Suitable for Years 5-9, this classroom kit combines elements from the English and Social Science learning areas. Your students will create an exhibition of stories of growing up on a farm.

VIPs who were raised on a New Zealand dairy farm have written letters to your students. They share some of the values they learned growing up and their most memorable farming moments. Students will go on and interview people connected to your class, with farming stories of their own to tell. Your students will listen, process, refine and edit the information they uncover and produce an in class exhibition with a twist.

Farmers’ values, memories and locations will be unearthed in this ‘Grass Roots’ kit. Your students will learn all about the impact that growing up on a farm can have on peoples’ lives.

Our kits are always free but they do come with certain time-framed conditions.  Most often you'll be asked to return an image, a flipgrid, a sample of student work or a professional response regarding your learning experience within a certain timeframe.

Conditions are clearly outlined at the point of registration and you'll need to use your own judgement in regards to whether the kit suits you and your students.

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Key information regarding this kit

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  • This kit is all about testing the theory that all New Zealanders have a connection to a farm in one way or another. Is there any truth in this at all? It is time to find out.

  • We have connected your class to 11 VIPs who grew up on a farm. Your students will go on and discover people in your community who had a rural upbringing. Find them, interview them and then share their stories and responses in an exhibition.

  • You can invite one or two of these people into your class for your students to interview as a class ( using the same questions we asked the VIPs), or students could interview people individually.

  • Remember there are lots of ways to connect with people- email, Skype, phone or face-to-face.

  • Invite the people you interviewed and other people from your community to your in- class exhibition.

  • If you have no luck connecting with someone in your community who grew up on a farm then your students can use the letters in the kit to complete the tasks.

  • The Grass Roots kit will contain everything you need to put your in-class exhibition together, including: somewhere for your students to record the responses of the person they interviewed (or the VIPs responses), materials to record the 5 favourite quotes your class decide on, a question card for each student that also contains useful interviewing tips and 11 letters from VIPs that will inspire your class.


  • Q: I am not sure what to do with the information panels.

    A: Your students will need to be encouraged to record the interview in as much detail as possible. It might be worthwhile practising taking notes beforehand. Using Story Corps will also allow students to refer back to the information shared after the interview is over. They will need to summarise and synthesis the responses on the provided panels.

  • Q: I don’t know if my students will have the confidence to conduct an interview.

    A: Like anything, they will feel better if they have had time to try asking people questions before the ‘real thing’. If your students are going to be asking questions over the phone, get them to role play this. Consider how they could record responses while listening- do they need buddy to write things down, have the person on speaker phone?

  • Q: Where can I share our learning?

    A: We know that teachers love to see what everyone else is doing and a great place to share your School Kit learning is on our group Facebook- School Kit Squad page. Post a photo/video of your class exhibition. Share images on social media using #DairyNZ and #schoolkit.

    We have also introduced a new feedback system recently and you will receive an email prompting you to give the kit a rating and respond to two questions and there is a place to upload a photo or two. As we are working on behalf of the sponsors, we need to provide evidence that the kits produced with their funding have been used.

  • Q: Due to unforeseen circumstances, I just can not complete this with my class. What should I do?

    A: It is important that you let us know as soon as possible, by contacting us on We need to work out a solution together.



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