Students will uncover how a dairy farm works and why eating foods with plenty of nutrients is crucial.
- Integrate information from multiple sources
- Use informational text structures to support their reading and writing
- Farm to Table: Milk’s Journey to You! Student Magazine printable
- Types of Text Structures Student Worksheet printable
- Dairy Scavenger Hunt printable
- Farm to Table: Interactive Research Tool
- Family Take-Home Page: Conversations and Ideas printable
- Optional: Devices with web access for student use or interactive whiteboard
- If students don't already have copies, make a class set of the Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine printable.
- Make class sets of the Types of Text Structures Student Worksheet, Dairy Scavenger Hunt, and Family Take-Home Page: Conversations and Ideas printables.
- Optional: If you plan to have students use the Farm to Table: Interactive Research Tool in class, load the interactive site on the devices students will be using or set up the projector to use in Step 4.
Step 1: Have students return to their copies of Farm to Table: Milk’s Journey to You! Student Magazine. Use the cover to brainstorm students’ prior knowledge about milk, farming, and nutrition. Direct students to make predictions based on the cover and format.
Step 2: Provide time for students to read the magazine to trace milk’s journey on a modern dairy farm. (This can be done as a class, with partners, or individually.)
Step 3: Distribute the Types of Text Structures Student Worksheet printable. Have students complete this sheet to analyze the text structures in the magazine.
Types of Text Structures
- Cause and Effect
- Cause and Effect
- Compare and Contrast
This, Then That!
Step 4: Distribute the Dairy Scavenger Hunt printable and explain that students will find the facts and information through the Farm to Table Interactive Research Tool. In class or for homework, have students access the Farm to Table: Interactive Research Tool so students can learn more about the scientific and technological processes behind milk’s journey from the farm and inside the body. You can project the interactive via the whiteboard or students can play it individually.
Step 5: Have students create a Dairy Diary (an informational text guidebook for someone touring a dairy farm) that explains the journey of milk. Students should use the Farm to Table: Milk’s Journey to You! Student Magazine and the interactive research tool as sources. Encourage students to use the text structures they identified in the Farm to Table: Milk's Journey to You! Student Magazine in their writing. Students can approach the assignment creatively and choose a tone and format that would appeal to their intended audience, such as hypothetical fellow students who are going on a class trip to a dairy farm.
Send home copies of the Family Take-Home Page: Conversations and Ideas printable, which lists simple activities parents can use to engage students while visiting the grocery store, the local farmers market, or a working dairy farm.