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August 2020 | Issue #107
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Seeking Teacher of the Year Nominations & Applications!
Each year, MAITC recognizes an outstanding Maine elementary or secondary school teacher who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to teach core subjects. Next year's winner will receive a trip to Des Moines, IA!
Know a great teacher who's incorporating ag into their classroom? 
Nominate them to be our 2021 Teacher of the Year!
Teachers can be nominated or submit an application themselves.
Please mail application to: MAITC, ME Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 or email before 5:00 on October 2, 2020 . Direct questions to Willie Sawyer Grenier at maitc@maine.gov or (207) 287-5522.
CHS Foundation Classroom Grants Available
The application for the 2020 CHS Foundation Classroom Grant is now available! PreK-12th grade state-certified classroom teachers are eligible to apply. The grant can be used to fund projects that use agricultural literacy concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and more. Fifteen $500 grants will be awarded. The deadline for applications is September 15th. More information here .
Journey 2050
How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050?
Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. The program allows students to make decisions on a virtual farm and witness their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. Teachers guide their students through inquiry-based lesson plans that showcase farm families around the world.
The best part – the entire program is FREE! Educators do not need an agricultural background to facilitate the learning outcomes. The detailed lesson plans, animated video clips and supporting resources are provided systematically. The program was developed with teachers and sustainability experts to complement curriculum. The strongest ties are with science and social studies standards aimed at grades 7-12. Middle school lessons high school lessons,  and  eLearning modules  are available that meet NGSS standards, and are designed for use in the classroom or online.

Interested in learning more? Join us for a free webinar  August 13th at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM to learn how to play the game and use the lessons. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate in the webinar. Sign up for the webinar  HERE .
Questions about the webinar or Journey 2050? Email  programs@naitco.org .
Harvest of the Month - August is Maine Cucumbers!
Check out the great HOM materials:


Check out our NEW
Cucumbers Resource Page for lessons, activities, and more!
Teacher Resources Section
Lessons
Wild Blueberries for ME . Grades PreK-2 . Grades 3-5 . Wild Blueberries for ME  describes the history, growing and harvesting of this important Maine crop. After reading aloud to the class and discussing the content, students will be involved in English Language Arts, Health Education, and Visual Arts activities.

Freshest Fruits . Grades K-2. Students will learn about where fruits grow and their nutritional value by completing an activity to observe the size, shape, texture, and seeds of various fruits.

Agritourism: Extreme Farm Makeover . Grades 6-8. Through project-based learning, students will work in groups to design an agritourism experience that will increase profits for a family-owned farm and provide agricultural literacy opportunities for community members.

Where Does it Grow? The Science of Climate and Food . Grades 9-12. Students will discover the connection between climate and our food supply as they answer the question, "Where does it grow?" They will also explore the consequences of climate change on our food supply and discover how advances in science can help farmers adapt to climate change.
Books
Videos
Check out the Read Aloud video of our Wild Blueberries for ME book!
Peaches are in season! Watch this video to learn about how they grow!

Activities & Resources
Wild Blueberry Dye . Long ago wild blueberries were used by Native Americans of Maine for many different reasons. They were dried and used to flavor soups, stews, and meats. Wild blueberries were used for medicines, and they helped settlers during times of sickness and when there was little or no food. They were used in teas, and baked goods just like today. Wild blueberries were also used to dye clothing, and other things. Try it out!
Resources from:
National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization - Ag Discussion Board Facebook Group

NAITCO has created a new Facebook page for teachers and other educators to share AITC-related questions and conversations. NAITCO leadership realized that teachers and educators wanted a way to communicate with each other about AITC information and best practices. It can be used as a place of discussion for experienced and beginning educators alike.  
Ag in the Classroom Virtual Resources Compilation
AITC State Programs across the country are working hard to provide the online pre-kindergarten-12th grade educational resources and virtual experiences students, parents and teachers are seeking. The result: Dozens of educational modules, virtual farm tours, online reading experiences and social media special events are now available using agricultural concepts to help educators teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more at home. Check out the list of resources here.

Maple Curriculum Support:  Tapping into Maple Tradition   - Lessons for K-12 Classrooms.

Looking for field trips? Check out Get Real Get Maine's Food, Farms, and Forest Search

ReTreeUS plants orchards in schools and provides educational programs that empower people to be healthy environmental stewards.

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

Maine School Garden Network provides resources and technical assistance for all school gardens across Maine!

Search the National Ag in the Classroom Curriculum Matrix for resources

Fuel Up to Play 60 offers educators a wide array of resources they can use to help students make sustainable changes in their school environment.

Agroworld is an agricultural science e-zine developed for the secondary educator.

KidsGardening has ideas about plants and gardens, teacher resources, and grant opportunities.

The Chop Chop magazine and website has easy and healthy recipes.

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has curriculum, games, and resources available for educators and students.
Funding from this plate has impacted up to 200,000 students annually 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.
Donate today  to The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Association
The Non-profit, completely volunteer, portion of MAITC. These funds are used directly to support teacher scholarships and recognition, and support volunteer participation for Ag education programs. Your donation is completely tax deductible and you can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation which will support the mission, "to promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public." If you have any other questions or would like to join this group please contact the chairman,  Maryjane Stafford Donate Here .
Our Mission Statement
"To promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources among students, educators, and the general public"  
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