Language Arts, Reading, Science, Life Science, Social Studies
Grade 1- 3
Students will learn about producers and consumers. They will also learn about how products become available to consumers.
Producer to Consumer Facts
- A producer is someone who grows or makes something to be sold.
- A farmer is a producer.
- A consumer is someone who buys goods.
- Goods are something that have been produced (food, clothing, toys, etc.).
- A factory is a place where workers process resources into goods.
- Factories have special machines to process "goods."
- Factories sell goods to markets or stores.
- Trucks transport goods from the factory to the markets and stores.
- People shop at the market or stores to buy "goods" they need.
Producer to Consumer Fun Activities
- Visit a farm and find out what is produced there.
- Tour a factory. Learn about what they make and where it goes.
- Go on a scavenger hunt at a local store and identify products made from milk.
- Have a tasting party of dairy foods. Be sure to include things like cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.
- Graph your favorite milk products.
- Use the pattern activity sheets to make a cow mobile.
- copies of the little book entitled Producer to Consumer (see the activity page link below)
- copies of the little book entitled Producer to Consumer: Trees (see the activity page link below)
- copies of the patterns for the cow (see the activity page link below)
- white construction paper
- 4-12 inch pieces of yarn for each student
- Gibbons, Gail. The Milk Makers. Aladdin Paperbacks, 1987.
- Kalman, Bobbie. Hurray for Dairy Farming! Crabtree Publishing, 1997.
- Peterson, Cris. Extra Cheese, Please!: Mozzarella's Journey from Cow to Pizza. Boyds Mills, 1994.
- Sloat, Teri. Farmer Brown Sheers His Sheep. DK Publishing, 2000.