Adopt A Farmer

Fourth grade classrooms across the state have the chance to "adopt" a farmer for the school year. Our farmers then send the classroom monthly video updates about what is going on at the farm that month. The farmer also visits the classroom at least once during the school year. For more information or to register your class to "adopt" a farmer email rebecca.christman@agunited.org.  

Doug Sieck May Adopt-A-Farmer Video

May 14, 2018
  Video:  https://youtu.be/cmaYydntgc8 -      Core content standard questions: Use and interpret multiplicative equations4.OA.1 Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison, e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times…

Heidi Zwinger & Noemi Vargas May 2018

May 11, 2018
Heidi English English Espanol Spanish   4.L.1.2. Students are able to differentiate between vertebrates and invertebrates, and classify the five groups of vertebrates (mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird, and fish) based on characteristics. Jim…

Clint Brandlee May Video 6

May 11, 2018
Clint's May Adopt-A-Farmer Video 6 Video Optional Dairy Calf Video 7 Video Clint Brandlee Adopt-A-Farmer Video 6 Questions:   -      Core content standard questions:  Story: Farmer Clint is preparing his field for planting. He applies a…

Clint Brandlee April Video, 5

April 19, 2018
April  Clint's Video Content Standard & Question:4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. What classification could you…

Heidi & Noemi April Video

April 11, 2018
Heidi April Video English Recycling Sand Class discussion: What other ways has Heidi talked about recycling on the farm? (reusing water, manure, feed, ect.) 4.RI.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical,…

Doug Sieck, January 2018

January 10, 2018
Soil Aggregate Stability on Doug Sieck's Ranch in North Central South Dakota   Video  

Doug Sieck, December 2017, Adopt A Farmer Video 2

December 19, 2017
December Video Learning about grasses and healthy soil.  December   4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. (SEP: 7…

Greg Moes December Video 3

December 18, 2017
Video # 1 WatertownCalf 14600 December video   Video # 2 DeuelCalf 14649 December Video   Question: The calf weighs 90 pounds at birth. A healthy calf should gain 2 pounds per day. How much will the calf weigh in 8 weeks. 

Heidi Zwinger, December Adopt A Farmer 2017

December 15, 2017
December English English  December Spanish Spanish Questions: Talk with your students about conditioned response. The cows move when the bell goes off, what are some habits they have that may be conditioned? Ex: Standing in line for lunch,…

Clint Brandlee December Video 3

December 15, 2017
Weaning Calves December Video

Doug Sieck, November 2017, Video 1

November 15, 2017
Doug's intro video to his farm! November 2017   Core Content Question:  4-LS1-1Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. …

Clint Brandlee November 2017

November 14, 2017
Clint's November Video about Corn Harvest!  November 2017 4.RI.4-Determine the meaning of general academic and domain- specific words or phrases in a text relevant to grade 4 topic or subject area.  Clint talked about a few different…

Heidi Zwinger, October 2017, English 1

October 27, 2017
October 2017 Video Teacher Resource: Measuring land area on google earth.  You could use this resource to measure how many acres your school sits on!   Discussion Question: How big is an acre?  Do you have a means to go outside and measure out an…

Clint Brandlee, October 2017

October 23, 2017
Clint tells us about his farm and soybean harvest! October 2017 Core Content Standard & Question 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the…

Greg Moes, October 2017

October 19, 2017
October Video   Greg's Intro to life on the farm!

Adam Mohrhauser, May 2017

May 17, 2017
Discussion: Adam told us that he usually plants his corn in April but had to wait until May this year because it was too cold and wet. He waited to plant his seeds until the soil temperature was about 50 degrees. Why does Adam wait until the…

Dawn Nagel, May 2017

May 6, 2017
Originally filmed May 2016.  Core Standard & Question: 4.OA.3 Solve multi-step word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted.…

Jim Petrik, May 2017

May 4, 2017
Originally filmed May 2015   Teacher Resources: http://www.sdcorn.org/2015/01/sd-farmers-harvest-2nd-largest-corn-crop/…

Pete Bakken, May 2017

May 1, 2017
Originally filmed May 2015.  Discussion:  What do you have to do to take care of plants and make sure they grow? Does anyone have a garden? Core Content Standard & Question 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving…

Adam Mohrhauser, April 2017

April 30, 2017
Originally filmed April 2015.  Core Standard & Question: 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem,…

Josh Kayser, April 2017

April 30, 2017
Content Standard & Question 4.nBt Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the…

Jim Petrik, April 2017

April 6, 2017
Originally filmed April 2015.  4.L.1.2. Students are able to differentiate between vertebrates and invertebrates, and classify the five groups of vertebrates (mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird, and fish) based on characteristics. Jim showed us a…

Greg Moes, April 2017

April 6, 2017
Discussion Question: Just like parents take care of sick kids, farmers are committed to caring for sick calves. What are things that your parents do for you when you are sick? Do you remember getting vaccinations before school?   Content…

Heidi Selken, April 2017

April 1, 2017
Originally filmed March 2015 Teacher’s resource: http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/dairy/feed-and-nutrition/feeding-total-mixed-rations/   4.L.2.2. Students are able to explain how a size of a population is dependent upon the available…

Pete Bakken, April 2017

April 1, 2017
Originally filmed April 2015.  Discussion:  What did Peter say was the difference between a cow and a heifer?  Core Content Standard & Question 4.RI.4-Determine the meaning of general academic and domain- specific words or phrases in a text…

Bruce Burkhart, April 2017

April 1, 2017
Explain: Bruce knows about every part of his planter. It is important for farmers to know their equipment really well so that they use it in the correct way. By doing this they will get higher yields in the field! Discussion Questions: 1.…

Phil Eggers, April 2017

April 1, 2017
Content Standard & Question: 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. What classification could you give a cow within the…

Adam Mohrhauser, March 2017

March 6, 2017
 Originally filmed March 2015.  Discussion: Adam told us that preparing for planting is a yearlong process.  He began in October by doing tests on the soil and is now looking into what kind of seed corn to buy. Why do you think he researches and…
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