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

May 7Beef Farm Virtual Field Trip

May 15- STEM Teacher Experience with Beef Applications Due 

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. 
Outstanding in their Field  Podcast 
New York Agriculture in the Classroom has launched a new podcast! Listen to Outstanding in their Field, a podcast that celebrates the people who grow food and those who teach about it wherever you listen to your podcasts. 
The most recently released episodes feature urban agriculture in New York and berries, vegetables, and school gardens in New York.  Check it out!
Agricultural Literacy Grant Spotlight
Ross Munson- Wellsville Central School
"From Seed to Seed: Sustainable Food in the Classroom"

Students in Mr. Munson's Living Environment course are going to embark on a new in-class hands on experiment. They will grow several plants, such as arugula and cilantro, and maintain them through their entire life cycle such that the students can harvest seeds from the crop and grow the next generation. Mr. Munson want his students to be able to see how food is propagated and how it could be made in a sustainable way.  Students will be able to see firsthand how they can eat the food they grow and how they can grow the next crop with it as well. In addition to food systems education, the Living Environment classes will implement experiments that allow students to see how various environmental factors effect growing rates. They will create hypotheses, record data, and see impacts of various pH levels, temperature, and light on vegetables.  This aspect of the project will allow students to stay continuously engaged in maintaining the plants and will necessitate the availability of various monitoring using probes.
This project is intended to be a continuous year-long project for students in Munson's Living Environment class. The timeline that a plant such as arugula takes to germinate and flower is approximately 45 days. Mr. Munson's ideal project is to grow each plant for 2-3 generations, and this it would take 90-140 days depending on each plant. At the end of each generation, students in the class will collect and review data about growth rate, pollination efficacy, and food yield. The students, under the guidance of Mr. Munson, will analyze the results and look at adjustments they could make concerning the growing conditions.  This provides the opportunity to bring in the scientific method and talk about variables and controls in experiments in a hands on, playful, and inclusive way.

Learn more about the Agricultural Literacy Grant and view the other recipients on our  website
Teacher Resources
Try creating the About Cattle, About Sheep, About Chickens, About Pigs, and About Goats books. Some of the books provide pages ready to color, others require the names of the animals be written, and other pages ask students to glue down feed samples or wool products. The books provide an opportunity to talk about animal needs, uses, offspring, seasonal changes, etc. The package of materials includes ready-to-copy booklet masters and enough samples of wool, hay, straw, cattle, pig, and chicken feed for the entire class to create the booklets. 
Eggs in the Classroom E-learning Materials
Are you looking for e-learning materials to supplement your lessons at home? Eggs in the Classroom has ready-to-use lesson plans, videos and activity sheets. There's engaging, eggucational curriculum for every grade level from K-12. 
Science at Home with Bayer
Science at Home with Bayer will feature a weekly themed package of articles, videos, activities, and experiments you and your kids can do together or depending on their age, on their own. Your child may not be able to attend school right now, but their curiosity and love for science can continue at home. Check out their activities here
Elementary Resources
Milk or Meat? Beef or Dairy?
In the United States, cattle are typically raised to produce beef and milk for our food supply. In this lesson, students will identify the differences between beef and dairy cattle and determine the commodities produced by each type of cattle.
Tomato Trivia
Using tomatoes as a theme, students will practice their math and science skills of estimating, measuring, counting, graphing and sequencing in this lesson

The Farmer Grows a Rainbow: "Four" Goodness' Sake
In this lesson, students will develop an awareness that food preferences and cooking styles may be based upon geographic, ethnic, and/or religious/family customs, but all food choices fit into the groups of MyPlate.

The life cycle of a flowering plant begins with a seed. With the correct amount of moisture and the proper temperature, seeds will germinate (or sprout) producing a tiny, immature plant called a seedling. The seedling will grow into a mature plant which when fertilized, will produce seeds. Plants need water, light, nutrients, and air to grow. You can find this lesson as a GoogleDoc. 
Middle School/ High School Resources
In this lesson students will understand that plants require nutrients in the proper concentrations. Students will discover that plants can be damaged or killed by either too many or too few nutrients.
Culinary Concepts
Through project-based learning, students will develop and manufacture a unique and nutritious food product that includes ingredients that have been sourced locally and can be served in retail outlets or the school cafeteria. This lesson is best for students in grades 6-8. 
MyPlate, MyState, MyWin
Students will explore the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, compare and contrast historical food guides, and discover how to apply principles of MyPlate into their diet to create a "MyWin." Students will also use the USDA interactive MyState map to discover foods grown in their own state in this lesson
In this lesson students learn what factors affect a country's ability to produce their own food and how food expenses differ throughout the world.
May Book Nook
Oh Say Can You Seed?
In this book, with the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2-and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles-the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and seed dispersal. 

Blueberries for Sal
Sal and her mother are picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter. Meanwhile, Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one? With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers' hearts since its first publication in 1948.
Little Joe
The novel Little Joe  offers a realistic look at the bond between 9-year-old Eli Stegner and his Angus calf, Little Joe, as they prepare for the county fair -- and the beef auction that follows. Readers will be fascinated by the details of raising beef cattle and receive an in-depth account of life on the farm. 
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