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Cotton: From the Field to your Family (Free)

from Farm Academy Live

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Students are introduced to a local cotton farmer and his role as a cotton producer. Students will travel through the lesson alongside the presenter from the day the cotton seed is planted to the day the cotton is harvested. The students will be taught about the parts of a cotton plant, the pests both good and bad associated with the cotton plants health, and cotton harvesting methods, both past and present. Students will view how cotton is processed at the gin and how it is created into physical items at the mill. The students will ultimately witness how cotton becomes the clothes we wear everyday.

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45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Industrial Technology, Social Studies/History, Economics/Business, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Sciences, Literacy, Reading, Problem Solving Agriculture

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

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09/25/2018 03:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Registration Deadline: 09/25/2019)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We understand the occasional need to reschedule due to a time conflict, weather conditions or technical difficulties. However, we commit resources to a program the moment a reservation is received and presenters are scheduled. So if we can prevent a cancelation in any way possible that is preferred.

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Farm Academy Live

Hanford, CA
United States

Farm Academy Live provides students with the opportunity to experience firsthand agricultural processing methods through interactive video conferencing. It is built to meet Common Core State Standards k-5 and makes information accessible and understandable for auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. The programs offered are interactive, innovative and engaging.

Eileen De Raadt

Program Details


1. Introduction
2. Video, meet a local cotton farmer and learn about his occupation
3. Growth Requirements- Sun, Water, Soil, Land
4. Cotton Plant Parts
5. Cotton Plant Growth- Spring, Summer, Fall
6. Pests- Cotton Health
7. Harvesting Methods-Past & Present (Hands-on activity)
8. Ginning Process
9. Milling Process (Partner Activity)
10. Time is allotted for questions and answers

NOTE: Samples of raw cotton will be sent for the hands-on activity. There will be enough for each student to receive an individual bag of cotton.


The participant will be able to:
- Understand the role of a cotton farmer and their responsibilities
- Identify the parts of a cotton plant
- Identify cotton plant growth requirements
- Understand how photosynthesis takes place
- Identify the pests associated with the cotton plants
- Understand how the pests affect the cotton plants health
- Compare and contrast past and present cotton harvesting methods
- Identify who created the cotton gin
- Understand technological advances in the cotton industry
- Understand how raw cotton can become clothing at the mill
- Develop an appreciation for the cotton industry

Standards Alignment

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