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ECHO-Florida Field Trip Resources

Continue the ECHO learning experience in your classroom or home!

Explore these enrichment activities that are designed to engage students and support your curriculum. Each document contains a complete set of student materials, teacher answer keys, and resource links to videos, articles, and books which will further enhance the lessons.

11 Issues in this Publication (Showing issues 900 - 700)

A Pre-Visit Plan -- Please discuss this very important information with your students before you visit. 

Frequently asked questions about ECHO, the farm visit, and safety rules for enjoying the ECHO-Florida Global Farm experience... 

Designing Experiments – Science Level: Middle School

Students will investigate recent field research studies on the ECHO-Florida Global Farm and the ECHO-Asia Regional Impact Center and then design their own experiments. 

Activity 1 

ECHO-Florida initiated a multi-year gliricidia intercropping trial. Researchers are trying to determine if the shade produced by gliricidia trees, spaced six meters apart, will affect the yield of maize and cowpea crops over time. Alternating rows of maize and cowpea were planted. The experimental design included the following: maize and cowpea planted under widely-spaced gliricidia trees, maize and cowpea planted under 30% shade cloth, and maize and cowpea alone.

Activity 2

ECHO-Asia Regional Impact Center would like to set up a study comparing the growth performance of pigs fed with fermented banana stalk silage and pigs fed with commercial pig food as a supplement to their regular forage (farm harvested plants) diet.

Soil Isn’t Dirt! ELA and Social Studies Level: Elementary-Middle School

Students will demonstrate their understanding of ways to improve and conserve soil as they email an ECHO intern in Africa, respond to a quote from the 19th century warning of civilizations’ impact on soil, and investigate the “Dust Bowl” soil disaster in U.S. history.

Sweet Harvest! Math Level: Middle School

Students will convert the annual sugar cane harvest data from weight to liquid measure, calculate the number of containers needed (gallons, quarts, and pints) for sale at a farmers’ market, and form a business plan including the calculation of costs and profits. An extension activity includes designing an experiment to increase sugar cane production next year.

Gone Fishing! Math Level: Middle School

Students will analyze data from the annual Tilapia harvest comparing the pond raised fish to the aquaponics grown fish. Guess what they found?

STEM on the Farm – Level: Elementary-Middle School

After seeing several examples of Appropriate Technology as they toured the Global Farm, students will play a card game to review the technologies, plot the location of each one on a farm map, and then design their own invention to assist small-scale framers.



Where in the world? Social Studies and Art Level: Elementary-Middle School

After researching information, students will design an illustrated travel brochure describing the country where one of the Regional Impact Centers is located, including important facts that a visitor would like to know. Other art activities include posters, illustrations, and dioramas.

Animals on the Farm – Science and ELA Level: Elementary-Middle School

During the ECHO tour, students saw several members of the animal kingdom which play an important role on small-scale farms. After creating a graphic organizer, students will write stories, poems, construct posters, or design illustrated brochures or information sheets describing “How to Raise” their favorite farm animal.

Kids in the Garden – Teacher resource for starting or improving a school garden

This resource includes: how to get started, how to stretch a limited or non-existent budget, what inspired adult gardeners when they were children, and types of gardens from simple to complex. Additional resource links include: videos, articles, and books.