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Tillage, Planting, Harvest, & Storage

Flat Aggie Adventures is a six-part newsletter series geared towards upper elementary students.

Flat Aggie was inspired by the beloved children’s story Flat Stanley. Students will travel with Flat Aggie to a farm or ag business to explore the day in the life of a local industry professional. The Flat Aggie Adventures series includes pork, dairy, turkey, careers and now corn/soybeans. Through the series, students will use STEM based skills to learn about plant growth, harvest and function. Students will also engage in career exploration.

Flat Aggie Adventures is a partnership between Linn, Buchanan, Delaware and Scott County Farm Bureau.

Links to access the completed Flat Aggie Series:

Ways to utilize Flat Aggie:

1. Print it off and have students write and highlight key points.

2. Print and laminate for multiple uses.

3. Keep the newsletter in online format and send to the students or display it in front of the class.

Ways to integrate Flat Aggie into your curriculum:

1. Guided reading time

2. Morning bell ringer

3. Science time

4. Individual reading time

5. Research project

Discussion topics for integration:

1. Identify the STEM careers involved with growing corn and soybeans.

2. Discuss how advances in agriculture have changed production over time.

3. Explore supply and demand and how it relates to our grain industry.

4. Ask students to identify key ideas.

5. Discover the different stages in the life cycle of an Iowa commodity.


Corn and Soybean Sneak Peak

Edition 1: Tillage Practices SNEAK PEAK


Edition 2: Planting SNEAK PEAK


Edition 3: Lifecycles SNEAK PEAK


Edition 4: Fertilizer SNEAK PEAK


Edition 5: Harvest SNEAK PEAK


Edition 6: Storage SNEAK PEAK

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Agriculture Literacy Outcomes

T2.3-5.e Understand the concept of stewardship and identify ways farmers/ranchers care for soil, water, plants and animals.

T1. 3-5.a Describe the similarities and differences between managed and natural systems.

T4.3-5.d Provide examples of science being applied to farming for food, clothing and shelter products.

Iowa/ Common Core Standards

w.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

R1.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

R1.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival and growth.

5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers and the environment.

Essential Concept and/or Skill: Adjust to various roles and responsibilities and understand the need to be flexible to change.

Essential Concept and/or Skill: Demonstrate initiative, creativity, self–direction, and entrepreneurial thinking to produce successful outcomes.


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