Materials to Use in Your Classroom

Life on a Cattle Ranch DVD coverLife on a Cattle Ranch:
A Child’s Perspective DVD

Local ranch children tell the story about life on the ranch, while a series of photographs and video clips are shown.  Please visit our Beef Promotion Store to order a copy or click the Order link below.

See the attached pdf with more supplemental activities.

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Print Lessons and Materials to Use in Your Classroom

Below are a variety of lessons that can be used by a teacher or guest speaker in a classroom to teach about beef and the cattle industry.  Most of the lessons have reproducible worksheets ready to copy and use.

Ranch Book List

There are many great books to help introduce topics surrounding ranch life.  This list includes many fun fictional stories, as well as non-fiction titles.

Create a Cowboy

A set of lessons to teach about cowboy tools and equipment.  The activities include completing a KWL chart about cowboy equipment, a “race” game to create a cowboy, and a memory game to play in small groups.  Follow up with creating their own cowboy gear!

Make Your Own Gear

A quick sheet of how to make your own chaps, vest, spurs, and bandana.  Get ready to play cowboy!

Build A Brand

A lesson that relates branding to student’s lives.  The students learn to read brands and then create their own brands and practice “marking” their papers for the day.  Follow up with The Round Up Game for a fun application of branding.
Target Audience: K-4th

The Round Up Game

A physical education game to teach about the role of cowboys on a ranch and the role of branding.

The Ultimate Harvesting Machine

A sequence of lesson plans for teaching about the unique job that cattle perform . . . turn grass into meat . . . a product that humans can eat!  The lessons include a fun anticipatory set to grab the students attention and an “equation” model of how we get the food we eat.
Target Audience: K – 3rd

Wow that Cow

A set of lessons to show the diverse products that cattle give to enrich our lives!  The lessons include whole group activities, center activities, and a followup homework project.
Target Audience: K-4th


Kids with the Cattle Country booklet


Presentations for CattleWomen Guest Speakers

Cowgirl AmandaCowboy Equipment – “Cowgirl Amanda” Presentation

A great presentation when you need to hold the attention of a large number of students.  This works well as a great introduction into a Cowboy Day.

Cowboy Day

A day that is centered around ranch life.  Students spend time at four different centers.  You can also incorporate in aspects from other lesson plans on this site to create an entire day.

Read Across America Day

Celebrated on March 2nd, Read Across America Day is a great opportunity to read a story to a classroom.  See the attached tips for your read aloud and check out the book list listed on this page for ideas of great ranch books.

Ranch Visit

Basic outline of a field trip day to a ranch.

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