Horne Bay Farm’s curriculum guide is designed to give students in grades K-5 an opportunity to investigate, observe and experience what life is like on an American farm.
This curriculum was designed to be used effectively with students in K -5 and can be modified as needed. The curriculum provides students with activities that will prepare them for their visit, by engaging them in conversations, informational text, science experiences and more. Additionally, pre and post tests are included as a way for teachers to gather data on the impact the field trip experience had on each student.
The curriculum is designed to be started in the classroom will be enhanced, expanded and illustrated during the visit to Horne Bay Farm. After students return to the classroom. Follow-up activities including the post assessment, are designed to exited enrich, and apply the concepts learned at the farm.

Our Goals at Horne Bay Farm
– To help children develop the concept of what life is like on an American farm.
– To increase knowledge about relationships between farm animals and humans.
– To provide children with experiences that allow them to use their five senses to observe the natural world around them.
– To acquaint children with common farm animals, their role and importance.

Standards addressed in this curriculum guide and field experiences at the Farm:
1st Grade Life Science and the Ecosystem
Essential Standard 1.L.1 Understand characteristics of various environments and behaviors of humans that enable plants and a animals to survive
1.L.1.1. Recognize that plants and animals need air, water, light (plants only), space food and shelter and that these may be found in their environment.
1.L.1.2. Give examples of how the needs of different plants and animals can be meet by their environments in North Carolina or different places throughout the world.
1.L.1.3. Summarize ways that humans protect their environment and/or improve conditions for the growth of the plants and animals that live there (e.g. reuse or recycle products to avoid littering).

Common Core Standards for Reading
LACC.1.RI.1.2 Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
LACC.4.RI.4.10 Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social sciences, science and technical texts.
Common Core Standards for Writing
LACC1.W.1.3 Write narratives in which students recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order.
LACC4.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Some Helpful Links

Pre-visit Activities
Learn how a rooster knows when to crow at dawn – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130318-rooster-crow-circadian-clock-science/
Color some farm animals! – http://www.kinderart.com/kindercolor/farm.shtml
Post-visit Activities
Make a paper plate cow like the one here! And ask the kids to describe milking the simulated cow. – http://www.housingaforest.com/paper-plate-cow/

Make a hand print chicken! – http://funhandprintart.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html

Make finger puppets and have the kids tell about their farm experience! – https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/15660642/farm-animal-finger-puppets-kiz-club

Watch a baby chicken hatch! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyO3YwrsJPg