The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Friday announced the release of several new educational games and learning materials through the My American Farm web portal, just in time for back to school.
The first, an educational game entitled "Load the Lunchbox," helps students connect the food in their lunchboxes to the farmers who produce it.
The game was designed specifically for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten learner. Students meet Farmer Luis who takes them on a trip to farms across the nation. At each stop, players race to harvest all of the food on the farm. Once harvested, students earn a related item to add to their lunchbox.
Accompanying the game is a new eComic "Teaching Winter Wheat" that allows players to join Benjamin P. Farmington as he visits a wheat farm throughout the year to learn about how wheat is planted, grown, harvested, stored and processed.
In addition to the release of Load the Lunchbox, the Foundation also announced the launch of a new version of the popular game "Ag Spin 'N Solve." In this version, users pick from a variety of agricultural categories before spinning the prize wheel and solving a word puzzle. New subject areas and terms have been added to the game to help learners increase their understanding of the science and technology involved in agriculture.
The games are all part of the My American Farm platform, which was launched in 2011 to engage pre-K through fifth grade learners in the discovery of relevant agricultural issues.
Today, the free site offers 17 agriculturally-themed games and more than 100 free educator resources such as lesson plans, activity sheets and comics. Two additional games will be released later this year.
The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the Foundation, and is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer. For more, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.
News source: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture