All Subjects
      All Types

        Info

        Grades

        3-5,13+

        Permitted Use


        Part of Great States
        0 Favorites
        15 Views

        Iowa | Activity 5.2: The Iowa State Fair

        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.

        Lesson Summary

        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.

        Time Allotment

        20 minutes

        Learning Objectives

        Standards: 

        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.

        Supplies

        Directions

        1. 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.

        1. Play the video, "The Young Prince" | Iowa State Fair 2016, about a metal horse displayed at the Iowa State Fair [2:00].

        1. Play the video, Antique Tractors | Iowa State Fair 2015, about different tractors on display at the Iowa State Fair [3:19].

        1. 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].

        1. 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.]

        1. Display the posters in the learning area.

        For more information about the Iowa State Fair, visist Iowa State Fair - Animals and Iowa State Fair - Youth.

        For more information on the history of the Iowa State Fair, visit The Great State Fair and Iowa State Fair - Flashbacks.

        Contributor:
        Producer:

        You must be logged in to use this feature

        Need an account?
        Register Now