What Brand Are You?
- Grade Level:
- Third Grade-Fifth Grade
- Agriculture, Art, Commerce and Industry, History, Law
- Two 45 minute class periods
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- National/State Standards:
- Montana Standards: Arts 1,4,&5
Communication Arts 1&4
OverviewIn this lesson, students will be exposed to various livestock brands. They will learn how to read brands, what the significance is and create their own brands.
Students will acquire basic knowledge of the significance of branding Students will recognize basic brand styles. Students will learn and summarize the steps in the branding process. Students will create their own brand.
Examples of varied brands from http://www.cowboyshowcase.com/brands.htm
Projector and computer linked to the Internet, SMART BOARD.
Teacher-created handout of branding procedures and examples of brands.
Drawing paper and colored pencils for sketching their brand.
Day 1 The teacher will read "Life on a Cattle Farm" by Judy Wolfman for the introduction of cattle branding. After reading the teacher will provide a lesson on reading a brand. The teacher will guide the students through the steps ranchers go through to brand their livestock. At Grant-Kohrs Ranch the procedure is followed as stated below: 1. Calves are separated from their mothers to complete this process. 2. Calves are guided into the chute. 3. Calves are secured to a calf table to be inoculated and then branded. 4. The brand is applied with a branding iron that has been heated on a wood fire.When the smoke changes from yellow to white the branding is completed. 5. The calf is released to return to their mother. If possible the teacher can provide pictures of calving chutes and branding irons to help students visualize this procedure.
Day 2 The class will review the importance of branding and the steps involved in the process. Students will create their own brand to be displayed in the classroom. Their brand should be a reflection of their name or interests. Students will illustrate their brand and then orally present it to the class. The presentation will include the significance of their brand.
Grant-Kohrs Web Site
Ranchers in the area.
State Livestock Agencies
VocabularyBrand – Permenant mark used on livestock to show ownership
Brand Language – The language used to identify the symbols used for various brands. The ability to read the symbols is “callin’ the brand.”
Hot Iron Branding – A branding iron is heated by wood fire, propane, or electric branding irons.
Freeze Branding – Uses extreme cold to brand.