Students watch a video about the Uffelman family and learn about multi-generational farming in eastern Montana. They then answer questions relating the information to their lives and the agriculture industry in Montana.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Unit 9: Industry – Mining, Timber, and Agriculture" where students will consider the major resources and enterprises that form the basis of Montana’s economy.
6.3: Identify and describe ways families, groups, tribes, and communities influence the individual’s daily life and personal choices.
3.3: Describe and illustrate ways in which people interact with their physical environment (e.g., land use, location of communities, methods of construction, design of shelters).
- Video: Sugar-Beet Farm Family | America’s Heartland
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Following the Family Path handout
Tell students they will be watching a video about a tight-knit family farm in Montana who is firmly rooted the sugar-beet industry.
Distribute the Following the Family Path handout to students. Instruct students to take notes on the video.
Play the video, Sugar-Beet Farm Family | America’s Heartland. [4:06]
Have students answer questions on the handout.
Sugar beets [0:04]
A cash crop is a crop that can be sold to others for a profit—some make more than others. The advantages are increased income, but if the crop fails it can be a more expensive loss, and there is no income.
He wanted to continue the family farm and be able to spend time with them. He gets to see his relatives almost every day, and they all help one another out. [2:05]
Nature (drought, weather difficulties), the economy/market changes, fluctuating prices [3:22]
Answers will vary.
Sample answer: I would love to do the same job as my parents or grandparents because they would teach me everything I needed to know, and I would always have help if something went wrong.