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Farm Anatomy Activities for Kids: Fun, Hands-On Learning Paperback – Import, 16 February 2021
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Help kids ages 8 to 12 discover how awesome and fun farms can be
No matter where you live, you can learn all about the amazing things that happen on farms. Farm Anatomy Activities for Kids combines the joy of hands-on experiments and activities with easy-to-understand lessons that teach you all about farm life.
This farm anatomy activity book helps you think more like a farmer and understand how nature, crops, and animals shape the way we live. Youll learn about all the different parts of a farm, the plants and animals you might find there, and how farms create the food you eat and the material for the clothes you wear.
Farm Anatomy Activities for Kids includes:
- Educational lessonsLearn about the various parts of a farm, how they raise plants and animals, and the ways farms connect to your daily life no matter where you live.
- Ways to playTry out cool experiments like growing crops without soil or making a mason bee house.
- Journal prompts
Reflect on what youve learned about farm anatomy with the thoughtful writing prompts paired with each activity.
Take kids on an educational journey down to the farm without ever leaving home.
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"Farm Anatomy Activities for Kids provides an excellent overview of American agriculture on a level appropriate and understandable for elementary-age children. The activities are well-described and use materials that are readily and economically available. This book could be used in a variety of settings such as classrooms, after-school programs, club programs, and individual families." --Sue Hoffman, Nevada Agricultural Foundation executive director
"Farm Anatomy Activities for Kids is recommended by the Deschutes County Farm Bureau to learn about agriculture. This book will enhance any library because it gives an overview of agriculture and hands-on activities, and is written with factual information." --Roberta Valladao, Deschutes County Farm Bureau board member
"Dawn Alexander is a magician in the classroom, and her debut book brings her passion for agriculture and education to all. The activities are fun, innovative, and easy to facilitate with minimal supplies. Hours of fun and learning await for children and adults alike!" --Jessica Jansen, executive director of Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation
About the Author
Dawn Alexander, MS, has been an elementary educator for 35 years. She spent most of her youth on a ranch outside of Reno, Nevada, participating in 4-H and the Nevada junior Hereford program. Dawn has actively promoted agriculture literacy and was honored to receive the 2019 Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award.
- Publisher : Rockridge Pr (16 February 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 98 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1647399823
- ISBN-13 : 978-1647399825
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 18.8 x 1.02 x 23.37 cm
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Reviewed in the United States on 18 February 2021
Here's things you can expect to find:
- It's easily adaptable to any prek, elem or even middle school student.
- There are 6 lessons. Each one could be done in a 1-3 hour class a week, or spread out every day for a week, or even spread out once a week for a month.
1- Anatomy of the Farm... Shelter/Habitat, acreage, farm equipment, where and how crops grow, etc
2- Beneath the Ground... Soil types, minerals and nutrients, life cycle of soil, earthworms, etc
3- Above the Ground... Planting, Ecosystems, major biomes, predicting weather, wind farms, etc
4- Know your Crops... parts of plants, caring for plants, pollinators, types of plants on a farm, etc
5- Meet the Animals...live cycle of a farm animal (yes, harvesting meat is mentioned but no details), caring for animals, an overview of the major animals, etc
6- From the Farm to Your Home... what foods in your home come from a farm, what products are bi-products of a farm, what are farms like in other countries, how to regrow a vegetable from scraps, how to care for the planet, how to make compost, etc.
- Vocabulary words are highlighted in a different font and range from easy-slightly more advanced. There is no glossary at the back, though. But words are well explained in the text. Examples:
Easy: barn, life cycle, shelter
Middle: acre, pollinator, photosybthesis, ecosystem
Advanced: apiculture, pedology, epiphytes, macronutrients
- Crafts are sprinkled throughout but not in every lesson. There's about 6 and almost all use materials you already have at home. Build a birdhouse from a milk carton, make a tractor, build a bee home, etc
- Activities or Science experiments are in every lesson, usually 2-3 options. Things like soil testing, making a worm niche, what soil do different plants prefer, growing radish from seed, and making biodegradable plastic.
- Recipes are sprinkles throughout too, things like making no-machine ice cream, dog biscuits and pumpkin pie
- Writing prompts are in almost every lesson, for both younger and older kids. The book encourages you to have kids keep a journal and fill out a writing entry each lesson. Some are easy - draw your favorite farm animal - so a prek child could do them. Others are harder, like compare your birdhouse to your home, how are they different/same? And still others are more advanced like write a georgic poem about farm animals (they explain georgic).
Overall, it'd make a great curriculum book if you're looking for something to teach at your coop for a semester, I think 12-13 weeks is ideal for this book and probably ages 8-11 are the best demographic. But it can easily be adjusted up or down. I'd spend one hour a week on it for 12 weeks. That would allow you to do most, but not all activities, so you could pick and choose what activities you like most.
I appreciate that many activities involve things you already have around the home and many of them are unique ideas that I wouldn't necessarily think to do on my own. I really like that it's very easy to bring down to a 4 year old's level or up to a 13 year old's level.
Because this book is geared towards kids, the information is very basic & leaves a whole lot about farming out. I'm not too crazy about that, because it's not a full education so to speak. The lessons are hit or miss. I'm sorry, but I'm not a fan of encouraging kids to use throw away goods to do projects. Books like 'The Unplugged Family' or 'The Organic Artist for Kids' are much more hands on utilizing honest to goodness natural products that will break down. Personally, I feel this is a much better way to learn. But hey, that's just me & most adults don't even know what chard is or that turkeys lay eggs, so well, you know. I find it really sad that this is the direction our world has taken.
I love the artwork in this book. Seriously. It's full of vibrant color & very appealing. It is probably my favorite thing about it. Five stars for that, four for the content.
Whatever you do, be sure that getting this book & doing a few projects & then forgetting about it isn't all that you do. If you can, visit a small local family farm. Let your kids get down & dirty. There is so much to learn at the farm =D When kids arrive at my little farm, they pretty much go out of their minds in the best way possible. I've even had some ball their eyes out when they leave. Kids need this.