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The weather has been beautiful here in Indiana, and that means people are firing up their grills and enjoying burgers and steaks. Beef is a great source of protein and iron, and I happen to think it’s pretty delicious as well.  We get to enjoy these tasty meals because of the hard work of beef farmers. There’s lots of information for kids about milk and dairy farms, but I think kids should learn about all that we get from cows.

Where's The Beef?

What is like on a beef farm? How is beef farming different than dairy farming? These are the questions we are answering in this month’s agriculture homeschool lesson. The lesson and activities below are most appropriate for preschool through 2nd grade, but older kids (and grown ups!) can learn a lot as well! Beef is delicious and nutritious, and raising cattle is a labor of love for those who devote their lives to it.

Where’s The Beef? A Homeschool Lesson About Beef Farming

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Related Activities

Cow Craft

Head over to This Farm Family’s Life, where Sarah is sharing an awesome craft to share with this lesson. Sarah’s family also raises beef cattle, so her blog is a great resource for a real look at beef farming.

The Beef Lifecycle

Everything But the Moo

Stand Up Cow Coloring Page

Texas Cattle Drive Classroom Experience

Recommended Reading

Beef Cattle Book

Beef Cattle: an A to Z Book by Susan Anderson

Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture by Susan Anderson

Life on a Cattle Farm by Judy Wolfman

Cattle Kids by Cat Urbigkit

Stay tuned next month for another fun homeschooling unit that ties agricultural education in with math, reading, science, and more! In the meantime, find lots more fun homeschooling ideas on my Homeschool Pinterest Board. And don’t miss last month’s lesson, It’s Planting Season!