New York Agriculture in the Classroom | Summer 2019
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Important Dates:

August 22- Agriculture Career Day at the NYS Fair

August 26- Maple Day at the NYS Fair 

March 16-20- Agricultural Literacy Week
Agriculture Career Day at the Great New York State Fair
Are you or your students interested in learning more about the wide range and variety of careers available in agriculture. The New York State Fair will be your one-stop shop for learning all about the many places agriculture can take you on Thursday , August 22nd . This event is sponsored by the Department of Labor and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, with help from FFA chapters from across the state. Join us for a scavenger hunt and other fun activities throughout the day!
Maple Day at the Great New York State Fair
Mark your calendars for  Monday, August 26th  if you're interested in learning all about Maple Syrup! Across the New York State Fairgrounds displays, interactive activities, and tastings will be set up to share the experience of maple production. We will also be celebrating the winners of the annual Schoolyard Sugaring contest with an awards ceremony, co-sponsored by the New York State Maple Foundation. 
Lewis County Cuisine Trail
Do you love locally produced and unique foods? Lewis County is pleased to announce the creation of the Lewis County Cuisine Trail!  The Lewis County Cuisine Trail is a 48 mile route that runs through the Villages of Lowville, Croghan, Castorland, and Copenhagen, NY.  Eleven producers and retailers are located along the route, within 7 miles from the trail.
For more information and to view the route, visit 
A special thanks to Lewis County Economic Development for allowing New York Agriculture in the Classroom to store our 2020 Agricultural Literacy Week books!
Two CCE Agriculture in the Classroom Educator Position Openings
If you are passionate about increasing agricultural literacy and enjoy working with students, consider applying for one of the open positions in Oneida and Broome Counties, employed by their respective Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations. In each of these positions, the Agriculture in the Classroom Educator will deliver programming to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of how food and fiber is produced, how people eat, and how people live by helping teachers, students, and their communities learn about and engage in agriculture, food systems and the environment. For more information, view the  Broome County job posting or the Oneida County job posting
Teacher Resources
Elementary Resources
Freshest Fruits
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 in this Kindergarten- grade 2 lesson

Sunflower Life Cycles
In this lower elementary lesson, students will learn about the growth and development of sunflowers, identify how sunflower seeds are used, and make a paper plate sunflower illustrating the life cycle of the sunflower.

Customary & Metric Food Measurement
Students will use food and farming as a basis for exploring the concepts of estimating and measuring using customary and metric units of measurements in this lesson for grades 3-5. 
Farmer George: The Seeds of a Presidency
Students will read two books and pursue a process of inquiry to profile George Washington, understanding and evaluating the personal characteristics that made him a great leader while also exploring historical and modern food systems in this lesson

Middle School/ High School Resources
Classified: Crop Case Files
In this lesson for grades 6-8, 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. 
What's the Difference? A Look at Organic vs Conventional Food
In this lesson, using the claim, evidence and reasoning model, students will compare and contrast organic vs conventionally produced foods to discover the differences and similarities of each farm production style.
Double the Muscle: Probabilities and Pedigrees
This lesson allows students to apply the concept of Mendelian genetics and learn about the double muscling trait found in cattle. Students will apply their knowledge of genetics and Punnett squares to calculate the probability of genotypes and use a pedigree chart.

Global Trade and Interdependence
In this lesson for grades 9-12, students will examine the impacts of the Columbian Exchange and identify the economic and cultural impacts of contemporary global agricultural trade. They will also explore how food choices influence patterns of food production and consumption.
Summer Book Nook
In the Trees, Honey Bees
In this book, you can take a peek inside the tree and see a wild colony of honey bees. It hums with life. Look at the thousands of worker bees--each one doing her job. Some are making wax. Some are feeding the hungry brood. Some are storing sweet honey. Look at all the combs, filled with honey and pollen! And there's the queen, laying eggs. It's all very organized, like a smoothly running town. A honey bee colony is a remarkable place. You will never look at bees in the same way again. 
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 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.
Agricultural Research Magazine
A scientific magazine with articles generally written in an 'easy-to-understand' fashion. Recommended for secondary science and agricultural educators who are looking to enhance their curriculum with the most recent agricultural research. View the current issue or the archives be visiting the website.
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