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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
You will also need to enlist a student or another teacher to help you with your invitation to learn.
At the end of this activity students should know these things:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Teacher dresses up as Old MacDonald. (Overalls, straw hat, shovel) Comes in classroom carrying a small, wilted plant.
Old MacDonald: (Acting sad and discouraged) I am just not having any luck growing crops on my farm and I'm very worried about my farm and my animals! If I can't grow hay, my cow will get skinny and not give milk. If I can't grow corn there'll be no food for my chickens and they won't lay eggs and my pigs won't grow big and fat and there'll be no bacon to eat for breakfast! Even my poor old horse will get too tired to take me for a ride if I can't grow oats. Something is wrong with my farm, but I just don't know how to fix it—I must be a bad farmer!
Student or another teacher dressed as a scientist in a lab coat enters the room carrying a bucket of soil.
Scientist: “ Old MacDonald I think I know what your problem is..... you're not a bad farmer...it’s your soil!”
Old MacDonald: "My soil? (Looks in bucket) That’s just plain old dirt! What’s dirt got to do with not being able to grow crops for my animals to eat?"
Scientist: "What’s dirt got to do with it? Just everything Old MacDonald!"
(In an aside whisper to students: “Maybe he is a bad farmer if he doesn't even know that–lucky we came along to help him!”)Lucky for you, I'm a soil scientist and I've got all these great assistant scientists to help you out. We'll dig (ha-ha) until we find out what the problem with your farm is, don't you worry! And to cheer you up and help you understand what soil has to do with your crops we'll sing you a song! Okay, assistants you know this song...help me sing it so we can get started on helping Old MacDonald fix this farm."
Song (to the tune of Old MacDonald Had a Farm)
Scientist: "Are you ready assistants? We're going to fix this soil and help Old MacDonald have the best farm in Utah!"
Old MacDonald: "Yippee! Let’s get going!"
Encourage students to discuss plans with their families to allow
child to have a small garden plot or flower garden. Have student teach
family what they can do to make the soil fertile.