Online Lessons & Activities
The educational activities on our website complement the environmental education courses taught at Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center (HBF), while incorporating science, reading and math. Please use them to help prepare your students for their trip to HBF.
We have organized the lessons by topics that are universal and of value to teachers and students everywhere. We’ve also provided Learning Standards and Alignments for local school systems.
|Classified Information: Students learn the basic concepts of classification by sorting imaginary creatures to create an identification key in “Creature Feature”, then, move on to using a key to classify and identify some of the local species of fish here at Hard Bargain Farm in “Fishin’ for a Name”. Recommended as a preparation or follow-up activity for Bird Watching, Fish Adaptation, Habitat Hike, and Up A Creek courses at Hard Bargain Farm.||Cow In and Out Game: In this fun and informative activity, students learn the “ins” and “outs” of cattle. The “Cow In and Out Game” requires students to decide what goes into the cows, and what comes from them by sorting a variety of items. Recommended as a preparation activity for any of the agriculture courses offered at Hard Bargain Farm, especially for younger students.|
|“Let’s Take a Dip” is a virtual dip netting activity. Students get to “virtually” catch the kinds of organisms they might find when they really dip net here at Hard Bargain Farm. Students will make predictions, collect, organize and compare data and practice the principles of the scientific method. Recommended as a preparation or follow-up activity for Habitat Hike, and Up A Creek courses at Hard Bargain Farm.||Take Out the Trash helps students learn how to Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in order to become better environmental stewards. Activities include packing a “Trash Free Lunch” online, comparing and ranking lunches, “Trash Sorting”, and analyzing their lunch trash data collected during the field trip. Recommended as a preparation activity for any of the courses offered at Hard Bargain Farm.|
|Ways of a Watershed: What in the world are watersheds? This interactive online lesson defines what a watershed is, and follows a single raindrop on its journey from the sky to the ocean. Recommended as a preparation activity for any of the courses offered at Hard Bargain Farm, especially Habitat Hike, Down to Earth and River’s In Action.||Water Cycle: Water on the Move allows students to explore the water cycle through a series of interactive lessons. Recommended as a preparation activity for any of the courses offered at Hard Bargain Farm, especially Rivers in Action and Down to Earth.|