Lesson Plans Adapted For School and Youth Organizations

K-16 Educational Model

Proposal-Partnering STEM-Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Linking K4 -16

Goal: Adapt the Pizz-A-Thon program as a "state of the art" educational platform, as called for in the 1995 Iowa State University "Vision 2020 Program," and retool lessons for STEM NGSS.  Link elementary, middle school, high school, DMACC and Iowa State University, Dept. Ag Ed & Studies to accomplish the goal by "Year 2020."


1. Using the theme "Soil to Slice" following the journey of ingredients through careers in growing, distributing, processing, marketing, preparing and recycling, locate funding, teachers and students to assist in fundraising, program translation to NGSS, and teachers at all levels K-16 to participate in lesson plan design and testing of program initiatives.

2. As business class projects at DMACC Academy for the Ames H.S.-DMACC students in the 2019 winter/spring semester, engage students in marketing, fundraising, updating social media opportunities and locating educator support to assist in the retooling. 


Agriculture, Food & Natural Resource Standards (AFNR) Activities Unit One: Soil –Where it Begins Agriculture is at the heart of the Midwest economy!

Through experimenting, exploring, discovering and creating, kids appreciate the value of topsoil for food production. The force of the raindrop in causing erosion, leading to flooding and pollution is demonstrated "Water Conservation."

Unit Two: Create Your Pizza

Kids research and work as a team to create the best selling pizza for the future.

Kids discover the value of protecting topsoil from erosion.

Unit Three: Market Your Pizza

Individuals learn the value of participating in a team effort to develop a marketing strategy, with pizza and pizzeria names, logos, slogans, mottos, songs, gingles and commercials.  

Unit Four: Prepare For Competition or Demonstration

Teams prepare a 5 minute marketing presentation using visuals in communicating as they prepare to present their "prize pizzas" for judging.


  • Provide judges with sufficient scoring sheets with criteria for all teams.
  • Set up a table for judges to set behind and for samples of pizzas from each presenting team presented during their marketing reports. Once teams complete their judging they may watch the remainder of the competition or have another room designated for them to go to and if so have activities set up in that room so they are not just setting idle.

AWARDS CEREMONY is exciting! T shirts, medallions, ribbons, medals for kids who help generate funds for their projects.

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