Economy and Indiana
BY: Judith Allee, Cloverdale Elementary School, Cloverdale,
PURPOSE: Pupils will investigate the role of weather in
Indiana’s farming economy.
GRADE LEVEL: 4
GEOGRAPHY STANDARDS ADDRESSED:
- #1) How to use maps and other geographic representations,
tools and technologies to acquire, process and report information from
a spatial perspective.
- #6) How culturea nd experience influence people’s perceptions
of places and regions.
- #11) The patterns and networks of of economic interdepndence
on Earth’s surface.
- #15) How physical systems affect human systems.
- #16) The changes taht occur in the meaning, use, distribution
and importance of resources.
MATERIALS REQUIRED: large map of Indiana, computer, graph
paper, pencils, educational materials from the Soy bean Association
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity students
should be able to:
- 1. Access Websites to obtain information,
- 2. Work collectively in a group,
- 3. Use graphs to display information gathered, and
- 4. Make a prediction as to weather and its effect on
the economy of Indiana.
- l. Students will divide into groups of four.
- 2. Student group will select two years to investigate.
- 3. Students will graph temperature, precipitation and
length of growing season for the two year period.
- 4. Students will compile data on corn, wheat and soy
bean production for the two year period.
- 5. Students will determine the average price per bushel
of the three crops for the given two year period.
- 6. Students will compare the yield, price, and weather
conditions from the two year period selected.
- 7. Students will hypothesize the role of weather in the
production yield and the price of the products.
EVALUATION: The group will present their data to the fourth
grade classes using a media presentation of data collected and the conclusion
formed by the group.
EXTENSION: Groups may choose to present data to local
groups such as 4 - H, FFA, or Farm Bureau.