Travel the USA—the AG-WAY!!. Taking a virtual trip to learn about agriculture in the United States, with lessons in geography, science, math, reading, and writing. Margaret Perret, Louisiana Farm Bureau St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Metairie, LA .
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Taking a virtual trip
to learn about agriculture
in the United States,
with lessons in geography, science,
math, reading, and writing
Margaret Perret, Louisiana Farm Bureau
St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Metairie, LA
This unit came about when I bought an old Fodor map book, traveling the route of I-55, from its beginning near New Orleans to Chicago. Having recently met a teacher from Illinois with whom I was already sharing ag-related materials, I planned a trip for my class to “travel” north on I-55, learning about each state’s agricultural commodities along the way.
Our virtual trip took place over one week. We followed the route on a US mid-section desktop map. We also put together a long strip map, marking each day’s travels. On display in the classroom were maps of the country and the states we would study.
We kept records of time and distance traveled, costs of lunch, dinner, and hotel rooms on our Travel Logs. Our hotel stays were in major cities along I-55 which always had a $10 per child charge!
To spice up this year’s project, each day’s adventure also took us to a farm to get a closer look at one aspect each state’s agricultural production.
I GOOGLED farms in each state, then located them through the use of Google’s maps for directions and satellite photographs.
Writing a short paragraph and drawing a picture of our experience completed each day’s activities.
Day # _____ Date: ____________
Departing: ________ at ____AM / PM
Arriving: _________ at ____AM / PM
Distance traveled: __________miles
Per person Class
Lunch $_______ $_______
Dinner $_______ $_______
Hotel $_______ $_______
Total $_______ $_______
The Enchanted Learning website has maps and general information about each state. They also have many printable worksheets and quizzes on many geography topics.
Use the State Profiles from the Ag in the Classroom website to learn information about each of the states along your route.
3 fun facts
3 state symbols
Google I-55 LaPlace, LA to Chicago, IL
The following slides focus on farms in each state of our “travels.”
Ride on the Great River Road to see sugarcane growing on Evergreen Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana, 70049!
Directions from I-55, LaPlace, LA to Evergreen Plantation, Edgard, LA
Google Map: Evergreen Plantation, Great River Road, Edgard, LA
Pick pecans in Mississippi at Delta Pecan Orchard, RR2 Box 14 Hwy 3, in Tutwiler, Mississippi, 38963.
Delta Pecan Orchard
Directions from I-55, Jackson, Mississippi to Delta Pecan Orchard, Tutwiler, Mississippi
Google Map: Delta Pecan Orchard, Tutwiler, Mississippi
Visit Sweetwater Valley Dairy Farm in Philadelphia, Tennessee.
Sweetwater Valley Dairy Farm
Google Map Directions from Memphis, TN to Sweetwater Farm, Philadelphia, TN
Google Map: Sweetwater Farm, Philadelphia, Tennessee
Workers are busy at Peterson Farms in Decatur, Arkansas where they produce over 2 million chicks per week and sell 1.5 million broilers every week! That’s a lot of chicken!!
Directions from I-55, Memphis, TN to Peterson Farms, Decatur, Arkansas
Google Map: Peterson Farm Hatchery 1, 1200 E Roller Ave, Decatur, Arkansas
Spend the night in the Guest House when you visit LaBoube Farms to see their Angus and Hereford Cattle!
LaBoube Cattle Farm
Directions from I-55 St. Louis, Missouri to LaBoube Farms, Hermann, Missouri
Google Map: LaBoube Farms, 573-486-5100, Hwy H, Hermann, Missouri 65041
Visit the Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, Illinois to see the World’s Largest Corn Maze!
Richardson Farm, Spring Grove, IL
Directions from I-55 in Chicago to Richardson Farms, Spring Grove, IL
Google Map: Corn Maze, Richardson Farms, Spring Grove, IL
Following are other ideas and websites to help you to add more excitement to your travels.
The USDA website has neat maps that show where each commodity is produced. Once you determine your virtual trip route, you can click on each of the commodities listed to see what is produced in each of the states along the way. This data can be used to complete the Commodities Graph.
Number of US Farms in 2002
Hogs and Pigs
Sheep and Lambs
Click here for fun4H Virtual Farm tours!
Other projects include:
Cotton: Sock Babies—directions in handouts
Poultry: Dyeing Easter Eggs
Rice: Rice Babies—directions in handouts
Corn: Popcorn Fun
Soybeans: How Strong Are Soybean Seeds?—directions in handouts
Naturally dyed Easter eggs
Decorating Easter Eggs with Parsley
For our rice babies, pantyhose legs were filled with rice according to each child’s birth weight.
A fun game helped determine Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors.
Google I-35 Map, Laredo, TX to Duluth, MN
Google I-95 Map, Miami, FL to Houlton, ME
Google I-10 Map, Santa Monica, CA to Jacksonville, FL
Google I-80 Map, San Francisco, CA to New York City, NY
A lligators N uts—Peanuts and Pecans
B eans and Beef Cattle O ysters and Okra
C orn and Cotton P umpkins
D iversity in our nation Q uilts of cotton
E ggs R ice
F ood and Fiber S ugar
G eography T rees
H ealthy meals U nderstanding agriculture
I llinois commodities V irtual trips
J ambalaya and Crawfish Pie W heat
K umquats X tra fun
L ouisiana commodities Y oung and old
M aps Z eal for learning
Margaret G. Perret
Louisiana Farm Bureau
St. Martin’s Episcopal School
School: 5309 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70003
Home: 508 Colony Place, Metairie, LA 70003