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Kindergarten

A Journey Around Minnesota*
Exploring Shapes in Nature
Minnesota Apple Pie*
My Ag Web

1st Grade

Minnesota Apple Pie*

2nd Grade

Garden in a Glove
My Ag Web
Minnesota Apple Pie*
Sheep Tales
Urban, Rural, Suburban: Where does your garden grow?*
What's Where?*

3rd Grade

America the Bountiful
Earth as an Apple
How to Read a Map*
Minnesota Apple Pie*
More than One Grain of Rice
My Ag Web
Pancakes and Syrup
Right Plants, Right Place
Source Relay
What's Where?*
Working with Reference and Thematic Maps*

4th Grade

Agricultural Regions in Minnesota*
America the Bountiful
Grass to Glass - Amazing Dairy Cows
How to Read a Map*
Honey Across the United States - The Honey Files pg. 51
Map Literacy: Looking for the Big Picture*
Minnesota Apple Pie*
Trading Favorites
Working with Reference and Thematic Maps*

5th Grade

Importance of Plants
Investigating the Columbian Exchange through Food
How to Read a Map*
Map Literacy: Looking for the Big Picture*
More than One Grain of Rice
Right Plants, Right Place
Three Sisters
Working with Reference and Thematic Maps*

6th Grade

Agricultural Imports-Exports and the Minnesota Connection*
Agriculture and Railroads
Garden in a Glove
How to Read a Map*
Little Houses on the Prairies, the Woods and the Rivers*
Minnesota Apple Pie*
Urban, Rural, Suburban: Where does your garden grow?*
Working with Reference and Thematic Maps*

7th Grade

Importance of Plants
How to Read a Map*
Minnesota Apple Pie*
Working with Reference and Thematic Maps*

8th Grade

Agricultural Imports-Exports and the Minnesota Connection*
How to Read a Map*
Importance of Plants
Minnesota Apple Pie*
Minnesota Companies and World Trade*
Trading Favorites
Working with Reference and Thematic Maps*

9-12 Grades

Corn King*
Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum
Does the von Thunen Model fit Minnesota Agricultural Production Patterns?*
Gardening Economics and Efficiency
How the size and organization of farms has been influenced by the Green Revolution*
Impact of Distance on Agribusiness*
Lines of Latitude and Agricultural Products*
Organic Farms*
Source Relay
Surrounded by Plants
Where in the World is Wheat?*
Growing a Nation
Growing a Nation is an interactive multimedia instructional tool that utilizes innovative technology that links to online teacher resources and complements existing America History textbooks and high school history curricula. Growing a Nation's chronological presentation of significant historical events focuses on the important role agriculture has played in America's development. Statistical data are supplied to analyze trends or allow students a look into the future. Educators are provided with classroom resources and activities including: primary sources, assessment options, an easily navigated timeline, photo gallery, and the national standards met by this program.


* = Lesson from Food for Thought: Connecting MN Geography, Agriculture and Communities
Food For Thought is a product of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) and the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE). This curriculum contains nine unique lessons, maps and supplemental information organized to inspire interest in the geography of Minnesota agriculture. These lessons and maps are designed to enable students and others to locate themselves amidst the grand mosaic of fields, processing plants, wind towers, ethanol plants, power lines and roads in Minnesota.
Minnesota Academic Standards for Social Studies/Geography: The geography of agriculture is singled-out as a topic in both the elementary and secondary standards. In addition, students are expected to be able to use maps to understand regions and analyze contemporary lifestyles. The entire 4th Edition of Food for Thought is available online and the 18 lesson Teacher Guide is also available in hard copy. The full menu (44 maps) of companion maps is available in both full color and black and white versions is available online. Access all maps and companion resources at:http://www.mda.state.mn.us/kids/food4thought.aspx