Harvest of History Lesson Plans
WHERE ARE WE?
This module begins by rooting students to their community through a sense of place. Through hands-on mapping, climate and community-based investigations students begin to examine and interpret the landscape and environment of their community and how the relationship between geography and climate affects their region’s agricultural production.
WHO ARE WE?
In this module, students will study the agricultural trends in their region to identify the cultural groups that have settled there throughout history. Agriculture and cuisine are fundamental cultural expressions. This module integrates community life with the environment as students begin to delve into the relationship between people and the land. Students will begin to understand how the culture of their community was formed through the complex way in which each culture satisfied their nutritional needs.
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
In this module, students will build upon their knowledge of regional agricultural trends to explore the impact that changes in technology had on everyday life, ranging from the use of simple hand tools to the introduction and use of gasoline-powered agricultural tools.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
In this module, students will investigate the relationship between agriculture and the local economy and begin to understand the complexities of an agriculture-based economy. Basic patterns of economic activity can be seen through the lens of agriculture because it addresses a basic human need: food. Another important consideration is the movement towards the preservation of a viable agricultural market in New York.