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Educator Guide: Farm to Table: Farm to Table Educator Guide

Farm to Table

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Elementary Hydroponics

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Essential Questions

  • What are the parts of a plant? What function does each part have?
  • How do plants grow and change over time?
  • In what ways do all living things depend on plants?
  • Why do scientist study plants?
  • Why do flowering plants have pollen?
  • How does food get from the farm to our table?

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Farm to Table


Materials for Pre-Series Lesson

Materials for Post-Series Lesson

Fantastic Farm to Table Facts!

  • The soybean oil from one bushel of soybeans will make 2,112 crayons. One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons!

  • Women make up 36% of the total number of U.S. farm operators; 58% of all farms have at least one female decision-maker.
  • Nearly three-quarters of all cranberries are grown in the U.S., mostly in Wisconsin, as well as in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. It takes about 4,400 cranberries to make a gallon of juice.

Connections to Standards


Grade 4: Unit 1: The Structure and Function of Organisms

               Unit 5: Impacts of Natural Processes
Grade 5: Unit 2: Matter and Energy in Ecosystems


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

Fifth Grade
5-PS3-1. Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the Sun.
5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants (producers), animals (consumers), decomposers, and the environment.

Third through Fifth Grade
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.