Available Ag Literacy Resources

National Agriculture in the Classroom Curriculum Matrix

Description: An online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards. Search our instructional, classroom-ready resources now!

Grade Level(s): K-12

Click here to access the curriculum matrix.

Buy Nevada Lesson Plans

Description: Developed for use by high school teachers, these lesson plans and associated resources utilize Nevada food and agriculture businesses to teach the following: economics, exporting, basic market structures, branding and marketing, and the selling process. Standards are noted for use in agricultural science I and II courses. Use by teachers of varying disciplines to teach core content will help students understand the relationship among agriculture and society and economics.

Grade Level(s): 9-12

Buy Nevada, Economics & Agricultural Exports

Buy Nevada, Agricultural Sales & Marketing


Healthy Eating, Smart Learning – Nevada School Meal Pattern Activity Booklet Series

Description: Inspired by Nevada's School Meal Pattern, each activity booklet addresses one of the food groups on a student's breakfast or lunch tray. Students learn about healthy eating, food and agriculture, a connection of a food group to Nevada, career opportunities and more.

Grade Level(s): 3-5

Available Activity Booklet for Download

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Journey 2050 

 Description: How will we sustainably feed over 9 billion people by the year 2050? Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry-based
approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students experience
the lives of three farm families in Kenya, India, and Canada.

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Grade Level(s): Lesson Plans available for grade bands 6-8 and 9-12.

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Moolissa, the Incredible Milking Cow

 Description: Moolissa is a life-size, interactive educational tool, allowing children of all ages to learn the art of milking and have lots of fun doing it! Made from fiberglass for easy transport, she is suitable for both indoor and outdoor events. Moolissa moos and utilizes a hidden pump to deliver fluid (water for demonstration purposes) from the holding tank to the udders to the authentic stainless steel milking pail.

Available for visits to schools and community events upon staff availability and for check-out by agriculture partners for ag literacy and promotional events.

Grade Level(s): All ages are attracted to Moolissa and there are numerous dairy lesson online for targeted grade levels.

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My American Farm fair display - Farmer's Market

Description: Take students to the Farmer's Market with this life-sized (15'Wx7.4'H) banner and supporting resources! Visitors to the banner pick up a card appropriate for their age. The card colors and numbers correspond to those on the banner and learners solve the challenges on their cards. Youth learn about farmer's markets, buying local, nutrition, USDA My Plate and more. 

Grade Level(s): Targeted towards ages 3-11 

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My Plate, My State Teacher Toolkit

Description: USDA offers a toolkit for teachers that can be used to discuss the role of local agriculture and nutrition in the classroom. The toolkit provide links to lesson plans around gardening, agriculture and nutrition and more.

Grade Level(s): Pre-K – 6

Click here to view the USDA MyPlate, MyState toolkit for teachers.

Nevada Agriculture and Water Video Series


Description: Water is an important and limited natural resource in Nevada. In this video series, kid interviewers follow water from snowpack to farms to grow food. They interact with experts and learn about career opportunities in food, agriculture, and natural resources. Each video clip is under 3 minutes in length. Watch for lesson plans on these topics to be released Fall 2018!

Grade Level(s): 3-5

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 Nevada Ag Products Poster Series (10 posters/info packet)

Description: Developed to provide teachers with facts, statistics and activities for students on Nevada's various agriculture products. The series is available on 11x17 poster sized paper suitable for laminating. It also includes a packet with additional information related to specific products.

Grade Level(s): Vocabulary, background information and suggested activities are adaptable for use in K-12.

Order the Poster Series (10 posters and information packet)

Nevada Agriculture Commodities Map (OUT OF STOCK - redesigned map poster coming 2019!)

Description: Highlights Nevada’s major agriculture commodities and introduces youth to the diversity of agriculture within their state and county

Grade Level(s): Adaptable for use in K-12.

Download the Nevada Agriculture Commodities Map.

Order the Nevada Agriculture Commodities Map.

School Garden Programs

Description: School gardens are one of the most powerful influences in the lives of students; they can significantly help to promote healthy habits and behavior in children. A school garden puts the natural world at students' fingertips. They nurture a child's curiosity and desire to explore the world. Educators find that school gardens create the framework for interdisciplinary, collaborative, student-centered, experiential, and engaged learning.

Grade Level(s): K-12


Need resources to help your school develop an engaging school garden program? Click here.

Learn about the Nevada School Garden Conference.


Sheep & Wool in Nevada Activity Book

Description: Educates students about the unique history of sheep production in Nevada utilizing federally managed lands and introduces them to the Basque culture which has been important throughout Nevada history. This is accomplished through multidisciplinary lessons and activities.

Grade Level(s): Targeted at 4th grade Nevada history, includes section outlining educational topics covered relevant to grades 3-6.

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Science & Social Studies in the Sagebrush Ecosystem

Description: Compilation of resources for background information, lesson plans, and educational resources related to sagebrush ecosystems. Specifically focuses on the topics of: sagebrush ecosystems and their plant communities, soils, encroachments and invasives, livestock grazing and animal habitats including efforts around sage grouse. Resources were identified to assist in meeting Next Generation Science Standards and Nevada State Academic Content Standards for Social Studies.

Grade Level(s): 6-9

View list of educational resources for topics related to Nevada's Sagebrush ecosystems


 Stewards of the Rangeland Series Educational Units

Description: Adapted from the award winning documentary series “Stewards of the Rangeland," which aired on KNPB. Educational resources were developed on Rangeland Water and The Endangered West. The KNPB website provides links to standards-based lesson plans and suggested video clips from the documentaries for educators to utilize in the classroom.

Grade Level(s): 7-8

View the lesson plans and video clips at KNPB.

Weed Warriors Curriculum

Description: NDA collaborated on the development of this curriculum as part of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful Warriors education series and focuses on the destructive effect of invasive weeds on our habitat and economy.

Grade Level(s): 4-6

Download Curriculum and request a Weed Warrior Presentation in your classroom or club.

Check out a Weed Warrior Box
Provides educators with hands-on activities and curriculum for a unit (1-2) weeks. The box can be checked out on first come, first-served basis, delivered to your school, complete with enough supplies to teach your students a variety of lessons. Keep for three weeks to teach your lessons and then return to the NDA for the next teacher to utilize.

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