Students will be able to identify and understand that a cow has four compartments in its stomach that help it digest food. Each compartment plays a different role in the digestion of food. The essential nutrients from their digested food are absorbed into the cow’s bloodstream. Some of these nutrients enter the udder where they are then processed into milk.


F.I.T. Family books to read at home with parents and younger siblings

  • Moo by Matthew Van Fleet
  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Kiss the Cow! by Phyllis Root
  • Allison Investigates: Does Chocolate Milk come from Brown Cows? By Colette Omans Nicoletta
  • Bones by Steven Jenkins




Aliki. (1974). Milk: From Cow to Carton New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Butterworth, C. (2011). Illustrated by L. Gaggiotti. How Did that Get in my Lunchbox? The Story of Food. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Ericsson, J. (1998). Illustrated by O. Eitan. No Milk! New York: Mulberry Books.

Gibbons, G. (1985). The Milk Makers. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Kalman, B., Langille, J. (2005). What are Food Chains and Webs? (Science of Living Things). New York: Crabtree Publishing Company.

Jenkins, S. (2010). Bones: Skeletons and How They Work. New York: Scholastic Press.

McKinney, B.S. (1999). Illustrated by C. Wallace. Pass the Energy, Please! Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.

Nicoletta, C.O. (2011). Allison Investigates: Does Chocolate Milk Come From Brown Cows? Edina, MN: Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc.

Older, Jules. (1997). Illustrated by L. Severance. Cow. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.

Showers, P. (1970). Illustrated by E. Miller. What Happens to a Hamburger? New York: HarperCollinsPublishers.

Simon, S. (1998). Bones: Our Skeletal System. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Wheat, V. (2013). Illustrated by G. Clarke. The Kid Who Loved Mac & Cheese. Victoria, BC, Canada: FriesenPress.

Yunk, D (2007). Milk Comes From A Cow? Manhattan, KS: Kansas Farm Bureau.


D’Amico, J., Drummond, K.E. (1999). The Healthy Body Cookbook. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

English, A. (2011). Home Dairy with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Cheese, Yogurt, Butter & More. New York: Lark Crafts.

Instructables.com. (2014). The Joys of Almond Milk: Delicious Recipes for the Dairy Free. New York: Skyhorse Publishing.

Loomis, S.H. (2010). Nuts in the Kitchen. New York: William Morrow Cookbooks.

Shurtleff, W., Aoyagi, A. (2001). Tofu & Soymilk Production: A Craft and Technical Manual. Lafayette, CA: Soyfoods Center.


Kessler, D. (2013). Your Food is Fooling You: How Your Brain is Hijacked by Sugar, Fat, and Salt. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Kingsolver, B. (2007). Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. New York: Harper Perennial.

Lehr, S. (1991). The Child’s Sense of Developing Theme: Responses to Literature. New York: Teachers College Press.

Louv, R. (2008). Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Obama, M. (2012). American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York: Crown.

Pappas, C., Kiefer, B., and Levstik, L. (1999). An Integrated Language Perspective in the Elementary School: An Action Approach, Third Edition. New York: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

Pollan, M. (2009). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition. New York: Dial Books.