What’s New with Discovering Farmland:
USFRA, in partnership with Discovery Education, launched the Discovering Farmland curriculum in 2015, which uses content and videos from the award-winning documentary, “FARMLAND, a film by James Moll.” New this year is the Digital Exploration (investigating food product label claims) and Interactive Lesson Plans which build off the four free lesson plans (Farming as an Industry, Educated Consumers, Breaking Down Stereotypes, and Challenges in Farming and Ranching). These activities further inspire students in urban areas to gain real world insights and understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown and raised.
Since the inception of Discovering Farmland, it has reached more than 1 million students. 16,000 curriculums have been downloaded, and the Digital Exploration has garnered 6,500 views. In 2017, new tools will include FARM360 virtual reality (VR) immersion experiences, four new digital lesson bundles, video vignettes with companion activities, and more.
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Discovering Farmland – Agriculture Curriculum for Grades 9-12
In January 2017, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance launched their Digital Exploration and Interactive Lesson Plans as part of their Discovering Farmland curriculum, which is based on the award-winning documentary, “Farmland, a film by James Moll.” Building off the four free lesson plans, these new activities further inspire students in urban areas to gain real world insights and understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown and raised.
- The Digital Exploration allows students to investigate food product label claims by choosing a specific product from virtual grocery store shelves featuring produce, meat and cereal. Typically taking 15-20 minutes, students can move at their own pace as they learn about various topics.
- The Interactive Lesson Plans are PowerPoint-based lessons that support interactive whiteboards and other 21st century learning tools. Teachers can access a range of dynamic, interactive classroom lessons (up to two 45-minute class periods each) designed to engage high school students in exploring critical issues impacting the agriculture industry. It includes two science and two social studies lesson plans.
- The SMART Farm Virtual Field Trip explores innovative technologies in agriculture that allow today’s farmers and ranchers to produce our nation’s food. Prepare your students for the Virtual Field Trip with our standards-aligned activities designed to cultivate classroom conversations and prompt students to dig deeper into today’s world of farming and ranching.
To access additional Discovering Farmland resources, visit www.discoveringfarmland.com.