Farm-to-Kids Texas Mixed 3-5 Educational Module
Welcome to the Farm To Kids 3-5 Educational Module. This program contains six engaging lessons that use hands-on experience to teach students introductory concepts in biology while promoting healthy, local, seasonal eating. This module builds off of the introductory concepts presented in the Farm-to-Kids Texas K-2 Educational Module, but can also be taught to students who did not participate in the earlier module if they’ve received the foundational knowledge in some other way. Each lesson covers a new topic in the biological sciences and ends with a recipe that the whole class can prepare and eat together. At the end of this educational module, students should know the life cycle of a plant, what environmental conditions support healthy plant growth, and the unique role that plants fill in the global food chain.
Supply List for Farm-to-Kids Texas Mixed 3-5:
3rd-5th Grade Lessons Overview
|Lesson||Science TEKS||Main Idea||Objectives|
|Activities||Local Food Focus||Make It||Taste It|
|1-Plant Life Cycles||10C||Flowers turn into fruits, which contain seeds. Seeds grow new plants of their same species.||Explore the lifecycle of a plant.||Bean Lifecycle Sequence Cards||Vegetables for dipping||Bean Dip||Bean Dip|
|2- Soil||7A||Soil characteristics determine what plants can be grown in an area.|
|SWBAT describe differences in soil texture, color, and the capacity to retain water.|
SWBAT explore the connection between soil nutrients and plant needs.
|Water Capacity Experiment, Soil Sample Observations||Root vegetables||Peeling and Cutting root vegetables||Roasted root vegetables|
|3- Fresh Food Nutrition||3B||Eating a variety of naturally colored food helps your body stay healthy.||Analyze nutritional labels for important information.||Nutritional Label Comparison||Colorful vegetables||Rainbow Salad||Rainbow Salad|
|4- Producers||9A||Producers need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to make their own food.||SWBAT draw a diagram of the inputs and products of photosynthesis.||Photosynthesis Diagram||Tomatoes||Salsa||Chips and Salsa|
|5- Consumers||9A||Consumers must eat other organisms for their food.||SWBAT differentiate between producers and consumers.||Producers and Consumers card sort||Broccoli, carrots|
|Pasta Salad||Pasta Salad|
|6-Seasonality||8A||An area’s climate determines the food that grows in that area.||Determine which foods grow during fall, winter, spring and summer||Seasonalitywheel||Raw seasonal vegetables||Chopped Salad||ChoppedSalad|
|Extra Lesson #1||10A||Chickens have adaptations that help them to survive.||SWBAT explore chicken genetics and describe the life cycle of a chicken.||Chicken Breed matching||Eggs||Deviled Eggs||Deviled Eggs|
|Extra Lesson #2||10A||Bees use adaptations such as antennae and pheromones to locate and collect food.|
|SWBAT identify honeybees and the roles of bees in a hive.|
SWBAT describe pollination.
|Pollination and the Waggle Dance||Honey||Peanut Honey Balls||Local Honey and Peanut Honey Balls|