Curriculum Aligned Teachers Guide
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This George the Farmer Educational Resource aims to raise awareness about many of the things the dairy industry does to raise happy cows and calves, produce, process and deliver milk and; produce healthy dairy foods for us to enjoy!
The dairy food group includes milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, cream and/or alternatives such as soy beverages, made from rice or other cereals which contain at least 100mg calcium per 100ml. The dairy food group is one of the five food groups that are important for our good health.
Did you know that there are different types of dairy farms located across Australia? Some are large commercial farms with automated and robotic systems while others aren’t. Some dairy farmers milk cows once, twice or sometimes three times a day in environments like milking sheds that are specially designed and electronically controlled. Milking stalls in these sheds can be set out in a ‘herringbone’ pattern or on a continuously rotating platform called a rotary that allows the cows to move through the dairy easily and efficiently with minimal handling.
This free curriculum-aligned educators guide for Foundation - Year 4 levels focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Sustainability (STEAM) subjects.
This resource is intended as starting points for a cross-curricular approach to learning, based on the George the Farmer YouTube video “Dairy” and accompanying Virtual Reality (VR) video on YouTube or through the FarmVR app.
It is also suggested that students read ‘George the Farmer, Ruby and the Dairy Dilemma’.
The guide is divided into a series of Science, Technologies, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities aimed at students between the ages of 4 and 8 years. The activities seek to complement and extend the enjoyment students will experience from seeing the video, whilst at the same time meet some of the requirements of curriculum outcomes.
The activities in this resource can be printed out for students, or alternatively, display the activity page from the PDF on your interactive white board or import an activity page into your online teaching and learning environment such as Google Slides and have the students use their existing workbooks to complete the task.
This is a FREE curriculum-aligned guide. Enter your details to download the PDF. Payment details are not required.
This curriculum-linked learning resource was produced by George the Farmer Pty Ltd for Primary Producers SA (PPSA).
This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from the Australian Government's Educating Kids about Agriculture initiative.
George the Farmer Dairy Picture Book
Animals and robotics in one book? You can bet your bottom dollar this one is a favourite! "Alex the dairy farmer needs help. His dairy cow, Polly, has a pooey problem! Join George and Ruby in this udderly fantastic tale, as they get to the bottom of the dairy dilemma using Ruby's beaut agronomy skills!"
At 32 pages in length with 16 full-page, colour illustrations, it's the perfect, fun way to teach kids about milk production. In Australia, 45% of year six kids didn't identify lunch box items such as cheese as originating from a farm and almost 1/3 thought yoghurt came from a plant! Make sure your little ones change this statistic!
Printed in South Australia on paper from well-managed forests using environmentally friendly vegetable-based inks.
Profits from the sale of this book are used to create freely available curriculum-aligned educational resources for teachers to use in the classroom to educate children about farming where food comes from. Take a look at our educational farm resources.