Farm Technologies: Past and Present

Find out how farming relates to math and science

At Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

In this math and science-focused program, students explore current and historic farming practices through a variety of hands-on activities at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Students use all their senses while conducting scientific field experiments; discovering the principles of weights, measures, and simple machines; and experiencing the importance of composting and recycling.

Students also work in the kitchen garden planting, weeding, or harvesting, depending on time of year. The program includes a pre-visit lesson at school; students learn about the life cycle of the bean, then each plant a bean seed to grow in their classroom.

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Program Details

Offered Weekdays, April – October

Length: Two hours on-site, plus a forty-minute pre-visit lesson in the classroom.

Cost: $9.00 per student. Maximum Group Size: 50 students

Type of Program: Field Trips, Scouts

Related Topics: Environment, Farming

Curriculum Links

Connections to Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

History and Social Science (August 2003 version)

Concepts and skills: History and geography 1, 3, 4 and 5

Learning Standards: New England and Massachusetts 3.1

Cities and towns 3.8, 3.12

Concepts and Skills: History and Geography 3

Learning Standards 4.7

Concepts and Skills: History and Geography 1, 2 and 3. Provides historical context for time period covered in grade 5

Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering (October 2006 version)

Earth and Space Science

Learning Standard 5

Life Sciences

Learning Standard 2 and 3

View full frameworks from the Massachusetts Department of Education

English Language Arts and Literacy (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)

Grade 3

1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, (p. 24)

Grade 4

1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, and 2 (p. 24)

Grade 5

1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, and 4 (p. 24)

View full Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy

Mathematics (adopted March 2011, page numbers from Common Core document linked below)

Grade 3

2, 3, 4 (p. 24)

2, 3 (p. 26)

Grade 4

1, 3 (p. 31)

Grade 5

1, 3 (p. 38)

View full Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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