The IdeaBin is a resource that aims to bring soybeans, agriculture and science into the classroom by providing educational tools and resources that engage students.  The resources on this site are targeted toward middle and high school science and agriculture education classrooms.  All of the curriculum and activities are matched with Nebraska State Education Standards.

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Pork/Soy By-Product Bingo

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) and the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) teamed up once again to create an entertaining, yet instructional, game available to elementary schools.

The game, entitled Bingo, is being offered at no cost for use with second- through fifth-grade students to help them understand the importance of animal agriculture to the state’s economy. The Bingo game, a two-in-one card game introduced in 2012, features “Pork Bingo” on one side of the card, and “Soy Bingo” on the other. The games provide fun facts that teach students about the many products made from pigs and soybeans grown in Nebraska–products that we use every day.

The game kit comes with a set of 25 double-faced cards, game tokens, call-out cards, 25 worksheets and a classroom poster. The worksheets feature an 18-word crossword puzzle and a matching game that help students learn about the usefulness of Nebraska-grown pigs and soybeans.

Teachers can order the Bingo game at nebraskaporkbingo.com. Quantities are limited, so teachers are urged to order immediately.

NE Farm Bureau: Ag in the Classroom

Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a statewide program that helps K-12 students and teachers develop an awareness and understanding that agriculture is their source of life’s necessities. AITC has a long history of creating resources tied to state education standards to assist teachers in connecting their students to their source of food, fiber, and fuel – agriculture!

Short Snoots, Soybean Sprouts

Short Snoots, Soybean Sprouts is a colorful, four-page handout that teaches third- through sixth-graders the importance of pigs and soybeans in their lives through fun facts, puzzles and other activities to engage their imaginations. They’ll learn about how pigs and soybeans are raised, how soybeans provide healthy, high-protein foods for both pigs and people, and how by-products of soybeans and pigs are used to make beneficial non-food products.

Nebraska Interactive Map Project

The Nebraska Soybean Checkoff, partnered with other Nebraska commodity groups, has developed a new form of accessing Nebraska agricultural information and soybean data in our changing world of information and technology. The Interactive Map Project is designed to give students, educators, and parents a more interactive and useful way to understand the facts, events, and places that impact our daily lives.  Student worksheets and teacher keys also accompany the interactive maps. Many of the maps are especially useful for 4th and 5th grade instructing in Nebraska and U.S. history.

Soybean information, including county specific production data, will be available for students.  This data shows students and consumers how the soybean industry has evolved over time by comparing today’s production to that of 1924 and 1965.  A video about soybean production and the many uses of soy is also featured.

Find the maps and teacher resources here: http://www.nefbmap.org/

The Science of Soy – Interactive Soybean Cards

The Nebraska Soybean Checkoff has created a teaching tool that meets Nebraska standards for science in 5th, 8th, and 12th grades (and can be adapted for many other grade levels). This comprehensive guide to soybeans includes 20 lessons:

Growth Requirements:
1. Growth Requirements on Trial: Soil
2. Growth Requirements on Trial: Water
3. Growth Requirements on Trial: Light
4. Growth Requirements on Trial: Light Color
5. Growth Requirements on Trial: Light Angle
6. Growth Requirements on Trial: Leaves
7. Growth Requirements on Trial: Temperature

Soybean Activities:
8. Perfect Pollination
9. Burn a Bean
10. Soybean Soup
11. Surrounded by Soy
12. Life Cycle Timeline
13. Hoop it up for Predicting Soybean Yields
14. Comparing Cousins
15. Discovering DNA
16. What’s in a Soybean
17. Soy Yummy
18. Harvesting Headaches? Not anymore!
19. Agronomy Expert
20. Fact or Myth

View the introductory video. (coming soon!)

Download these fun and educational lessons and the learning key today!

NE Farm Bureau Foundation Curriculum

For more great educational resources for all grade levels click here.