Ag in the Classroom: Beef: Making the Grade

Students will evaluate the USDA grading system for whole cuts of beef and discuss consumer preferences and nutritional differences between grain-finished and grass-finished beef. Students will also distinguish various labels on beef products and discuss reasons for the government’s involvement in agricultural production, processing and distribution of food.

Fort Hope: Segments of the Beef Cattle Industry

In this lesson, students read and then illustrate the six segments of the beef cattle industry. By the end of the lessons, students will have a small, illustrated book about how cattle go from the field to the fork.  

The Beef Checkoff: Fact or Opinion

Explore more about the beef industry through opinion writing and a Fact vs. Opinion worksheet. The worksheets are designed for Grades 1-5 and help to develop writing skills while learning the important role of a beef farmer.      Role of Beef Farmers Opinion Writing Practice

The Beef Checkoff: Animal Nutrition

Explore animal nutrition in beef cattle, by focusing on the language arts skill of sentence structure in the following youth worksheets.   Additional Challenge Paragraph

My American Farm: The Stage is Set for Beef

Students will work to create a model that illustrates the life cycle of beef cattle. They will then match the universal lifecycle stages to where they fit in the life cycle of beef cattle.       The Steaks are High Game

Teach Engineering: Basically Acidic Ink

Students hypothesize whether vinegar and ammonia-based glass cleaner are acids or bases. They create designs on index cards using these substances as invisible inks. After the index cards have dried, they apply red cabbage juice as an indicator to reveal the designs.   Basically Acidic Ink Lab Sheet

Ag in the Classroom: Serious Cereal Science

Through completing this lesson, students will develop an appreciation for the extensive materials and career fields provided by agriculture, specifically as related to cereal grain production, processing, and consumption. Activities include playing a game in which students become agronomy specialists, mapping the top grain-producing states, and watching videos about careers related to grain production.