Lesson Plans

The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom takes pride in the variety of resources it offers to educators and students. Periodically, materials are revised or removed from general circulation. The lesson plans in this "Archives" section are sound educational pieces which will enhance your teaching. However, they are not listed on the main lesson plan section solely because they are not aligned to the current Content Standards for California Public Schools nor do they contain the most current statistics or contact information.

Counting on Cooperatives

By Nancy Harris and Michael Jarman
September 1997
Grade: 5-6
Subjects: Science, English Language Arts, Health/Nutrition, Visual/Performing Arts

This six-lesson unit introduces students to the study of economics, including an introduction to basic business types and systems. Students learn about international, national and California history as they take a historical tour of cooperatives and how they have evolved into the business structures that exist today. Arithmetic skills are reinforced as students cooperatively solve word problems and exchange money. In a culminating activity, students open a business of their own choosing and experience the business world first-hand as classmates act as consumers. Agriculture is the overall theme for this unit.

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