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Connie Niemann
Program Coordinator, Agricultural Literacy
University of Illinois Extension
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
cniemann@illinois.edu

Macoupin County Ag Literacy

Macoupin County Ag Literacy

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Illinois mAGic Kit

Abracadabra! Alohomora! Open the doors of active discovery and watch your students explore Illinois. The curriculum in the ILLINOIS mAGic kit is multidisciplinary, all inclusive, and designed to highlight every geographic region of Illinois and bring Illinois agriculture to life in your classroom.

This kit provides hands-on experiences for students as they map their route through Illinois, all the while, stopping at locations taking them from stockyards to skyscrapers, looking into the land of the livestock and trading futures on the Chicago Board of Trade. The Illinois kit allows students to see the 7 Wonders of Illinois, watch prairie plants adapt right before their eyes and tour Illinois Indian cultures.

As the prairie state unfolds in these lessons, students will experience the Lincoln Douglas debates, investigate Illinois sites, meet famous Illinoisans, stop at McDonald's for a bite of history, and discover all the great things that come from Illinois. Navigating Illinois waterways will allow the students to see just how diverse our state is, with Amish settlements and coal mines throughout the state. Yet the wealth of our state is found in its' soil.

Students will measure and learn to treasure Illinois trees and discover how Illinois products are processed. This kit provides lessons that move Illinois plant products throughout the state, unveil the history of Illinois agriculture, dig into the research of Illinois inventors and add up the money Illinois agriculture funnels into our economy. Students will solve logic puzzles, dive into history and explore some of our Illinois' greatest attributes.

This kit offers engaging lessons and addresses Illinois learning standards in math, science, English language arts and social studies. The kit lessons include exercises in:

  • Mapping
  • Graphing
  • Sequencing
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Experimentation
  • Research
  • And much more...

Sim Sala Bim! Engage he, her or him . . . with . . . Multidisciplinary Agricultural Integrated Curriculum. Hocus Pocus! Watch them focus!

To check out this kit, contact Connie at the Macoupin County Agricultural Literacy Program (217)854-9604 or by e-mail cniemann@illinois.edu.