New York Agriculture in the Classroom | April 2021
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Important Dates:

April 30- NYAAC Scholarship Applications Due

May 15- Grow with Us 
Grant Applications Due

June 1- NYAITC Conference Scholarship 
Applications Due

June 28- July 1- National 
Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Grow with Us Grant: Sprouting Inspiration
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to announce that the 2021 Grow with Us grant application is now open. The Grow with Us grant was created to support teachers who are seeking to facilitate experiential learning opportunities using agriculture as the context for learning. 

Teachers who are selected will receive a Tower Garden science bundle which includes three Tower Gardens, dollies, nutrient solution, pH testing and balancing kit, starter seed pack, and grow lights.   

The deadline to submit a grant application is 
May 15, 2021. Find the grant application, eligibility requirements, and to learn more about the Tower Garden system, visit our website.
Scholarships available for the Virtual National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
Do you engage your students through agriculture focused learning opportunities? Maybe you would like to learn how to meet New York State core learning standards by teaching through the lens of agriculture? 

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is offering a scholarship to New York State teachers and select education professionals to virtually attend the 2021 National Agriculture in the Classroom conference: "Fields of Dreams" June 29-Jul 1, 2021.
This 3-day conference provides dynamic professional development and networking opportunities, agricultural experiences, and classroom resources to teachers and education professionals from across the nation. Participants will also receive 15 hours of CTLE credits for participating. 

Scholarship applications are due June 1, 2021. For more information about the scholarship and to apply, visit our website.
New York Animal Agriculture Coalition Scholarship 
The New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) is a not-for-profit farmer founded and funded organization dedicated to helping others understand and appreciate animal agriculture. NYAAC is offering two $500.00 merit based scholarships. This scholarship opportunity is open to New York State residents who will be attending college in the Fall of 2021. Applicants must be majoring in an academic program related to Agriculture Education, Agriculture Communications, Agricultural Business and/or Animal Science. 
Applications are due by April 30, 2021. For more information and to apply for this scholarship visit the NYAAC website
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
A Garden Plot: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
In this lesson students will identify foods grown in a garden, observe various types of seed, and grow their own "milk jug" garden. Students will hear the Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter and learn about produce that is grown in gardens or on farms.
Students will explore how an embryo develops inside of a chicken egg over time, discuss life cycles and other natural cycles, and observe similarities and differences between parents and offspring.
Made to Move
The purpose of this activity is for students to use simple machines to examine the relationships between force and motion. Students will complete a science journal and participate in group activities demonstrating the use of simple machines.
Eggs in the World of Food Choices
Students will learn about geographic, economic, human, and cultural influences on food choices around the world and conduct research to learn about the influences behind an international egg recipe in this lesson
Middle School/ High School Resources
It's a Dirty Job
In this lesson, students will create mini habitats to observe earthworm behavior and learn about the important role that earthworms play in decomposition and plant growth.
In this lesson students learn about water sources, water pollution, and water protection. Students participate in an activity where they demonstrate the water cycle and see the potential for our water supply to become contaminated.
Students evaluate the growth of human populations across time, analyze graphic data to make predictions about future population growth, research country statistics to evaluate demographic transition, and participate in a simulation of a village reliant on subsistence farming. Students begin to develop a sense for the Earth's carrying capacity and how humans have impacted it.
Aeroponic Engineering and Vertical Farming
Students will use the Engineering Design Process to develop and construct an aeroponic garden to grow a food crop. Students will develop and apply an understanding of plant anatomy and physiology related to plant growth and ultimately discuss the possibilities and limitations of using vertical farming to produce our food. This lesson pairs well with the Intelligent Living article about Plenty, an ag-tech startup  in San Francisco. 
April Book Nook
In this story, Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruits and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an abandoned farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten, as she shares a bed with her sisters. But above all Anna wonders what it would be like to be a tree rooted deeply in the earth, watching the seasons come and go, instead of being like a "feather in the wind."
Achoo! Why Pollen Counts
A picture book teaching children about pollen, the pollination process, and bees. The story follows a baby bear who is allergic to pollen. He learns how pollen is used by other insects and animals such as spiders, butterflies, honey bees, hummingbirds, and more. 

This book can be added as an extension for lessons about flowers and pollination to help students see additional benefits and uses of pollen.

Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest
Deep in the granite hills of eastern Arizona in 1880, H.C. Day founded the Lazy B Ranch, where US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her brother Alan spent their youth, a time they recall in this affectionate joint memoir. "We belonged to the Lazy B, and it belonged to each of us," write O'Connor and Day. 

This fascinating glimpse of life in the Southwest in the last century recounts an important time in American history, and provides an enduring portrait of an independent young woman on the brink of becoming one of the most prominent figures in America.
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