Milk: From Farm to Table
The Journey of Milk: From Farm to Table is a short educational DVD that focuses on teaching children in grades 3-5 where milk comes from and how it’s made. Engaging teens and dairy farm family narrators take students on a journey through the steps, called “stops,” of milk-making, beginning with natural resources like sun and soil that help to nourish and feed the cows, into the milking parlor where cows are milked, through the processing, bottling and distribution of milk; and finally to the point where nutritious milk is most often consumed – the table!
The majority of the DVD was filmed at Elder Creek Dairy in Springport, Michigan. The DVD features both first and second generation dairy farmers, as well as some of their extended family, a tanker truck driver, a veterinarian, a milk processor and a registered dietitian. The DVD moves along quickly thanks to lively music, surprising sounds and animations, and digital Fast Facts that fly across the screen to reinforce key concepts students are learning in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.
Formative evaluation and a review of the DVD script was conducted by Michigan elementary school teachers and provided information on what makes an engaging DVD for students, and how best to structure the DVD so that it aligns with the current State Grade Level Content Expectations for Science and Social Studies, as well as the upcoming new standards in these two subject areas, that are slated to be released and implemented in the next few years.
Support activity materials for The Journey of Milk DVD that are now available below for PDF viewing/download:
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