Curriculum Kits

Curriculum Kits

The Arizona Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Program offers  Curriculum Kits  to teachers FREE of charge. You can check out kits for 2 weeks and teach the lessons yourself or have a volunteer come and teach a specific lesson from the kit to your class in a 1-hour presentation. Curriculum Kits are all-inclusive and provide teachers with math, science, social studies and English Language Arts lessons. Also included are the materials needed to complete each lesson. All lessons are aligned to the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards (ACCRS). Lessons included with the kits are a compilation of AZFB lessons and lessons used by AITC Programs across the Country.

Apples (grades K-3)
How do apples grow? Where do all those varieties of apples come from? Learn the answers to these questions and so much more! Take an inside look at apples and their history. The Apple Kit includes hands-on activities and games, things to make, things to eat, videos, posters and books.
 Lessons: Overview and Standards
 Harvesting Apples  (video)

Arizona Five Cs (grades 4-6)
Students will uncover the history of Arizona through cattle, cotton, citrus, copper and climate. Students will get up close and personal with some of Arizona's agricultural producers and learn the many products of these agricultural commodities. 
Lessons: Overview and Standards
 An Arizona Cotton Harvest (video)
Value Added: Cotton Wreaths (video)
The Smallhouse Family (video)
Conservation Practices (video)
Young Ranchers Diversify to Survive (video)
An Arizona Citrus Farmer (video)

Arizona Fruits and Veggies (grades K-3)
Students will discover the differencesbetween a fruit and a vegetable and learn how many different fruits and vegetables are grown right here in Arizona. Students will learn about our edible world, match seeds to their finished product and learn if fruits and veggies sink and why.
Lessons: Overview and Standards
Yuma Produce: From Field to Fork (video)
Meet the Farmers Supplying your Fresh Veggies (video)
AZ Rousseau Farms Teach about Baby Carrots (video)
A New Beginning (video)

Cattle (grades K-6)
Students will learn the history of the cattle industry in Arizona and the U.S. Students will be introduced to Arizona brands, cattle breeds, and the many bi-products of cattle. The Beautiful Bovine will help students recognize the differences between humans and cattle and them understand the digestive system of cattle. Students will learn about cattle through video, books and other interactive lessons.
Lessons:Overview and Standards
 The Smallhouse Family (video)
Conservation Practices (video)
Young Ranchers Diversify to Survive (video)

Cotton (grades K-6)
Students will uncover interesting facts about U.S cotton production through excercises and hands-on experiments. They will learn the history of cotton in Arizona and experience the story of Eli Whitney and the cotton gin. Students will have the opportunity to hand gin cotton, grow thier own cotton, experiment with the flammability of different fabrics, and learn the life cycle of cotton while creating the life cycle of cotton chain. Students will also learn about the different products they use that contain cotton. 
Lessons: Overview and Standards
An Arizona Cotton Harvest (video)
Value Added: Cotton Wreaths (video)

Dairy (grades K-6)
Students will learn that the Arizona Dairy Industry ranks 2nd in Dairy Herd size in the United States. LEssons will show students some of the technology that allows Arizona Dairymen to care for, house and milk so many cows. Students will use science skills to make ice cream and cottage cheese. 
Lessons: Overview and Standards
City Slickers: The Udder Story (video)
Paloma Dairy (video)
Kerr Dairy (video)
 Mountain Shadow Dairy (video)
Van Rijn Dairy (video)
 Rovey Dairy (video)

Energy and Agriculture (Grades 7-12)
This hands-on kit allows students to explore the connection between energy and agriculture. Lessons will walk students through the basics of energy generation and distribution, highlight the variety of energy sources, and talk about energy's importance in the agriculture industry. Student can even make a solar oven and bake smores with the included materials.
Table of Lessons

Equine Kit (grades K-6)
Students will learn the history of the equine industry in Arizona. They will discover the origin of the word  horsepower  and role of the horse in agriculture. Horse shoes, grooming supplies, videos and books will accompany lessons that give a fun twist to math, science, social studies and English Language Arts. 
Overview: Lessons and Standards
 Sergeant Reckless- Korean War Horse (video)
America's Heartland: Equine Vet (video)
 Horse Shoe School (video)
American Quarter Horse Association  (additional lesson plans)

Plant Kit (grades 2-6)
Students will explore the world of plants and soil through a variety of hands-on lessons and activities. Pollination, DNA, and careers are all addressed in this one-of-a-kind kit. 
Table of Lessons

Poultry Kit (grades K-6)
Students will uncover interesting facts about U.S poultry production through exercises and hands-on experiments. They will also learn about Hickman's Family Farms. Students will experience embryology first hand by hatching chicks with the incubator included with this kit. 
Overview: Lessons and Standards
The Journey of my Eggcellent Egg (video)
The Hickman's Family Farm Story (video)
Hickman Chicks Highlight American Ag's Importance (video)
Different Production Methods for Laying Hens (videos)

Pumpkins (grades K-3)
Discover the wonders of pumpkins. The Pumpkin Kit contains posters, books, hands-on activities, recipes and fascinating pumpkin facts. Teach your students the life cycle of a pumpkin through the pumpkin chain craft or experience the taste of pumpkin pie in a ziploc bag!
Overview: Lessons and Standards
Harvesting Knowledge Pumpkins (video)

Sheep (grades K-6)
Students will uncover the history of the sheep industry in Arizona and follow the historic sheep trail. Wool samples will provide unique hands-on lessons. Students will participate in hands-on activities that will help them distinguish between cotton and wool.
Overview: Lessons and Standards
Dobson Sheep Drive (video)