MODERN FARMING MATH: Because many of the "quick facts" include
statistics related to modern farming, introduce the Quick
Facts page by creating a math matching/estimation activity. For
example, the following facts were copied from the Quick Facts page with
the corresponding statistics listed below. Students should work in pairs,
record their "estimate" and go to the Quick Facts page to
compare their answer with the fact.
_________ percent of Iowa's land is devoted to agriculture.
About _____ percent of the US agriculture exports come from Iowa.
Approximately ___________ acres of corn were harvested in Iowa in
Iowa's average rainfall is _______ inches per year.
The number of Iowa farms is steadily declining. In 1998 there were
________ farms in Iowa. In 2000, there were _______ farms.
Approximately ________ acres of soybeans were harvested in Iowa in
Iowa's ____ most important agricultural products are corn, soybeans,
cattle, hogs and dairy products.
In 1999 Iowa produced ___________ pounds of honey.
In 1998, Iowa packing plants produced _________ pounds of meat.