Students watch several videos on the Iowa State Fair, and learn about the many activities held at the Fair. They then create a poster for the Fair that reflects the historical and economic role that agriculture has played in Iowa.
This lesson is a part of "Great States: Unit 5: Iowa’s Cultures." In this unit, students will consider some of the many groups who have shaped the unique culture of Iowa.
E.SS.3.13: Identify how people use natural resources, human resources, and physical capital to produce goods and services.
H.SS.4.26: Explain how Iowa’s agriculture has changed over time.
- Video: "The Young Prince" | Iowa State Fair 2016
- Video: Antique Tractors | Iowa State Fair 2015
- Video: FFA Sheep Show | Iowa State Fair 2016
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to project videos to the class
- Notebooks or loose-leaf paper (optional)
- Construction paper or white printer paper
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Tell students they will be watching a series of videos about the Iowa State Fair. They should watch carefully for activities that could be used on a poster to reflect the historical and economic role that agriculture has played in Iowa. Tell them they will be creating such a poster after watching the videos. If desired, students can take notes in notebooks or on loose-leaf paper.
Play the video, "The Young Prince" | Iowa State Fair 2016, about a metal horse displayed at the Iowa State Fair [2:00].
Play the video, Antique Tractors | Iowa State Fair 2015, about different tractors on display at the Iowa State Fair [3:19].
Play the video, FFA Sheep Show | Iowa State Fair 2016, about Future Farmers of America (FFA) youth showing sheep at the Iowa State Fair [3:54].
Have students create a poster reflecting the historical and economic role that agriculture has played in Iowa. Or, consider asking students to create a poster designed to attract visitors to the Fair during a certain time period. Would the poster look different in the 1920s? If so, why? [At that time, Iowa farmers were feeling the start of the Great Depression.] How would a poster from the 1980s look different? [At that time, the state was feeling the effects of the Farm Crisis. For more information, visit Iowa Public Television's 1980s Farm Crisis collection.]
Display the posters in the learning area.