Sheep Shearing   March – April

Farms produce food and fiber. Watch up close as our farmer hand shears one of our sheep.  Learn how the sheep are cared for as you visit the flock and meet the lambs. Discover the many uses for wool products on a 1900 family farm while you card fleece, then try your hand at spinning yarn and weave a souvenir to take homeWhat is sap and why is it in the tree? 

Program Objectives:

Students learn that farms produce fiber as well as food in order to understand:

  •  That animals and people are interdependent 
  • How wool is turned into yarn and other products
  •  Why wool is uniquely suited for textiles 
  •  How farmers care for the sheep
  • How lambs interact with their mothers and the rest of the herds 

Essential Questions:

  • How does the farmer get wool from a sheep?
  •  Why do people spin wool and not other farm animal fur?
  •  What happens to the wool after shearing?
  •  How do you spin wool into yarn?
  •  What things can you make with wool?
STEM Standards

Next Generation Science Standards: LS1.A Structure and Function LS1.B Growth and Development of Organisms LS2.D Social Interactions and Group Behavior LS3 Inheritance and Variation of Traits PS3.C Relationship Between Energy and Forces NJ Science Standards: 5.1A Understand Scientific Explanations 5.1B Generate Scientific Evidence Through Active Investigations 5.3A Organization and Development 5.3C Interdependence 5.3D Heredity NJ Social Studies Standards: 6.1B Geography, People and the Environment 6.1C Economics, Innovation and Technology 6.1D History, Culture and Perspectiv

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