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Students investigate healthy eating habits by researching livestock. In this food sustainability lesson, students research the negative impact factory farming has on our environment due to pollution. Students define agricultural vocabulary terms such as "sustainability" and "organic" before completing a worksheet titled "Livestock Grazing in Northern California."
Livestock managers reinforce math and science skills while learning about the nutrients found in manure. They predict which animal produces the largest amount and which animal's manure contains the most nitrogen. Finally, they compare their predictions with the weights listed in the table and use calculators to complete a worksheet. The publisher states that many Common Core standards can be met through this lesson for the middle school grades, but be aware that you will have to put some time into adapting it to your specific intent.
Students look into the livestock industry. In this livestock lesson, students look at factors to look at when buying animal for raising purposes. They look at characteristics of animal breeds.
Students analyze organic production systems. In this organic agriculture lesson, students examine key organic practices for both crop and livestock. This lesson includes 5 different activities, 4 critical thinking questions and background information.
You might not think manure is fodder for practical math applications, but it is! Among other approaches in a diverse resource, your class explores the chemistry of manure via the scientific method (though supporting materials for this part of the activity are thin). The most thoroughly supported component is completion of a table that compares the typical amount of nitrogen found in the manure of a variety of livestock species, and determining the mean, median, and modes of their data. Answer key for the worksheet is attached. Strong background information, and a complete vocabulary list are included as well.
In this geometry lesson on cylinders, geometers explore how to find the smallest surface area for a given volume.  They use their knowledge to relate it to the real world by making a model of a livestock tank.
Students study about lion hunting behavior and the dangers lions present to livestock and humans in area where they coexist. They write a plan to help the situation.
Students work with NASS data by converting it into prose. In this historical agriculture information lesson, students read about how George Washington communicated information about crop yields, livestock, and land values. They apply the given data to write letters that explain the agricultural information.
Using a scenario about a farmer and his livestock, learners explore multiple facets concerning animal nutrition. They diagram the animal digestive system, describe ruminant digestion, and if able, visit a feedlot. Wow, sounds like fun!
Students explore raising poultry and livestock. In this science lesson, students interview animal raisers within the community and determine an ideal site to raise animals.
Sixth graders discuss differences in the way in which information was disseminated in George Washington's time and how it is acquired in contemporary times. They examine Census of Agriculture data and a modern day version of a letter that Arthur Young could have written to George Washington. They write a letter in response that includes information about land value, crops, yields, and livestock prices. Also, the use the information to make a PowerPoint presentation, poster, or brochure.
Students explore the history of branding livestock and discover it began as early as 2000 BC. They discuss reasons for branding and then design their own brand from pipe cleaners. Students dip their brand into paint and print it on muslin to create a western handkerchief.
Agricultural survey and the documentation of livestock or goods was the basis for the first written language. Youngsters discuss sorting and counting, and how these skills have been used for thousands of years. They accent their class discussion by reading an informational passage and using the information to create a survey-inspired work of art. 
Young ecologists examine the case of the prairie dog, and their near extinction. They read a terrific student handout embedded in the plan, and engage in a class discussion that's based on what they read. Learners perform research on people who work as wildlife biologists, and they begin to understand how the scientists study and assist species of animals that have become threatened and/or endangered. A thought-provoking, and interesting lesson!
Young scholars investigate goats. In this agriculture lesson, students examine a variety of goats and their distinguishing features. Young scholars create a booklet to record information. Several activities and book resources are provided. 
This skill-building activity encourages learners to evaluate evidence and to use strong evidence to support a stance on a controversial issue. Individuals use bar graphs to rate the strength of arguments for the benefits and risks in becoming a vegetarian and then discuss their ratings with a partner. Sentence frames are provided to assist class members in crafting informed commentary.
Students explore the importance of natural resources. They are given copies of the story, "Who Cares For The Land," and students follow along as the teacher reads it. Students identify the key points in the story. (Soil, water and air are natural resources. They come from nature and cannot be manufactured. Good farmers take care of natural resources.)
On this science worksheet, students answer 5 multiple choice questions about livestock and the Animal Welfare Act. They classify 15 livestock breeds according to species. Students complete a table by matching terms for male, female and young animals. They fill in the blanks for 8 problems using terms related to chickens. Students list 10 words that rhyme with moo, and list three differences between goats and sheep. Students finish by unscrambling 10 words about pigs.
Students explore world hunger. In this world poverty instructional activity, students read and interpret quotes from a variety of people suffering from hunger. Students work in groups to rephrase and reflect on situations in which lack of money or property has caused hunger.
First graders explore farming by illustrating images. In this livestock instructional activity, 1st graders discuss what types of plants are used to feed livestock animals and how pets and humans eat the livestock animals. Students draw images of what livestock animals eat and compare that to what dangerous wild animals eat.

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