Miniature brings to mind many lessons from my classroom. The largest miniature project I have my students participate in is creating model farms that depict the differences between organic and conventional farming. As a class students learn about what rules organic farmers must follow. The class uses USDA resources as well as readings from the CROPP cooperative. At the end of the lesson students must have a model built that compares conventional and organic farming. Think of a farm with a line down the middle that separates the style of farms. The great thing about this lesson is that students see that there are many similarities between the two practices. A great discussion to have with the students is that no matter what the practice of farming, animal husbandry and the safety of the food supply ranks above profit.

In other miniature lenses, using the traditional models of animal skeletons and other things are great hands on practice for students that are helped by the third dimension.

With 8 days left before students arrive at school, miniature best describes my summer.


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