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North Dakota Ag in the Classroom

An exceptional resource to utilize: North Dakota Ag in the Classroom

Do you need some inspiration in your home, 4-H club meeting, or your classroom? North Dakota Ag in the Classroom is a fantastic resource to utilize. To find the program go to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and click on Programs at the top of the page. Select Ag in the Classroom from the drop down menu. On the right-hand side of the page you will see a list of yellow boxes with the heading “PAGES,” at the bottom you can click on Curriculum Matrix. This matrix is a compiled list of material you can utilize in your 4-H clubs and classrooms from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix. In the search box you can type in “animal” and several lesson plans will pop up for you to utilize (be patient as it does take a moment to populate). Scroll down and you will see a list of lesson plans with blue headings that you can click on to read about. These resources have materials to print off and utilize for your teaching and educational purposes.

For example, want to teach about eggs? Eggs 101: A Video Project is an excellent resource located under Multimedia when “animal” was input into the search engine in the Curriculum Matrix.

A sample of lesson studies are:

  • Significant Surroundings - In this lesson, students will identify basic animal behaviors and hypothesize what causes them. Students will also discover the responsibilities of an animal physiologist.
  • Build it Better - In this lesson students investigate animal handling preferences and design a cattle corral system that is durable, efficient, and effective. Students will also discover the skills needed to be an agricultural engineer.

You can create a “MyBinder” to add your favorite lesson plans and material to for future use.

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