Are You This Cow's Herd? Teacher Resources

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Asombro Institute’s lesson entitled “Are You This Cow’s Herd?”

This lesson increases students’ science literacy and introduces them to NGSS science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts through an agricultural lens. The lesson also aligns with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts.

It is centered around the Sustainable Southwest Beef Project (, a five-year project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Research scientists, education specialists, and extension professionals are working together to research and promote sustainability in raising cattle in the southwest. One research focus is a heritage breed of cattle called Raramuri Criollo (räh-räh-mur-ē krē-ō-yō), upon whose distinct traits this lesson was built.


Download the entire curriculum below.