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  

Heidi Zwinger, January 2019

January 17, 2019 

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

Heidi Selken, April 2017

April 1, 2017
Originally filmed March 2015 Teacher’s resource:   4.L.2.2. Students are able to explain how a size of a population is dependent upon the available…

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…

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…

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…

Heidi Selken, December 2016

December 2, 2016
Discussion: Boadwine Farms works hard to protect the environment. They save fuel by not driving the manure to apply it on the fields. They also recycle their water, and reuse animal waste. What are things that you can do to protect the environment?…

Heidi Selken, November 2016

November 4, 2016
Discussion Question: Heidi told us about the technology that they use on their farm with the Electronic ID tags. This allows the farmers to keep a closer eye on the cows and take better care of them. What are some ways that technology has made your…

Heidi Selken, October 2016

October 8, 2016
Originally filmed October 2015 Discussion: Heidi told us that the farm was homesteaded in 1874. What is a homestead? What possible challenges would a person homesteading face? How did homesteading contribute to the growth of SD?   Content…