Learning From Geese - K-12 Agriculture Literacy Program | Pizz-A-Thon

Learning From Geese

Insert picture hereGeese Flying in "V" Formation is a Good Example Demonstrating Teamwork!

It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following.  By flying in a "V' formation, the whole flock adds at least 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. (Kids who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another).

When the lead goose is tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it! 

The Pizz-A-Thon, a cooperative learning program, demonstrating the importance of teamwork!!

Case Studies

Learning through " real world case studies" are great team exercises for kids involved in the Pizz-A-Thon. This learning activity gets students personally involved in analysis, insight and decision making.


As kids experiment to discover the value of protecting our soil and water resources, a good case study in Iowa is related to the following issue. An urban community is suing a drainage district (composed of farmers upstream) who are contributing to excess nitrate runoff water, which increases the cost of water purification. There are management techniques available to farmers to reduce the amount of nitrates washing off their land but there is a cost leading to reduced profits. There are also benefits.

Kids: "How can the goose "V" formation translate into community teamwork to solve this problem of water quality and improve quality of living?"

How can this problem be addressed, so city dwellers and farmers work together to transform a problem into a community showcase?


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