Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Stan Chu


This paper, Integrating A Farm Study Into A Mixed Age Classroom, explores the impact and benefits of integrating a farm study into a classroom. It reports on the course and the results of how students responded to the farm study over one full school year. In addition, it shows how the integrated farm study could be incorporated into the core academic topics such as reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. In fact, this paper proves how students become more motivated and engaged to learn in the core academic topics through their focus on the farm study. The class that was subject to this study was composed of seven students, in one classroom together, ranging from Kindergarten to Third grade. These students are inhabitants of the Manhattan, New York and have minimal exposure to farm life. The paper suggests that going in depth into learning about a farm and farm stands will create more conscious citizens who have more of an understanding of the world around them, motivate students into learning their core studies, and be more aware of making healthy food choices.


Curriculum and Instruction