Farming: Raising Winter Wheat (Lesson 3)
Sherian Waggoner, 2nd grade teacher
Students name some uses of wheat, and identify the uses of a line graph.
- TLW understand that many foods are made from wheat.
- TLW understand that the line graph shows measurement.
Bathroom scales, a loaf of whole wheat bread, pictures or posters of a line graph.
Bathroom scales and a loaf of bread.
Have students weight randomly until you combine the weight 128 pounds. (Tell
the students this is the amount of flour we consume a year).
RELATE TO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:
The four basic food groups.
RELATE TO REAL LIFE:
Have the students taste a piece of whole wheat bread.
Ask students to look at the poster with the four basic food groups. Then talk
about the four basic food groups, the natural resources, weather, climate, temperature,
thermometer, and precipitation.
Today we are going to study about some uses of wheat and how we use a line graph
to measure amounts.
(Vocabulary Words...grain and precipitation).
Have you ever helped bake something good to eat? What ingredients did you use?
Wheat is a very important crop that we use everyday. There is also other grains
that are grown in the United States such as rye, oats and corn. We make several
things out of grain. Can anyone tell me some of the things they know are made
out of grain? Also, what did the people use long ago to grind up the wheat to
make flour? Have the students taste a piece of whole wheat bread.
In the lesson we are learning about the Kansas farmers growing more wheat than
any other state in the United States. Can anyone tell me why?
Kansas is a good place to grow such a large crop because it is mostly plains. What are plains?
Kansas also has cold winters and warm summers. In the winter the wheat rests and the snow takes care of it by keeping it covered. In the summer, what do you think happens?
Everyone look at the poster of the line graph. It show the amount of wheat that is grown in Kansas, Tennessee, etc. In another graph the line graph shows the temperature in the same places in the other graph. We can also use line graph to show how many animals we have on a farm.
Lets review what we have learned.
Tomorrow we will learn about the seasons on a wheat farm.
This is a wonderful lesson. The students loved to participate throughout the whole lesson. It also gives the student a chance to learn about things they have never experienced.
Introduction to Farming in the United States (Lesson 1)
Identify where food comes from, and the four basic food groups.
Farming: Natural Resources (Lesson 2)
Students identify natural resources, and weather & climate, temperature, and precipitation.
Farming: Seasons on a Wheat Farm (Lesson 4)
Students identify the seasons on a wheat farm, and identify the use of a grain elevator.
Farming and the services of a Community (Lesson 5)
Students identify different types of farms, and different services of a community.