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Examining Agriculture Through Nonfiction

To examine agriculture as it relates to Math, Science, Social Studies, Language and Writing, these commodity readers and sample student questions have been developed and made available for teachers to print (in black and white or color) and implement. 

Ohio Farm Bureau and Illinois and Arizona Ag in the Classroom programs were awarded a grant in 2010 to produce the commodity readers and sample Terra Nova Test questions for 10 specific agriculture commodity areas, listed below.

These readers are a way to expose students to more nonfiction based texts. The questions can be answered using the text and are designed to take about 10 minutes per area.

Ohio Farm Bureau also had a table developed that shows how each of the readers matches Ohio and national academic content standards.

Below is a suggested structure for implementing this program:

• Day 1: Distribute reader or have students read together online.

• Day 2: Language Activity

• Day 3: Science or Social Studies Activity

• Day 4: Math Activity

• Day 5: Writing Activity.

Please note that an answer component is located at the back of each section.

Apples

Beef

Corn

Cotton

Dairy

Pizza

Pork

Poultry

Pumpkins

Sheep

Soy

Wheat

Commodity Readers Apple Beef Field Corn Cotton Dairy
Reading RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4,7 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4,  4.5, 4.7 RI 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4
Writing W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9
Language L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6
Math 4 NBT 2, 5, 4 OA 3 4 NBT 2 4 NBT 2, 4 4 NBT 2, 3, 5 4 NBT 2
Social Studies 22 22 22 22 22
Science Physical Science   Earth Science Earth Science  
Commodity Readers Pizza Pork Poultry Pumpkin Sheep
Reading RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4
Writing W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9
Language L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6
Math 4 NBT 2 4 NBT 2; 4 OA 5; 4 MD 1 4 NBT 2, 4, 5; 4 OA 2 4 MD 1, 2 4 NBT 5; 4 OA 3; 4 MD 3
Social Studies 22 22 22 22 22
Science Physical Science Physical Science Physical Science Physical Science

 

 

Commodity Readers Soybeans Wheat
Reading RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4 RI 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.7, RF 4.4
Writing W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9 W 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.9
Language L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6 L 4.1, 4.2, 4.6
Math 4 NBT 4, 5; 4 OA 2 4 NBT 5; 4 OA 2, 3
Social Studies 22 22
Science Earth Science Earth Science