Q3W2 Dairy Unit (2/2 – 2/5)

TeacherSheri Potter
Subject AreaDairy
Grade Level6th & 7th
Week #Q3W2
Unit of InstructionAgriculture
Standard(s) Taught

Distinguish between food, service, and companion animals.

Identify breeds of food, service, and companion animals.

Identify the needs of an animal and describe and describe proper care for that animal.

Identify the breeds of livestock important to agriculture.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

This week students will focus on:

*Dairy cattle
*The 5 main breeds of dairy cattle
*How the five main breeds differ
*What the differences are in their milk and what products they provide
*Where these cattle originated from and how and when they arrived in North America

Classroom Activities

Bell Ringers:

Tuesday: What are some items that we use every day that come from dairy products? (Name at least 3)

Wednesday: Name at least 2 ways that dairy cattle and beef cattle are different.

Friday: “Dreams don’t work unless you do.” Tell me what this quote means to you.

Assignments Due


This week we will be starting into our dairy unit. You will get to work with a partner on this week’s assignment and you must work together in order to come to an agreeable conclusion…part of this work is a compromise. For my innovative students, if you choose to work as a team, you are more than welcome to or you can work individually. We will be studying the 5 main breeds of dairy cattle and you will have the choice of either doing an informational poster about ONE of the 5 breeds OR doing a PowerPoint. You will have class time to do your research and work on your poster. Please see attached rubric for grading. You must cover the following categories on your poster or PowerPoint and your PowerPoint must have at least 8 slides (you must site your sources).


*What country did your breed of dairy cattle originate from?

*What year did it first arrive in the United States?

*Breed characteristics? Average weight? Average milk production? Common look? How does it vary from other dairy cattle?

*What is the average milk production for this breed and what is the milk used for?

*Where is the largest number of this breed located?

*Any further information you would like to include that you found relevant.

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