Teaching Materials

What's In A Slice?

Pizza!  It's one of America's favorite foods...in fact, according to USDA's about 1 in 8 Americans eats pizza on any given day.  Even more interesting?  Americans eat more than 350 slices each second...which adds up to 100 acres of pizza a day! (One acre is equal to about the size of a football field).  But did you know you can't have pizza with agriculture?

It's true, from the crust, to the sauce, cheese and toppings, pizza comes from ag! 
  1. Crust - is made from wheat, which is grown in 42 states in the United States. 
  2. Sauce - is made from tomatoes, which is the most popular vegetable in the U.S. 
  3. Cheese - is made from milk.  While most cheese found on pizza come from cow milk, cheese can also be made from sheep and goat milk among others.
  4. Toppings - sausage and bacon come from pigs, pepperoni can be made from pork (pigs) and/or beef (cows), and there are lots of different vegetable topping options!

Want to incorporate pizza into a lesson plan?  Ag in the Classroom and Michigan State University both have great Pizza lesson plans!

Ag in the Classroom's Pizza Time - https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/lessonplan.cfm?lpid=228 
Ag in the Classroom's The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza (companion resource) - https://www.agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix/resources.cfm?rid=606
Michigan State University's Farm to Pizza Lesson - https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/farm_to_pizza_lesson_plan

And check out this infographic!  Feel free to download and use.  You can download a high quality PDF by clicking on the picture!

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Thursday, February 07, 2019