Educators 3rd – 5th Grade

Teacher And Students Using Laptop In ClassroomShow students where their food comes from while teaching to math, science and reading standards. The Discover Dairy Lesson Series is an engaging, interactive cross-curricular, multi-leveled program that meets state standards and anchors to show upper elementary school students where milk comes from and the many ways dairy farms contribute to our world. In 2014, the lessons were rewritten to incorporate Common CORE and STEM standards. There are five lessons included in the series, with each including a video motivator, comprehensive lesson plan, reading guide, overhead transparencies or Ipad graphics, and assessment-based worksheet.

Click on the links below to access the lessons. Standards and anchors are listed with each lesson. To view video motivators, click here.

  • Lesson One: Makin’ Cows Smile. Students will learn how dairy farmers care for their cows and explore the careers associated with dairy farming.
  • Lesson Two: Keepin’ It Fresh. Students will learn how farms are regulated to ensure safe milk products and explore the processes that milk goes through from cow to consumer to ensure quality and safety.
  • Lesson Three: Goin’ Round and Round. Students will learn about the role dairy farmers play in protecting our environment and explore how dairy farmers recycle on the dairy farm.
  • Lesson FourHandin’ It On. Students will learn how milk and other farm products are generated by using natural resources and will explore the contributions that dairy farms make to their communities.
  • Lesson Five: Choosin’ Keeps You Cruisin‘. Students will learn how good choices affect their diet, health and nutrition and will explore the number of servings needed from each food group in the “MyPlate” Food Guidelines.

Additional enrichment opportunities include a Children’s Literature List, the “Adopt A Cow” year-long opportunity and dairy-focused computer games to reinforce concepts learned through Discover Dairy. You can also ask Discover Dairy questions at our “Contact Us” page.