Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students explore how they are connected to farming and agriculture through the food they eat. Students begin by thinking about all the different types of products farms produce, and then begin exploring their personal connection to these products. Students will then work in groups to explore the ingredients of a sandwich and undertake research to find out which of these ingredients originate from a farm. 

This lesson has been developed in partnership with The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. For over 160 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show which, like other agricultural shows around the country, works to build the community’s knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in our everyday lives. 

To gain access to a special student ticket offer for the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show see the Teacher Worksheet. 

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that we need farms to produce the food that we eat.

21st century skills:

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 HASS

  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI053)
  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059)

Year 4 HASS

  • The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people (ACHASSK088)
  • Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (ACHASSI074)
  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)

Years 3 & 4 Design and Technologies

  • Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

Syllabus outcomes: GE2-1, GE2-2, GE2-3, ST2-10LW, ST2-11LW.

General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking.

Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students locate and collect information from sources and draw simple conclusions and share their views on an issue.

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students identify the interconnections between people and the environment. They locate and collect information and data from different sources, and share their points of view, respecting the views of others.

Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 Design and Technologies achievement standards: Students explain how products, services and environments are designed to best meet needs of communities and their environments.

Topic: Consumption.

Unit of work:  The Show – Connections To Farming And Agriculture – Years 3 & 4.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion and lead students through activities.

Resources required: Student Worksheets (one copy per student). Mind Map Farming Worksheet (one copy per student). My Sandwich Worksheet (one per student). My Sandwich Worksheet Answers (one copy). Treasure Hunt Sheet (one per student). Optional: What am I Wearing Sheet.

Keywords: The Show, farming, agriculture, food, fibre.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that we need farms to produce the food that we eat.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … know what types of food and fibre farms produce.
  • … undertake research.
  • … work collaboratively.

Teacher content information: For 162 years, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has been running the Royal Melbourne Show. Like other agricultural shows around the country, the Royal Melbourne Show aims to build the community's knowledge and understanding of the vital role agriculture plays in everyday life by providing opportunities for the community to experience and connect with a range of different aspects of farming and agriculture.

Visitors to the Show are given the opportunity to get up close to a range of farm animals, to meet the farmers who raise these animals and to experience some of the food and fibre products the farmers make from those animals. Developed in partnership with the RASV, these lessons

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Do you eat anything that doesn't have ingredients that might come from a farm?

Reflection

Work independently to answer the following questions:

Question Your answer
1. What new vocabulary did you come across in this lesson?
2. What things did you learn in this lesson that were connected to what you already knew?
3. What things that you looked at in this lesson extended your thinking?

 

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