Grain harvesting lessons developed for K-12 |

Grain harvesting lessons developed for K-12

Educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade about the process of growing and harvesting wheat and other grains in America is the theme of a new series of lessons called ‘Harvesting: Crops & Careers’ developed by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, U.S. Custom Harvesters, New Holland and ConjoStudios LLC.

The seven lessons introduce students to new technologies and varied careers involved in producing and harvesting grain crops, and are tied to film footage from ConjoStudios’ Conrad Weaver, producer of ‘The Great American Wheat Harvest’ movie.

The seven lessons are at and the topics are:

» ‘Little Red Hen’s Harvest’ – Kindergarten through second grade students learn about the different jobs involved in producing a loaf of bread.

» ‘Enjoying the Harvest’ – Third through fifth grade students read about the history and science of wheat and learn why wheat varieties are bred for different growing conditions.

» ‘Timing is Everything: The Crop Depends on the Weather’ – Middle school students play a game to determine how much wheat a section of land will yield based on a series of setbacks caused by weather, insects and other environmental factors.

» ‘Helping the Little Red Hen: Careers about Wheat Production’ – Middle and high school students learn about careers involved in wheat production, identify careers in which they’re interested and research to learn more about those careers.

» ‘Who Will Help Me Harvest the Wheat? Combines and Careers in Ag Mechanics’ – Middle and high school students read about the development and operation of a combine harvester, and learn about careers in agricultural mechanics.

» ‘Government Work: Agricultural Research, Education, Extension & Farm Support’ – Middle and high school students read about the history of government policy and legislation related to wheat research, education, extension and farm support and debate the role of government in these areas.

» ‘Sensors & Satellites: Careers & Technology in Agriculture’ – Middle and high school students discuss modern applications of electronics and sensors in wheat production and harvest, conduct an experiment to find infrared light and interpret satellite images as applied to farming.

For more information, call Lisa Gaskalla at (352) 846-1391 or email

-National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization

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