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Before and After Tour Activities

All tours

Before

  • Discuss safety issues relevant to walking on a farm (link to safety information)
  • Plan for appropriate dress for being outdoors on a farm

Pre-K and K-1    Meet the Farm and Plants and Animals

Before

  • Match images and names of common farm animals and food plants
  • Use superlatives to compare animal sizes
  • Plant some seeds to watch them grow

After

  • Draw pictures to show how a food changes appearance from the garden to the table
  • Write something new learned on the farm about a plant or animal
  • Play charades about things you saw or did on the farm
  • Download and printout our coloring pages and discuss the differences in our farm animals

2-3    Soils, Cycles and Seasons

Before

  • Create a Know, Want to Know and Learned (KWL) chart before the tour (Three columns on a large piece of paper where students list what they KNOW, WANT TO KNOW, and last column for after the tour for what they LEARNED)
  • Discuss what is in different types of soil
  • Create wheels charts to show plant and animal cycles

After

  • Complete KWL chart from above
  • Draw pictures to show how a food changes appearance from the garden to the table
  • Write something new learned on the farm about a plant or animal

4-5    Walk Back in Time

Before

  • Create a KWL chart before the tour (Three columns on a large piece of paper where students list what they KNOW, WANT TO KNOW, and last column for after the tour for what they LEARNED)
  • Review basic periods of time from Native Americans to Modern including Colonial, Civil War, and Industrial Revolution (when farmers began using machines)
  • Discuss changes from one period to another: clothing, houses, transportation, entertainment, etc.

After

  • Complete KWL chart from above
  • Create a map of the tour to identify each period of time presented (hint: there were at least six)
  • Explore forms of transportation from various periods of time

18th Century

Before

  • Create a KWL chart before the tour (Three columns on a large piece of paper where students list what they KNOW, WANT TO KNOW, and last column for after the tour for what they LEARNED)
  • Create a list of items needed to move to a new home in Colonial America keeping in mind that there are no houses or stores where they are going.
  • Research period clothing, homes and furnishing, activities.

After

  • Complete KWL chart from above
  • Research a game or skill from the period to present in detail to the class
  • Discuss what the settlers did to make them so successful. Include such ideas and making what they needed, recycling, and willingness to change.