Milk and You

A WebQuest for Grades 2-3, WebQuest Agricultural Series
by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


You probably drink milk everyday. Have you ever thought about where it comes from? We all know that milk comes from a cow, but how does the milk get into the carton you drink at home or at school?
Your task is to investigate how milk travels from the cow to your home or your school. You will create a milk storyboard and a classroom survey of milk drinkers.
Activity 1:   Milk Storyboard: From the Cow to the Carton
1. Read “The Story of Milk” as your teacher reads it aloud.
2. Visit the following websites to create a storyboard that shows how milk gets from the cow to the carton. Your storyboard should contain at least five events. Each box should contain both pictures and words.
How to Create a Storyboard
3. Visit this webpage. Move your mouse around the picture and you will see what it looks like in a barn where cows are being milked.  How often are cows milked?  How many days a year are cows milked?  How many days are there in a year?
Activity 2:   Classroom Milk Survey
1. For four days (Monday-Thursday), keep track of how many cartons of milk  the students in your class drink each day at school. Record how many cartons were white milk and how many were chocolate milk.
2. At the end of the week, put the results in a graph using this website.
3. Answer the following questions about your class: Classroom Survey Results 

As you can see, the milk has to travel a long way from the cow to the carton that you drink at school or at home. Your classroom milk survey showed how many of your classmates enjoy milk every day. Can you imagine how many people in the United States drink milk everyday? Milk is a very important dairy product!




This WebQuest was created by teachers participating in Missouri's Agriculture in the Classroom program at Missouri State University through a USDA grant.  The template on this site was adapted from a template from The WebQuest Page and the original was designed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin.  Assistance for this project was provided by Mrs. Barbara Irwin, M.S. and Mrs. Diane Olson, M.S. Teachers are encouraged to adapt this lesson for classroom use only.  No part of this publication may be transmitted, stored, recorded or published in any form without written permission from Missouri Farm Bureau. This page was developed by Dr. Lyndon Irwin, reviewed by Lyndon and the late Barbara Irwin and is maintained by Missouri Farm Bureau. Please address questions to Diane Olson at Missouri Farm Bureau.