MANHATTAN, Kan. - Oct. 23, 2012 - The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is pleased to announce the release of Exploring Plants: Kansas Crops Educator's Guide, now available to all teachers and educators in the state.
The new resource covers many topics on Kansas agriculture, including Kansas' climate, precipitation, soils and growing seasons. The unit on plant growth and development showcases photosynthesis and pollination, the roles of individual plant parts, what plants need to be healthy and how new plants are developed. Other units cover the food, feed, fiber, fuel and consumer uses of plants, along with the history and use of machines and technologies related to plants. A unit on agriculture's heroes highlights men and women - most with a Kansas connection - who have made a difference in agriculture.
"We are so excited to provide this high quality educational resource to teachers in our state," says Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director. "The information is designed to provide factual, research-based information to teachers as they prepare to incorporate agriculture into their existing curriculum. Lesson plans that link to this resource are available to teachers on our KFAC website at www.ksagclassroom.org under classroom resources." Specialty crops - apples, Christmas trees, potatoes, pinto beans and pumpkins - are also featured in online lesson plans and videos.
The new educator's guide is available to all Kansas teachers for a minimal charge to cover shipping costs. For ordering information, contact KFAC at 785-532-7946 or visit KFAC's website at www.ksagclassroom.org.
Financial support for the educator's guide was provided by KFAC donors, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Kansas, CHS Foundation, Kansas Corn Commission, Kansas Farm Bureau, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, Kansas Soybean Commission, Kansas Wheat Commission, and a USDA Specialty Crop Grant administered by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation that provides educational resources for Kansas teachers to help students connect Kansas agriculture to their own lives while meeting curriculum goals.