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Students discover the total impact of milk on our society by graphing data. In this statistics lesson, students discover the dirty and sometimes unhealthy road milk travels to get into our bodies. Students analyze dairy consumption data by creating different types of graphs and sharing them with the class.
Students review different types of milk products and their characteristics, demonstrate how to select and prepare milk and milk products, identify standard serving sizes, define terms associated with milk and milk products, and practice how to use and care for these dairy foods.
Detailed lecture notes are provided in this lesson plan on food safety in the dairy industry. After the lesson plan, take your class on a tour of the school's cafeteria and kitchen to design a safety checklist. Finally, have them measure temperature readings on refrigerated milk to discover how quickly it warms. This resource is appropriate for an agriculture class, but the laboratory portion could also be used in a health class.
Here is a straightforward lesson plan on a topic that can potentially be controversial: the life cycle of a dairy cow. An outline of the life cycle is presented, including weight gain, food intake, and milk production. Cows are referred to as "the ultimate recyclers" because we can feed them waste materials. Here is where you may want to discuss opposition to the dairy industry, the life cycle of a pasture-raised dairy cow, and the environmental impact of dairy farms. Perhaps it could be the basis of a classroom debate activity.
Get your 4-H farmers ready for their dairy project with this activity page, which focuses on helping students form ethical decisions. A variety of activities, including a scavenger hunt, a word search and viewing the anatomy of a dairy cow, help members prepare for their dairy cow project. Other activities prompt students to do additional research and interviews in the process. Because this 2-page worksheet is crowded, extensive review of all aspects will be necessary.
Display photos of dairy farms from the past to spur interest. Learners identify dairy cattle breeds, examine the history of milk containers, and consider the sale of dairy products. Eleven statements about different cattle breeds are put into a hat. Each small group draws one out and matches it to a picture of the correct breed. Finally, as homework, individuals interview someone who experienced the home-delivery of milk. The pictures for this lesson are not provided, so you will need to search for and download some for guided practice activity.
Grab attention with a discussion about cell phones and how much time technology can save an individual. Introduce learners to the technology used by the modern dairy industry: computers, a variety of software, robotic milking equipment, and more! You might be surprised at the amount of technology used to process and provide milk! Small groups choose a technology from another industry and apply it to a dairy or design something new. A video tour of a dairy is suggested, but no link provided.