Check out what is going on at NHAITC!
Plant Something NH Day

On May 20th, New Hampshire is joining 23 other states in celebrating Plant Som e thing Day. Taking part can offer students lessons in science and math, help the pollinators and beautify the school, all at the same time!  The possibiliti es are endless: plant a tree or create a small flower bed near the main door, add a pot of geraniums in a sunny classroom window, plant some tomatoes in buckets for the cafeteria or have each student plant a bean seed in a paper cup.   Contact your local nursery supplier about the possibility of donating materials.  Search here for businesses supporting the event.  Encourage their generosity by offering to mention them in the school newsletter or include a "donated by" sign next to the plants.

Here are so me lesson ideas to compliment your Plant Something NH Day activities:

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.

Students will use the story of The Empty Pot to explore literature and science, practicing story mapping and learning about the needs of plants and the importance of soil and water.

students will understand that plants require nutrients in the proper concentrations

Read more about what is going on around the state for Plant Something NH Day  or check out this infographic  about reasons to plant something.
Food Systems Seeds & Plants Workshop for Educators

Through plants we receive oxygen, nutrients, nourishment and enjoyment when we can grow them and cook them! In this workshop, we will explore the science behind seeds and plants and ways to engage youth in this topic.   Food Systems thinking involves a holistic approach to examining how our food is grown, harvested, packed, shipped and eaten. Educating our youth about Food Systems is relevant, rigorous, engaging and involves the inquiry process.   In this workshop presented by UNH Cooperative Extension, you will explore the science behind seeds and plants and ways to engage youth in this topic.
May 17th in Manchester                         information and registration
Maine 2017 Summer Teacher's Institute

Maine   Agriculture in the Classroom is offering a summer professional developm ent opportunity in Farmington, Maine.   The week-long workshop will include lessons, online resources and grant  opportunities. All participants will leave with armloads of materials and megabytes of technology integrating agriculture into your classes from Pre K - 12th grade.           info and registration
Nutrients for Life Introduces Teacher Membership

The new teacher membership program will help support the efforts to ensure teachers have the tools needed to promote a deeper understanding of soil science, the importance of crop nutrients and to make science relevant to students' lives.  For just $25, members receive free shipping, a free classroom germination/nutrient activity and exclusive access to member resources.      more information

Flower Power:  grades 3-5 & 6-8
Students will observe physical characteristics of flowers and explore principles of pollination.

Hatching Science Center:
Hatching chicks in the classroom can be an effective way to increase student engagement, investigate how organisms change and develop over time, and study embryology, life cycles, heredity, and animal needs. The Hatching Science Center offers practical information about the technical aspects of hatching chicks and provides relevant, hands-on activities for integrating embryology themes into core curriculum.

Farm Animal Match:      grades K-2
Students will match farm animals with their young, learn the terminology for males, females, and baby animals, identify the products each farm animal produces, and learn basic facts about how animals are cared for on a farm.

National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix .   Search the online, standards-based curriculum map for K-12 instructional, classroom-ready resources.

Alvirne Open Farm Day
May 6, 2017     Alvirne High School in Hudson, NH   9:00-2:00
Tour the dairy farm, watch forestry students, see the animals, check out the flowers and try a craft. 

Merrimack County School to Farm 
May 11, 2017     4th grade 
Carter Hill Orchard in Concord
register  here

Sullivan County School to Farm
May 26, 2017       4th grade
Sullivan County Farm in Unity
register here

Grafton/Coos County School to Farm 
May 24, 2017     4th grade
new event at The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem!         register  here

UNH School to Farm
for Rockingham and Strafford Counties             4th grades
June 6, 7 & 8, 2017
register here  (space left on 6/6)

National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference
June 20-23, 2016
Kansas City, MO
registration and information

Connect with us to find the latest news and resources :
Debbi Cox,  State Coordinator       nhaitc@
        (603) 224-1934  
Deb Robie, Grafton County Coordinator