Are you a teacher or mom or a cupcake lover? This is fun activity just for you! My Ag Exploration class recently learned about the layers of the soil using cupcakes! During class we learn about the layers of the soil. Students discussed why soil is important and how it impacts their own lives. Then we get to the fun part!
I use cupcakes to re-enforce the concept! Using two boxed cake mixes I created cupcakes for my class!
Make the cake mixes as directed on the back of the box. Who doesn’t enjoy watching some Hulu as you cook too!
There are six soil horizons. Therefore, you divide the cupcake mix into six different colors, using food coloring to alter the color.
Layer all the cupcakes in the same order. If you don’t get the same amount of each color it is not a problem. In class, we discuss how soil is different in different locations. Therefore, all the cupcakes are not the same!
Place them in the oven!
In class we use straws to take soil samples, discuss the layers, and review!
Check out the lesson plan and activity below for your classroom!
Soil Sampling with Cupcakes!
Sitting at my desk minutes before the bell is going to ring, I hear my students talking about the most recent attempts by PETA to attack the agriculture industry through a post on Facebook. This is not uncommon but it has caught the attention of some of my students.
They have begun to realize the impact that an organization is having on something they love. As we began discussing the article they were shocked that someone would take the principles of FFA and create such a disturbing article about it! They could not believe individuals would actually think the FFA would hurt or abuse what they use to sustain their livelihood.
FFA is a dynamic organization that has helped students grow into leaders, advanced public speakers, and advocates for an industry that they love. I was able to share my passion this fall at National FFA Convention. I wanted to show my students that you need to stand up for what you believe in. Through personal growth, career success, and premier leadership FFA has changed hundreds of thousands of lives all over the country!
Each activity we do as a chapter my students learn responsibility and valuable life lessons that can help them in the future. Whether it be through a Career Development Event, Leadership Development Event, Chapter or National event our chapter and students strive to create a positive imagine and role model for the agriculture industry. I stress to my students that even when we are having fun people look up to them.
Our chapter took 40 members to National FFA Convention where they attended leadership sessions, toured a dairy farm, and learned about agriculture on a national level.
FFA is not just a career for me, but it was a club I enjoyed in high school! Nicole and I were both active in FFA. We served our chapter on at Career Development Events and as Chapter Officers. It guided me to my future career and a job I love waking up to each morning.
My goal for each one of you is to start a conversation about agriculture or even the FFA with someone else! If we don’t share the positive impact FFA makes in our own lives and the lives around us, who will?