Changes and Challenges: A Century of Utah Agriculture
Grade 7 (Lesson Plans and Multimedia Program)
Looking for a different approach to contextualize your Utah Studies curriculum? Consider this updated instructional resource "Changes and Challenges: A Century of Utah Agriculture." This chronological multimedia program, and the accompanying lesson plans, highlight significant agricultural events in Utah's history, the settlement of Utah, and the self-sufficient nature of the state's people. The multimedia program includes more than 50 primary sources and engages students beyond a Utah historical time line. As students explore historical events, they also learn about what the people of Utah are doing to sustain themselves: how they make their living; establish their communities; and, as technological innovations evolve from research and education, how these events have changed and will change their lives.
The resource incorporates the story of two 20th century families, the Cox family of Alton, Utah, and the Gossner family of Cache County, Utah. Students compare and contrast these two agricultural families to learn more about how historical and scientific events change people's lives. The program also includes a link to the "My American Farm" website which engages students in educational games to understand contemporary agriculture.
Be sure to consider the At Home on the Range lesson plan and the Ranch Starter Kit. Combined, these two resources will engage your students with a hands-on understanding of Utah's land resources.