My first year here as AITC coordinator is flying by! I have been out and about visiting many different classrooms. So far I have presented on pigs and pumpkins. I just thought I would share with you the number of students I am reaching with these programs.
Over the past three months, I have gone into 25 different classrooms, and seen over 500 students! I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to come and talk to your classes about the many aspects of Agriculture!
Thank you to those of you who are inviting me into your classrooms to help educate our students about the importance of agriculture! For more information on these programs contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Watermelon Month
- Root Vegetables Month
- Poinsettia Day (12)
During the months of December and January I will be offering schools a program on Trees. In this presentation we will look at the different types of trees, their parts, and what materials come from them. We will be playing "Tree Trivia" to help get the students involved!
If your class is interested in this program please contact Danielle at email@example.com or 815-268-4051. Programs can be scheduled for 30-60 minutes and include hands on activities.
National Agriculture Week is held in March, but we are starting to prepare for it already. We are going to start up our National Ag Week Poster Contest for grades 3-12 and a coloring contest for grades K-2 again. Information for this year's contest will be coming out after the holiday break. Watch your e-mail for more information. This contest is open to youth K-12th grade.
Mark your calendars now for the 2014 Summer Agriculture Institute. This four day teacher workshop will be held June 12, 13, 16, 17. (TENTATIVE DATES) The planning of the program is just getting started, but this is one workshop you will NOT want to miss. We will be touring various agribusinesses, hearing from agribusiness people, and learning about how you can incorporate agriculture into your classroom.
CPDUs or grad credits through Aurora University will be offered to those who attend. The Summer Agricultural Institute is open to all teachers, counselors, and administrators. Those who attended previous year's classes are welcome to attend again as the program will be different and feature different tours. You may only take the Grad Credit one time.
Watch the coming newsletters for more information. If you want to be put on the list to receive more information about the Summer Agriculture Institute please send Danielle an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know what kinds of trees are typically used for Christmas trees? What kind of care does a cut tree need? Where did the tradition of a Christmas tree start? University of Illinois Extension has a website called Christmas Trees & More. It can be found at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/trees/. This website has some great things you can use personally and in your classroom. Learn about tree traditions, tree types, and where you can find a tree here. There is a lot more on this website including Christmas Tree Fun, recipes, Christmas tree facts and flowers and greenery section. Check it out today!
Illinois Ag in the Classroom strives to create the most user friendly and relevant information for you to use in your classroom. All of the information that you receive is linked to Illinois Learning Standards and Assessment Frameworks. As Illinois starts to move to the Core Curriculum so will Illinois Ag in the Classroom. Lots of the materials that we use will be conducive to the Core Curriculum. Summer Ag Institute will definitely have more information on how Ag in the Classroom and Core Curriculum work together. We hope to have mAGic kits connected to Core soon.
The 2014 "Women Changing the Face of Agriculture" career fair event is sponsored by the Illinois Agri-Women.
The career fair is open to high school and college age female students with an interest in a career in Agriculture, as well as their teachers, school counselors, or group leaders/advisors. The event will be held March 7th, 2014, at the John Wood Campus in Quincy, IL. They expect around 500 attendees, and over 100 female representatives from numerous agricultural-related businesses and groups to share information, network, and interact with students. Several community colleges and universities will also have representation at the event.
For more information and to register, please see their website at www.womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.
As many of you know, I will be going on maternity leave starting in February. I plan to be out for around two months, so we will have limited availability for programs during the February/ March time span. Our topic for those months will be Horses, and we have created a very fun lesson to use in your classrooms! In my absence, my intern, Danielle Brown, will be available to conduct programs for your school if you are interested in teaching your students about horses! She does have limited availability, but we are more than willing to work around your schedule to be able to provide your classes with this opportunity!I will be returning at the end of March/beginning of April (depending on when baby decides to come) just in time to wrap up the year with our new Horticulture lesson! These are two programs that I am really excited for, and encourage you to sign up for!
Illinois Ag in the Classroom has come out with a new lesson booklet to go with this year's summer reading program. It may seem a little early to be thinking of summer, but the activities in their new booklet offer ways to incorporate agriculture into your classroom in a fun way, and are all aligned to the Common Core!
The title of this new lesson booklet is Claws, Paws, Hooves, Wings & Things...IAITC's Creature Feature of Reading and offers many activities and correlating books about dairy and beef cattle, horses, pigs, and 'winged things'. It can be found at www.agintheclassroom.org under teacher resources, then lesson booklets. Take a look whenever you have time!