Three Goldendale, Wash., FFA members, Kyhlie Linder, Denice Owen and Vanaesa Ontiveros, have been teaching grades K-6 about agriculture for the past three months as part of an FFA Leadership Development Event.
The event is called FARM for Kids and encourages FFA chapters within Washington state to develop and implement “outreach” programs. These programs engage and ultimately educate K-6 students in their schools through activities or presentations related to agriculture. In FARM, participants in this event must create an informative presentation that is designed to be fun, educational, and grade-level appropriate.
Each week the three ladies met with each other to schedule and plan out their lessons as well as prepare their materials. On scheduled days, the girls went to the primary or middle school, to teach a certain grade level about a different topic in agriculture. The topics of agriculture that the team taught about were soil profiles, animal by-products, the parts of a plant, dairy products, fish and water quality, beef production, and floriculture. Each lesson had some hands-on activity for the students to complete.
At the end of each lesson, they asked the students questions about what they had learned and the results were AMAZING! As stated by Vanaesa Ontiveros, “The students were able to stay very engaged throughout the lessons and even told us that they had a lot of fun doing it.”
The next step for Kyhlie, Denice, and Vanaesa is submitting their application and presenting at the Washington State FFA Convention. “We are very excited to move forward with our project and attend the FFA State Convention to share our project,” says Denice Owen.