Subject: Social Studies

Lesson Length: 25 - 35 mins

Topic: Impact of Agriculture

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn and explain how agriculture has impacted their state.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a basic understanding of agriculture and its economic connections.

Hook:

  • Ask students to write down everything they ate in the last day or two. 

  • Post a couple meals on the board and break down some of the ingredients as a class. 

  • Discuss where they believe the ingredients came from.

  • Discuss the importance of agriculture and highlight a few examples from your state.

Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic illustrating a product of agriculture that has impacted their state. E.g., Corn in Iowa.

The comic could include but is not limited to:

  • Why the state makes the product.

  • Who benefits from the product.

  • Physical features in the state that makes the product possible.

Closure:

  • Showcase student comics in a gallery walk or digitally. 

  • Have students vote on the top three products they feel are most important to their state and have them reflect on why they think this.

Differentiation:

  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups.

  • Assign products for students to research.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.