Fourth Grade

Below you will find educational materials for fourth grade teachers exploring agriculture in the classroom. All lesson plans were created based on Mississippi’s 2018 College-and-Career Readiness Standards in Math, Science, and Social Studies as well as the National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes, and the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s recognized commodities.

This curriculum was developed by the Mississippi State University School of Human Science for the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag in the Classroom Program.

Science

Forestry: E.4.9c.3 Construct scientific arguments from evidence to support claims that human activities, such as conservation efforts or pollution, affect the land,oceans,and atmosphere of Earth.

Conservation: E.4.9c.3 Construct scientific arguments from evidence to support claims that human activities, such as conservation efforts or pollution, affect the land,oceans,and atmosphere of Earth.

Corn: E.4.9c.3 Construct scientific arguments from evidence to support claims that human activities, such as conservation efforts or pollution, affect the land,oceans,and atmosphere of Earth.

Aquaculture: E.4.9c.3 Construct scientific arguments from evidence to support claims that human activities, such as conservation efforts or pollution, affect the land,oceans,and atmosphere of Earth.

Corn and Soybeans: L.4.2.1 Compare and Contrast the life cycles of familiar plants and animals.

Equine: L.4.2.1  Compare and Contrast life cyles of familiar plants and animals.

Peanuts: L.4.2.1 Compare and Contrast the life cycles of familiar plants and animals.

Honey: L.4.2 Students will demonstrate an understanding of life cycles, including familiar plants and animals (e.g., reptiles, amphibians, or birds.). L.4.2.1 Compare and Contrast life cyles of familiar plants and animals.

Soil: L.4.2.1 Compare and Contrast the life cycles of familiar plants and animals.

4.MD.1 Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm, mm; kg, g, mg; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36),…

Life Cycles: L.4.2.2 Develop and use models to explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, or butterflies) including commonalities (e.g., birth, growth, reproduction, or death).

Commodities: L.4.2 Students will demonstrate an understanding of life cycles, including familiar plants and animals (e.g., reptiles, amphibians, or birds). G.4.1 Describe the physical geography of Mississippi. 1. Compare and contrast the ten geographical regions of Mississippi in terms of soil, landforms, etc. 2. Illustrate major natural resources and deposits throughout Mississippi on a map, ex. Oil, agricultural, etc.  G.4.2. Understand how geographic and environmental factors influence life and work. 1. Compare the resources and scarcity of resources in a local region to other regions of Mississippi (e.g., Delta‘s rich soil vs. coastal waters).

Beef: L.4.2.2 Develop and use models to explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, or butterflies) including commonalities (e.g., birth, growth, reproduction, or death).

By-products: L.4.2.2 Develop and use models to explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, or butterflies) including commonalities (e.g., birth, growth, reproduction, or death). 4.NF.3 b Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation. Justify decompositions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model (including, but not limited to: concrete models, illustrations, tape diagram, number line, area model, etc.). Examples: 3/8 = 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 ; 3/8 = 1/8 + 2/8 ; 2 1/8 = 1 + 1 + 1/8 = 8/8 + 8/8 + 1/8. 4.NF.3 c Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators, e.g., by replacing each mixed number with an equivalent fraction, and/or by using properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Poultry: L.4.2.2  Develop and use models to explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, or butterflies) including commonalities (e.g., birth, growth, reproduction, or death).

Swine: L.4.2.2 Develop and use models to explain the unique and diverse life cycles of organisms other than humans (e.g., flowering plants, frogs, or butterflies) including commonalities (e.g., birth, growth, reproduction, or death). 

Social Studies

Rice: E.4.2 Evaluate how geographic and economic factors influence life and work in Mississippi. Compare the resources and scarcity of resources in a local region to other regions of Mississippi (e.g., Delta’s rich soil vs. coastal waters). 2. Describe the division of labor within Mississippi (e.g., government, industry, and agriculture). 3. Identify the opportunity cost of choices made within Mississippi (e.g., cotton farming vs. soybean farming, pasture land vs. industrial development, beaches vs. casinos, landfills vs. parks, etc.).

Horticulture: E.4.2 Evaluate how geographic and economic factors influence life and work in Mississippi. 

Forage: G.4.2. Understand how geographic and environmental factors influence life and work. 1. Compare the resources and scarcity of resources in a local region to other regions of Mississippi (e.g., Delta‘s rich soil vs. coastal waters). 2. 3. Describe the opportunity cost of choices made within Mississippi (e.g., cotton farming vs. soybean farming, pasture land vs. industrial development, beaches vs. casinos, landfills vs. parks, etc.).

Commodities: L.4.2 Students will demonstrate an understanding of life cycles, including familiar plants and animals (e.g., reptiles, amphibians, or birds). G.4.1 Describe the physical geography of Mississippi. 1. Compare and contrast the ten geographical regions of Mississippi in terms of soil, landforms, etc. 2. Illustrate major natural resources and deposits throughout Mississippi on a map, ex. Oil, agricultural, etc.  G.4.2. Understand how geographic and environmental factors influence life and work. 1. Compare the resources and scarcity of resources in a local region to other regions of Mississippi (e.g., Delta‘s rich soil vs. coastal waters).

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