Life cycles with third-grade students at IKM-M
IRWIN -- Third grade students at IKM-Manning Elementary School have been exploring the life cycles of soybeans, chickens, sunflowers, and apples. Third grade teachers Lori Petersen and Greg Polzien invited “Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom” to speak to students about life cycles. The goal was to help students learn about the similarities and differences of different living things.
As an introduction, the class is asked, “What is agriculture?” After the students have a chance to guess, Melanie Bruck of Loess Hills Agriculture in the Classroom explains that agriculture is the food, the fuel and the fibers that we use every day. Agriculture is the process of getting those plants and animals from the people who grow them (producers) to the people who need them (consumers). During each of the four weeks of this program, that definition was reviewed.
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