!

Jun 30, 2017
Ohio Soybean Council ambassadors have been traveling around to share science and fun with eager learners. Soy Excited for Science, Eastland Fairfield CC A group of about 30 students investigated chemistry and food science around soy including making …
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Emily Ratliff

Commodity Merchandiser
agribusiness commodities
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Five things you might not know about soybeans‍

Soy is a common source of protein and appears in tofu, as well as an ingredient in many different types of food, such as salad dressing, chocolate and baked goods. Soy comes from soybeans – a crop grown by farmers throughout the United States, i …
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Healthy soils

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What makes soil healthy? What methods might farmers use to maintain healthy soil? “Soil” doesn’t just mean “dirt.” It is a mixture of minerals like rocks and clay, organic material like dead leaves, living organisms like worms, microbes, and insects, and even air and water. There is an ent …
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Henry Ford and George Washington Carver team up to make bio-based products

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How do scientists and engineers work together to solve problems? Scientists and engineers work together to “industrialize” the use of agriculture products. Oil and protein from plants can be turned into many products. Design some new products using items from arou …
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Hula hoop math: yield prediction

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Can we predict the yield of a crop and forecast food production? Use hula hoops and math to predict how many bushels of soybeans are growing in a particular field. This fun activity was tested with 500 6th graders from Newark City Schools at the Devine Farms in …
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Layers of “soil” make learning tasty

Oct 31, 2018
Mary Wolf’s third grade class at General Rosecrans Elementary has been very busy learning about soil and soybeans. After a presentation on soil horizons, the students made their own with pudding, cookie crumbs, and gummy worms. Wolf said, “My …
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Leslie Cooksey

Extension Educator at 4-H Youth Development
agriscience elementary extension camps afterschool programs
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Living the hive life

3 lessons, 8 files
How important are honey bees to our food supply? What’s happening to honey bees? This unit contains three different ways to learn about honey bees and pollinators: a video for all to learn more about bees and how to successfully keep them, a p …
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Meet the bean: soybeans are everywhere!

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What is a soybean? Why are soybeans such a valuable crop? Here are some activities that are perfect for agriculture days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! Recipes for soy plastic and soy lip balm …
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My Little Ag Me‍

Are you ready to jump into a career in agriculture? Step into the world of agriculture careers as you try on the clothes, pick up the tools, and visit the places where the men and women of American agriculture work.
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Plant oils matter: agricultural soap

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What are the ingredients of products you use everyday like soap? Does it matter where they come from? Soap made from soybeans? Sunflowers? Olives? Plant oils have different “fatty acids” that determine the characteristics of your soap—is it creamy? bubbly? hard? soft? It is the oil in plants that makes …
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e-learning

Soybeans 101

What do you know about soybeans? This course provides an overview of soybeans. Students learn about the parts of the soybean plant and the many uses of soybeans. Information is also provided about the process of growing and exporting soybeans.

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Soy McCoy coloring book

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What is a soybean? What value does it have? For younger students, a coloring book that introduces soybeans: the history and the uses in animal agriculture, bioproducts and the local grocery store. This is perfect for ag days, camps or after …
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Thrive‍

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Virtual field trips

Take your class on a virtual field trip to learn more about modern farming and connect with a real Ohio soybean farmer. See the farmer in action! Engage in a live video tour of soybean fields Ride in a tractor and/or combine Ask questions about planting, seed germination, management, and harvest Discover the uses and benefits of Ohio soybeans Understand the …
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Water Windmill Challenge

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How do engineers build strong support structures? This unit asks students to create a windmill structure using the Engineering Design Process. A farmer has hired your company, Wind Power Technologies, to engineer a derrick to support a …
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We have never bean soy excited before!

Nov 24, 2017
Elementary schools around Ohio are learning about soybeans through fun, fast-paced interactive assemblies. The Ohio Soybean Council is sponsoring these school presentations designed to educate children about agriculture in general and soybeans in …