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.
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!
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 $_______ $_______
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.”
Directions from I-55, LaPlace, LA to Evergreen Plantation, Edgard, LA
Google Map: Evergreen Plantation, Great River Road, Edgard, LA
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
Directions from I-55, Memphis, TN to Peterson Farms, Decatur, Arkansas
Google Map: Peterson Farm Hatchery 1, 1200 E Roller Ave, Decatur, Arkansas
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
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
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
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