New York Agriculture in the Classroom | April 2020
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Important Dates:

May 1- Agricultural Literacy Grants Due

May 7Beef Farm Virtual Field Trip

June 23-26- National AITC Conference 

July 15-  Farm to Fork Educator Training at Miner Center in Chazy, NY

Aug, 18-20- STEM Teacher Experience with Beef
eLearning Resources for Teachers and Parents
New York Agriculture in the Classroom has a new resource for teachers. For the first time, lessons from the National Curriculum Matrix have adapted for a direct student audience. Pop these hands-on lessons directly into your e-learning platform, and watch your Pre-K through 12th grade students make "dirt shakes", germinate seeds in egg shells, and engage in game-based learning through Journey 2050. 

For parents and guardians at home with students, we have provided a dozen activities that require items you already have at home. Food and agriculture can be done anywhere, anytime! 

Visit our new eLearning site, and share out your own ideas using the tag #agbyte!
STEM Teacher Experience with Beef- Apply Now!
Join teachers from across New York State for an expense-paid three-day, two-night experience connecting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with beef and agriculture. 

Touching on every aspect of the industry, teachers will have a chance to experience first-hand animal care, housing, feeding, transportation, cooking in a culinary lab, and more at each farm and site we visit. 

This program will take place from Tuesday, August 18th through Thursday, August 20th in the Finger Lakes Region of New York at no cost to participants, and it's value is over $1,000 per teacher. Learn more and apply here by May 15, 2020. 
Agricultural Literacy Grant Deadline Extended
The Agricultural Literacy Grant was created  to help fund your most creative  ideas to teach through a lens of agriculture, funded up to $1,200. Submit your great idea to enhance your classroom learning and let New York Agriculture in the Classroom support your endeavor to include agriculture as a context for learning.

Grant can include, but are not limited to: funding for farm field trips, purchasing agriculturally accurate books, materials for classroom projects, s tarting a courtyard chicken coop, and expanding your school garden project, and more. 

Grant proposals will be reviewed all at once, and submissions are due on May 1, 2020. Find more information and the application  here
Take a Virtual Field Trip to a New York Beef Farm
Two virtual field trips for elementary classrooms will virtually transport students to a beef farm and share how beef is grown and cared for in New York.  Students will chat directly with a farmer and experts during live Q&A sessions during the trips.  Join us on a tour of O'Mara Farms to learn about the beef lifecycle, cattle care, and environmental stewardship practices on their farm. These trips will be offered on Thursday, May 7 at 9am and 10:30am for grades K-5. 

This will be the same Virtual Field Trip that we hosted in the fall of 2019. If you participated in the Fall 2019 field trip you shouldn't register for this experience. Visit our  website to learn more or  register here
FREE Farm to Fork Educator Training

We are hopeful that a quarantine-free summer is right around the corner! As food, agriculture, and natural resources have been a major topic of conversation and an essential industry as we attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, join us to learn how to use these essential topics as a lens for learning in your classroom. 

Join New York Agriculture in the Classroom at the Miner Center in Chazy, NY on Wednesday, July 15th for a FREE day of professional development. You will leave with 6 hours of CTLE professional development credit, over $75 worth of classroom kits, resources, and books, and a day of experiential learning you won't forget. 

Agricultural Literacy Grant Spotlight
Zach Owen- Andover Central School
"Courtyard Chicken Coop Revitalization Project"

Andover Central School's Environmental Technology class stemmed from the demand of high school students who desired to learn about local and sustainable agriculture. In 2015, the course was formed, and students in the upper level class built Andover's first garden. Since the garden's inception, students have constructed and maintained a small high tunnel, raised beds, and a chicken coop.

Currently, the class is managing a small flock of pastured chickens in the school courtyard. The students and staff involved in the garden strive to diversify their operation and implement different forms of agricultural technology that will increase their efficiency and productivity. Funding from New York Agriculture in the Classroom will help Andover CSD increase the capacity and improve the longevity of their chicken flock operation through the purchase of proper poultry equipment and tools. Several years ago, a school flood destroyed Andover's egg incubator and subsidiary equipment. They will use their grant funds to replace this equipment and also purchase egg handling equipment, electric fencing/chargers, heated waterers, and nest boxes. 

The Agricultural Literacy Grant will allow the Environmental Technology class to increase their weekly egg production from three to five dozen, increase the amount of chickens in the flock from 11 to 16, increase egg-based curricula from 0 to 4 new lessons, and increase learning objectives within the Environmental Technology course. 

Approximately 30 eggs per week are given to the cafeteria to be utilized in their schools' meals. All other harvested vegetables and eggs are available to students, faculty, and staff in the building, as well as the residents in the community. Mr. Owen and his class have developed a small Community Supported Agriculture in order to productively distribute their vegetables and eggs.

Learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Grant and view the other recipients on our  website
Teacher Resources
360 Agriculture- Virtual Reality
Learning from home doesn't mean you have to limit yourself to your four walls. Check out National Agriculture in the Classroom's virtual reality resources and virtual field trips to explore new places right from your phone! You can find out how to get started and all of the options for exploration on the website 
The Geography of Fruit
Fruits are an important part of our daily diets. Dig into the history and geography of where our favorite fruits originated from with this Youtube video. This lesson can pair with the "Freshest Fruits" lesson for a more in-depth learning experience. 
What the World Eats
This interactive graph allows you to see and compare how different countries consume foods and how it has changed over the last 50 years. The graphs can be further broken down by the quantities of food consumed per person or by calories. 
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.
Counting Sheep or People? Census 2020
Students will explore the Census of 2020 by making a connection between shepherds counting their sheep and counting the population of the United States in this lesson

Flower Power
In this lesson, students will observe physical characteristics of flowers and explore principles of pollination.

Students will explore how dominant and recessive traits are expressed and learn how knowledge of heredity is important to agriculture in this lesson
Middle School/ High School Resources
In this lesson, students will explore the path food takes along the Farm-to-Table Continuum. They will begin on the farm and investigate food safety issues during processing, transportation, at restaurants and supermarkets, and finally, in their own homes. Teams will identify how food can become contaminated along the continuum and develop and present strategies for preventing contamination at each step.
Crossed Up!
Students will discover that some items in their own kitchens may be contaminated by bacteria. They will be challenged to hypothesize about where bacteria might be found in kitchens and which items might have the most and the least bacteria. Students will develop awareness that bacteria can spread from surfaces to hands, and even to food, and will hypothesize how to control the spread of bacteria in this lesson
Herbs and Spices of the World
In this lesson students will recognize the difference between a spice and herb, learn how herbs and spices are grown on farms around the world, and participate in a culinary challenge to season popcorn for various cultural cuisines.
This lesson introduces the importance of bumble bees and other pollinators. Using a case study approach, students will examine bumble bee population surveys and use the scientific method to discuss possible causes for the decline of pollinators. Students will then determine which land management conservation strategies in agricultural ecosystems are most successful in attracting and supporting bumble bee populations.
April Book Nook
Many seeds travel inside fruits. The fruit is like a suitcase for the seeds. It protects them on their trip. Readers will learn how fruits are designed to protect a plant's seeds and also to help the plant spread its seeds to new places in this book
All in Just One Cookie
This book takes students on a world-wide exploration to find the source of each of the ingredients used to make chocolate chip cookies. "Visit" a dairy farm for the milk to make butter, Madagascar to find vanilla beans, and even a mine for baking soda and salt.
You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Dirt!
Without dirt, or soil, life would have developed differently and we humans probably wouldn't be here at all. Soil supplies a surprising variety of raw materials for making things and provides the foundation for growing the plants that feed us. This book is full of information about the ways soil has been used by humans over the centuries. Each spread highlights a different topic, including types of soil, life in the soil, growing plants, soil erosion, and protecting soil resources for the future. Many sections also include suggestions for activities that can be used to further explore soil in the classroom.
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