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

June 11- Live Virtual Tour of New York and Iowa Beef Farms

June 17- National Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award Winner Recognition on Facebook Live for Jeremiah Best

July 21- On The Farm STEM Experience: High School Genetics & Heredity

July 23On The Farm STEM Experience: Middle School Ecosystem Dynamics & Interactions

June 24-25- Virtual National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference 

March 15-19- Agricultural Literacy Week 2021
Announcing the 2021 Agricultural Literacy Week Book
New York Agriculture in the Classroom is pleased to share that "Chuck's Ice Cream Wish (Tales Of The Dairy Godmother)" by Viola Butler has been selected as the 2021 Agricultural Literacy Week book!

This story follows Chuck, who despises chores but loves ice cream. When Chuck wishes for endless ice cream, his Dairy Godmother whisks him away on a memorable and delicious adventure through all the process that take place to make it. He finds out exactly where ice cream comes from and gains an even deeper love and appreciation for his favorite food. 
Agricultural Literacy week will take place  March 15-19, 2021. Find out more information on our  website
Facebook Live Celebration of Jeremiah Best, National Award Winner
New York has some awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching through agriculture. Each year one of those outstanding teachers is recognized as New York Agriculture in the Classroom's Teacher of the Year.  This year's Teacher of the Year, Jeremiah Best from Town of Webb UFSD in Old Forge, was also recognized on the national level. Best was one of eight teachers awarded the NAITC  National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. 

Jeremiah's recognition for this prestigious award will take place on Facebook Live on Wednesday, June 17 at 10am. We are so proud of Jeremiah's accomplishments and hope you will tune in to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Facebook page to celebrate with us!
National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Goes Virtual!
Due to the COVID-19-pandemic, National Agriculture in the Classroom has moved its conference 'Agriculture Elevated', that was to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, to a virtual platform. The organization and its sponsors want to offer teachers and volunteer educators a chance to receive agricultural literacy professional development training this summer. The 2020 virtual conference is scheduled for June 24-25.  
Participants can enjoy the online workshops free of charge from the comfort of their home. The sessions are open to anyone interested in PreK-12th grade agricultural literacy. The virtual conference will offer twelve one hour workshops. On June 24th, there will be six workshops geared towards elementary levels with the 25th offering six workshops geared towards the secondary levels. Workshops will focus on blending classroom instruction in STEM and the core content areas  with food and fiber agricultural principals.

For more information and to register for this free conference, visit  National Agriculture in the Classroom.
LIVE Virtual Tour to Feature New York & Iowa Beef Farms: Thursday, June 11th at 11 am
Join the New York and Iowa Beef Industry Councils  on a LIVE virtual tour of two of their state's beef farms. Participants will join Betsy Hicks at Maple Acres in McGraw, New York, and Nate Graham at Graham Feedlot in Cherokee County, Iowa. Following the tour, a LIVE question and answer session will be offered.

Maple Acres is a seventh generation registered cow/calf beef farm that has been in the Hicks family since 1809. Trip attendees will learn how the Hicks Family use technology and science to enhance their farm operations. 

Graham Feedlots is a fourth generation family farm in northwest Iowa. The Grahams' raise crops, maintain a feedlot, and graze commercial beef cows. Nate farms alongside his dad. They take great pride in sharing the value of hard work, a passion for caring for livestock, and being good stewards of their land. Nate will share the symbiotic relationship between row crops and cattle, especially as it relates to the feedlots. He will provide an inside look at the science and best management practices implemented to care for the cattle each day. 
This virtual trip will provide a unique opportunity for attendees to follow the beef cow  life-cycle  and explore the diversity and breadth of the beef industry. Please click  here  for details and registration for this event. 
Phenomena Found in Agriculture- Free Livestreaming Events
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presents the On The Farm STEM Experience. These FREE events on  July 21 and  July 23 will provide participants with an introduction to the storyline pedagogy while connecting educators with geneticists, animal scientists, ecologists and more! Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), each event provides immediate classroom applications and access to agricultural storylines.  As a result of these events, participants will be better equipped to navigate the shifts in practice laid out in NGSS. Each event will be  an opportunity to explore three-dimensional  instruction and reflect on instructional shifts with  the support of instructional units steeped in real- world context. New York teachers can receive CTLE credit for participation. Please visit the On the Farm STEM website for more information and to register. 
Teacher Resources
Countdown to Hatch
Build suspense and get a sneak peek at embryo development inside a fertile egg with this colorful embryology kit. The kit contains 21 plastic eggs. Inside of each egg is a laminated picture and detailed developmental description of the chick growing inside. One egg should be opened on each day of the 21-day chick hatching cycle to give students an exciting look at the mysterious process that happens inside the egg. This kit can be used on its own but also makes a great complement to a classroom hatching project. Find this kit here
Fascinating Farms Around the World
Take an interactive journey to 16 farms worldwide. These are not your ordinary farms with cattle, sheep, hay, or grain. These farms produce specialty crops such as salmon, tulips, alligators, wind, mussels, coffee, leeches, lavender, yaks, seaweed, ostriches, rice, sunflowers, salt, ostriches, solar power, and alpacas. This journey would be an excellent supplement for elementary geography and agriculture lessons to teach students about less common types of farms.
How To Read Food Labels, From Free-Range To Fair Trade
Check out this NPR Podcast discussing the meaning and value of food labels with five take-away points for students to explore.
Elementary Resources
Animal or Plant?
Students will learn about the sources of different foods by differentiating between foods originating from plants and foods originating from animals in this lesson
Who Grew My Soup?
Students will identify the source of the food they eat and investigate the processes and people involved in getting food from the farm to their spoon. This lesson is best for students in K-2. If you don't have a copy of the book that pairs with this lesson, you can listen to the author read it virtually here
Food Miles
Did you know if all the agricultural land in New York State were devoted to feeding New York City's population, there would be only enough food to feed half the city-with nothing left for the rest of the state. In this lesson, students will explore the economic and environmental benefits of buying locally grown food.

In this lesson students will learn about the growth and production of citrus fruits and participate in an activity where they use skills of observation and mathematical computation to compare and contrast grapefruits and lemons.
Middle School/ High School Resources
A couple of generations ago the majority of the food we consumed was provided by our own gardens and farms or from local farmers. During these times, most consumers played some part in the production of their food. In contrast, only a very small portion of our population produces the food we all consume today. In this lesson, students will discover how geography and climate influence the crops that are grown and the livestock that is raised in each state. This lesson is available for grades 6-8 and for grades 9-12
Crop Case Files: Dichotomous Keys
Students will explore the connection between weeds and ecosystem stability, practice observing characteristics by using and creating a dichotomous key, and research and present information on noxious weeds in this lesson
MyPlate, MyState, MyWin
Students will explore the carbon cycle and evaluate the carbon footprint of beef cattle in this lesson. Using critical thinking skills, students will use the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning model to determine the effect of cow methane production on the environment and investigate the extent cattle contribute to climate change.
Discover some of the science involved in the production of food, explore careers in the area of food science, and develop an ice cream that represents your school. Find the full lesson on the  middle school eLesson site.
Source Search eLesson
One of the foundational concepts of agricultural literacy, science, and social studies is to know the source of our day-to-day necessities. Teach these concepts through distance learning using the Source Search eLesson  along with the  Kahoot  or  Quizziz .
In this lesson, students will apply a basic understanding of the laws of supply and demand, learn about different types of egg laying farms, and recognize the impact labeling has on consumer choices.
June Book Nook
Big Yellow Sunflower
This title unfolds each stage in the life cycle of a sunflower, from seed to seedling, to fully grown plant. It features a seed shaped cover and petal-like pages that open one by one to create a big sunflower and includes information on how to grow sunflowers at home.

A Home Run for Peanuts
Meet Jake and his loyal farm dog, Max. They live on a Georgia peanut farm and are excited to show you around. Grab a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and explore the farm through the changing seasons. Along the way, you will discover how farmers take care of their farm machinery, plant seeds, tend the crops, harvest the peanuts, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Plus, you'll see how Jake applies lessons learned on the farm into other areas of his life-studying for tests at school, overcoming obstacles, and practicing baseball in this book
A Year on the Farm: with Casey & Friends
A Year on the Farm  introduces children to the world of modern farming by introducing readers to large tractors, combines, and other equipment used through the farming season. Children will learn how tasks vary from season to season and how machines make farm work easier and more efficient. This text can be used as a companion to lessons about machines or teaching about seasons. 
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