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Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Kansas Lesson Plan

Graze Like a Cow

Lesson Plan
This lesson will introduce students to the dairy industry in Kansas and the various careers associated with dairy production.

Suggested Grade Level

4th - 10th


120 minutes


Science, Math


  1. Student will learn how a cow digests the grasses and plants they eat.
  2. Students will simulate 'eating' like a cow using their hands and compare amount of forage gathered in overgrazed situations compared to healthy grass situations.
  3. Students will determine the effects of rangeland health on the production (milk, beef, etc.) of a cow.
  4. Students will understand the importance of native grasslands to Kansas' economy.
  5. Students will learn about different management techniques ranchers use to maintain the health of native grasslands.
  6. Students will act out the roles of native plants and invasive weeds to see the impact overgrazing can have in pastures.
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