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.  

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…

Heidi Selken, March 2017

March 1, 2017
Originally filmed March 2016 Standard & Question: 4.H.3.1 Compare and contrast life today with life in historical time periods Heidi explained that sand is used instead of straw. How else do you think caring for cows is different now than…

Pete Bakken, March 2017

March 1, 2017
Originally filmed March 2015.  Discussion:  Peter told us that some people wonder if it is good for the cattle to be transported together in a trailer.  He then told us that cattle are similar to people because they are social creatures.  Why may…

Phil Eggers, March 2017

March 1, 2017
Content Standard & Question: 4.ET.CT.1.1 Identify the role of technology in a community and society Phil talked to us about his bull sale this month. What role did technology play in his sale? Can you list some of the jobs that related to the…

Josh Kayser, March 2017

March 1, 2017
Discussion Question: Why do farmers use fertilizer? Plants need water, sunlight, and nutrients from the soil to grow. Fertilizer adds these nutrients to the ground.   Content Standard & Question 4.RF.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and…

Ross Varilek, February 2017

February 15, 2017
Originally filmed February 2016

Heidi Selken, February 2017

February 6, 2017
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, distinguishing multiplicative…

Bruce Burkhart, February 2017

February 1, 2017
Explain: A shot is given only to pigs if they are sick.  Just like you get medicine when you are sick, the pigs do as well to help them feel better.  Discussion Question:  Bruce mentioned the manure goes down through the slats to where it…

Phil Eggers, February 2017

February 1, 2017
Content Standard & Question: 4.OA operations and algebraic thinking Phil’s dad hopped on the scale for us, and he was 260lbs. If he was sick, Phil told us that he would need 3cc’s per 100 weight. That means that you should give 3 cc’s (ml) for…

Adam Mohrhauser, January 2017

January 31, 2017
Originally filmed January 2015.  Discussion:  Adam told us that he gives vaccinations to keep calves healthy.  Do you remember getting shots when you were young? Do you know why you got them?   Standard: : 4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word…

Greg Moes, January 2017

January 31, 2017
Discussion: Cows and calves have a very specialized diet to stay healthy. What are foods that you should eat to stay healthy?  Greg told us that many of his feed ingredients are by-products. Do you know what a by-product is? Can you think of other…

Dawn Nagel, January 2017

January 30, 2017
Originally filmed January 2016. Standard:  5.5.3  List healthy options to health-related issues or problems. Dawn makes sure her cattle get all the right nutrients, and explained how they feed the cows in the winter to make sure they are healthy.…

Heidi Selken, January 2017

January 20, 2017
Originally filmed January 2016 Discussion: Heidi told us that they recycle sand for the cows to lie on. What are things that you can recycle? Why is recycling important? What things can you recycle?   Teacher Resource: List of things that can be…

Pete Bakken, January 2017

January 11, 2017
Originally filmed January 2015.  Discussion: Why is manure good for the soil? How is this a type of recycling? What things can you recycle? List of things that can be recycled: http://earth911.com/recycling/ Teacher Resource: Teacher…

Jim Petrik, January 2017

January 4, 2017
Originally filmed March 2015. Teacher Resource: http://blog.ohiopork.org/pig-grow-fast-naturally/#.VQCNUlYwhZg   Core Standard & Question: 4.OA.3 Solve multi-step word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using…

Bruce Burkhart, January 2017

January 1, 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 unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing…
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