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*Contact us to plan a workshop date for your school for Fall 2017

Grant Ideas 

Kids Gardening Grants

 

Future Organic Farmer Grant 

 

Green Works Grant 

 

Digital Wish Grants

 

Fruit Tree 101

 

Let's Move! Salad Bars to Schools

 

School and Community Garden Grants

 

Captain Planet Foundation Grants

 

Sustainable Agriculture Grants for Farmers and Educators

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Teachers Resource Guide

See the Maine Farm to School Census here. Are you participating?

Maine School Garden Network - resource for all school gardens across Maine!

Search The National Ag. In the Classroom Curriculum Matrix for resources.
 
Agroworld- agricultural science e-zine developed for the secondary educator 

Kids Gardening has ideas about plants and gardens, teacher resources, and grant opportunities.
 
The Chop Chop magazine and website has easy and healthy recipes. 

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Ag Mags are 4-page, colorful agricultural magazines for kids. 

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Agriculture License Plate

Funding from this plate has impacted 98,528 students in 2016 with lessons, materials, volunteers and teacher training. Annually up to $60K is distributed in grants to schools, FFA, 4-H and other Non-profit programs for Ag education initiatives by the Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Council.

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May Newsletter
#68
2017
With just days away, there's still time to register! Contact us for more information.  Click here to register now!!
Request for applications are available on our website. Categories included: Agriculture Awareness, Ag Leadership and School Gardens and Greenhouses, in amounts of up to $1,000 or $3,000. The deadline for submission for current applications is 4:00 PM on June 8, 2017.
REMINDER for 2016 Grantees: 
Final Grant Reports are due June 1, 2017!
SUMMER TEACHER'S INSTITUTE,  July 31 - August 4
Join UMaine Extension to learn how to bring the science of food preservation into your classroom through hands-on activities including fermenting, freezing, drying and boiling water bath canning of acidic foods. Science never tasted so good! 
Visit our website for more information and to download the registration form!

Come preview the new Aquaculture Exhibit, learn about just released K-5 Ocean and Seaweed Curriculum and get your hands wet in the UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute's touch tank. 
Every teacher who attends will receive free books for their classroom and a $50 stipend.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
TIME: 9am - 12pm
WHERE: Maine Discovery Museum 
74 Main Street, Bangor, ME
Registration is limited. Sign up here.
For more information about the Discovery Museum's newest exhibitHosted by ME EPSCoR, UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute, and the Maine Discovery Museum
Lyme Disease Awareness Month school poster contest for grades K-8: Be Tick Smart!

Learn more and view contest rules here.
Read ME Agriculture County Leads


Maine Agriculture in the Classroom is looking for help for our future Read ME Programs.

If you're interested in being the lead in your county to help coordinate the volunteer reading program, please contact Kelsey.
TeacherResources  Lessons:
- Eating Plants. Grades K-2. Students will identify the structure and function of six plant parts and classify fruits and vegetables according to which parts of the plants are edible.
- Plant Tops and Bottoms. Grades: K-2. Students will identify where fruits and vegetables belong on a MyPlate diagram and describe the major parts of plants - roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruits according to if they are produced on the top or bottom of a plant.
- How Does Your Garden Grow? Grades: K-2.  Students will understand the needs of a seed to germinate by observing, dissecting, and germinating seeds in a "ragdoll." Further, students will plant seeds in eggshells and observe the life cycle of a plant as they learn about sunflowers.
- Presto, Chageo. Grades: 3-5.  Students will learn about the importance of green plants and the process of photosynthesis. They will learn new vocabulary and do experiments to test their hypotheses using plants. Students will also be able to act out and present the steps of Photosynthesis.
- Plants Around You. Grades 3-5. Students will categorize plants into groups, describe what plants need for healthy growth, start their own garden by planting seeds inside a cup.
- Plant Parts and Functions. Grades 6-8. In this lesson students will learn about plant parts and how they function in plant growth and reproduction.
- Surrounded By Plants. Grades 9-12. Students identify the importance of plants to human life by surveying their home and neighborhood for plant products used for medicine, aesthetics, fuel products, fiber, and food.

Books:
  • How Things Grow
  • The Story of Seeds
  • What's In The Garden?
  • Big Yellow Sunflower
  • Tops & Bottoms
  • Eating the Alphabet
Videos:
Vascular Plants Video
Vascular Plants Video
Supplement a plant anatomy lesson with this video which breaks down the anatomy and physiology of vascular plants.




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