Are you considering attending the Summer Agricultural Institute? If not, you should be. I already have 10 teachers signed up for this year!! Why should you come? These four days are packed full of ideas, lessons, and resources you can use in your classroom. Every grade level and every subject area can get something out of it. We also have a ton of fun while learning. Just ask any of the 31 teachers who have attended one.
This is a four day (8:30-4) workshop that begins each day in Onarga at the Extension office. One of four days will be out touring various agribusinesses & farms. The other three days will be full of speakers, hands on learning, panel discussions, idea sharing, resource exploration, nearby field trips & more.
The base cost is $100. Those wanting college credit will pay $200 more. This cost includes many free resources, lunch, and other materials. The Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau is giving a noncompetitive scholarship in the amount of $50 to each teacher who fills out the form and completes the class. This scholarship is reimbursed after the class.
If you would like to talk more about this and if it would benefit you I would be happy to talk to you. If you would like to talk to one of the teachers who have attended I can provide you with a contact or two. We have had teacher from many of our local school districts attend the last couple of year. I hope to see you in June!!
-National Garden Month
-Soy Foods Month
-National Pecan Month
-National Volunteer Week (15-21)
-National Farm Animals Day (10)
-Earth Day (22)
-Arbor Day (27)
Who: All teachers/administrators
What: Ford-Iroquois Summer Ag Institute
When: June 11-14
Where: The Ford-Iroquois Extension office will be our main location but we will travel around for some agriculture tours including Sleepy Creek Winery, Rossville Farmers Market, Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and more!
Why: To learn and have fun!
Cost: Cost to attend is $100. Scholarships will be available.
Approximately 24 CPDUs will be available. Grad Credits (2) will also be available through Aurora University at an additional cost of $100 per credit hour.
**Registration forms were sent with the March newsletter. If you need one let me know.
*** If any school has a bus that we can use/rent for 1 day please let Aimee know.
University of Illinois Extension has a Helping Children Succeed in School website. The site offers parents and caregivers practical steps to help children be successful in school and have good studying skills. In addition, it suggests ways for parents to communicate effectively with teachers and school personnel. You can visit the website at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/succeed
FOODPLAY, a national award-winning theater show, will be presented at 40 select schools throughout Illinois, using the power of live theater to turn kids on to healthy eating and exercise habits — thanks to sponsorship by the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA). FOODPLAY will be bringing its cast of colorful performers, amazing feats of juggling, motivating messages, music, magic, and audience participation to GCMS Elementary on April 5, Clara Peterson on April 16, and Cissna Park Elementary and Milford Grade School on April 17.
Illinois soybean farmers with their soybean checkoff have partnered with FoodPlay Productions again this year to bring the gift of FOODPLAY to schools during April, National Soyfoods Month. In response to the nation's alarming childhood obesity epidemic, the Celebrating Soy!—FOODPLAY tour will reach up to 17,000 children and their families with essential nutrition and health information to help Illinois families take charge of growing up healthy and fit.
"April is 'National Soyfoods Month' and our partnership with FOODPLAY is helping get a great message out to thousands of students throughout Illinois," said Ron Moore, chairman of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and soybean grower from Roseville, IL. "FOODPLAY is effective in reaching children with important nutrition information, including the importance of healthy proteins like the ones found in the soybeans growing throughout Illinois."
Many teachers are familiar with the Ag Mags that At in the Classroom provides free of charge. Some of the Ag Mags have been getting a new look. They will still be available in print, but now some of them are interactive when you view them on the web. Currently the apple, corn, dairy, livestock, pork, soil, and tree Ag Mags are interactive. To view the interactive Ag Mags go to www.agintheclassroom.org and look under the Teacher Resources Section. If you need hard copies of any of the Ag Mags let me know by e-mail. They are still free of charge.
Did you attend the recent Kindergarten Conference or the Illinois Reading Conference? If so you might have seen the folks from Illinois Ag in the Classroom. They traveled to these two conferences sharing what is new for teachers from IAITC. They conducted presentations and had several booth activities. Some of these will be presented at the Summer Ag Institute this fall. If you didn't attend this year make plans for next year. I am sure they will return!
The Illinois Ag in the Classroom Grant forms are now available. These grants are open to teachers who want to incorporate agriculture in their classroom. Several have used these funds to create units in their classrooms, add books to their library, and more. The applications are not due until October, but now is the time to start thinking about what you would like to do if you had the extra money. Grants are worth $250. In addition to the general grants there are special grants for first year teachers and special book grants. For the grant application and judging criteria visit www.agintheclassroom.org under teacher resources and grants.
Don't forget about the ready to use Smart Board lessons that are available on the Illinois Ag in the Classroom website. There are currently lessons on Agriculture and Money; Apples; Change for a Dollar; Commodity Cash Crash; Horses; Pumpkins; Sweet Traits (DNA), Tassel to Table (Corn) and Very Hungry Illinois Caterpillar (this one will be used in the April/May presentations for schools).
To access these lessons visit www.agintheclassroom.org under teacher resources and SMART Lessons.