Have you ever had a student say “Why are we learning this? I will never use this.” Or have you as a teacher just wanted to spice up your everyday lesson plans and have someone else come in and explain/show how this topic can be used on a day to day basis? There is a solution for you! A Farmer! Here are just 8 simple ways a farmer can come in and make a topic come to life!
Have every Friday be a different color theme. For example one Friday have your color be Green and have a farmer come in as a special guest and tell the class about all the types of green things that are on their farm!
Invite a farmer to come in and do a math lesson about fractions with your students. Ask the farmer to explain why he uses fractions on his farm and how it helps them to determine how much each field makes.
In a science unit talking about animals invite a farmer to come in and tell the class about the animals they have on the farm and what they are used for. Maybe even ask the farmer if he can bring a small animal into your classroom or see if your class can visit the farm and see the animals live in action!
Doing a Unit about different types of transportation? Have a farmer come in and talk about all the types of equipment they have on the farm like lawn mowers, combines, tractors, etc. and what they are used for. If your area is accessible maybe invite a farmer to bring a piece of equipment to the school and take a mini field trip outside so students can physically see what it is!
Invite a gardener to come into your classroom and talk about the types of fruits/vegetables he or she grows in their garden. Have the gardener explain what they grow and why they grow it. Also have the gardener explain to students why fruits and vegetables are very healthy for them to eat!
Ask a grain farmer to come into your classroom and talk about how weather effects the outcome of what they grow. For example: without rain corn cannot grow and without corn some foods that we eat, like corn flakes, cannot be made.
In your designated reading time of the day have a farmer come in and explain to your class how they have to read newspaper, magazines, and articles practically daily to learn about new inventions being created, trends in their business, and rules they need to follow.
#8 Pilgrims and Indians
When discussing pilgrims and Indians in your history lesson ask a farmer to come in and talk about how the ways of creating food have drastically changed over time and the technology they use to help them now. Ask the farmer if they can possibly bring in a piece of technology and show the class how it works!