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Ag in the Classroom is an educational program designed to provide teachers with quality materials to teach students, through North Carolina competency-based lessons, about the sources of their food and fiber, and the importance of agriculture to the economy.

Going Local Grant Application

Going Local Grants help educators provide Pre-K through collegiate level students with valuable, real-world education and experiences directly related to the agricultural industry and the Common Core State and Essential Standards. Teachers practicing in private and public North Carolina schools, colleges, and universities are encouraged to apply.

Deadline is April 15th, 2020.

NC AITC Teacher of the Year Award

North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom (NCFB AITC) program will honor a practicing NC teacher who emphasizes agricultural concepts across the various areas of study.

Pizza Counting book cover

Book of the Month:

Pizza Counting

By: Christina Dobson

These pizzas have all the right ingredients. Pepperoni, cheese, and onions make a purr-fect pizza cat. Is it time for a clock pizza made of sausages and peppers? Count the toppings on these pizza masterpieces, then divide them up into filling fractions. Zesty pizza facts add to the flavorful fun.

Curriculum

Social Seeds

Students will be able to sort seeds using student made rules and explain why seeds are important in the plant life cycle.

A Year at a Farm

To introduce students to changes that occur throughout the year on a farm. Students will interact with images of things commonly found on the farm during each month throughout the year to demonstrate the importance of jobs, people, and happenings on the farm.

Ag Soccer

To enhance student appreciation for North Carolina farmers and the important role farmers play in their lives.

Corn

Students will gain information from the text, Corn written by Gail Gibbons to understand how corn is grown, and composed into a variety of products for people to eat.

Farming

Students will develop an understanding for the importance of farming and investigate daily activities that occur on a farm.

Food From Farmers

Students will develop an appreciation for the importance of farmers as food producers.

Show Me The Beans

Students will learn that soybeans are an agricultural commodity grown by North Carolina farmers and it’s variety of uses.

The Beeman

Students will gain information from the text, The Beeman written by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis about the amazing and complex life of bees, how they help pollinate plants and how honey is collected by beekeepers for us to eat.

Oh Say Can You Seed Bean Dissection

Students will identify the parts of a seed and explore the basic needs of plants for survival.

Pumpkin Jack

Students will learn how to identify and label the inside and outside of a pumpkin, review the pumpkin life cycle as it relates to the story Pumpkin Jack, and determine a pumpkin’s density compared to other fruits and vegetables.

Cotton—The Fabric of Our Lives

Students will be able to explain how cotton is produced and used, identify various cotton products, and use graphing to determine the importance for using cotton products.

A Year at a Farm

To introduce students to changes that occur throughout the year on a farm. Students will interact with images of things commonly found on the farm during each month throughout the year to demonstrate the importance of jobs, people, and happenings on the farm.

Farm to You: Cotton

Students are introduced to the food and fiber industry – specifically cotton. Students will be able to explain how cotton is produced from boll to bolt, identify various cotton products, and talk about ways to reuse/recycle objects we use everyday.

Food From The Ocean

Students will identify different types of organisms that live in shells, explain the role of the shell, and explain why natural resources are so important for sustainable aquaculture.

Fruit, Fruit and More Fruit

Students will gain and apply information from the text, The Fruits We Eat written by Gail Gibbons to categorize fruit based on: where they are planted, how they are planted, harvested, processed, and shipped to stores for purchase.

Milk Makers

Students will gain and apply information from the text, Milk Makers written by Gail Gibbons to create commercials that will influence a consumer’s choice of milk flavors.

Broilers

To introduce students to a major North Carolina Commodity—broilers. The students will examine the physical characteristics of chickens, and determine the stages of a chicken’s life cycle.

Soy Beans

To introduce students to one of the major North Carolina Commodities (soybeans). Students will learn the many uses of soybeans, how soybeans are grown, and the scientific properties of soybeans.

From Chicken Little to Chicken Big

Students will identify different breeds of chickens, examine physical characteristics, and determine the stages of a chicken’s life cycle.

Greenhouses and Nurseries

To introduce students to one of the major North Carolina commodities; the greenhouse/nursery industry. Students will interact with the environment to learn the importance of plants in the landscape and the resources required to produce plants through a hands-on activity.

A Year at a Farm

To introduce students to changes that occur throughout the year on a farm. Students will interact with images of things commonly found on the farm during each month throughout the year to demonstrate the importance of jobs, people, and happenings on the farm.

Farm to You: Cotton

Students are introduced to the food and fiber industry – specifically cotton. Students will be able to explain how cotton is produced from boll to bolt, identify various cotton products, and talk about ways to reuse/recycle objects we use everyday.

Horses

Students will gain information from the text, Horses written by Gail Gibbons to learn and define equine vocabulary, practice change over time, and compare and contrast a horses anatomy with human anatomy through informational and historical text.

The Vegetables We Eat

Students will gain information from the text, The Vegetables We Eat written by Gail Gibbons to understand and classify vegetables according to their edible parts and create and design experiments with vegetable gardens for the seasons and regions of North Carolina.

The Beeman

Students will gain information from the text, The Beeman written by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis about the amazing and complex life of bees, how they help pollinate plants and how honey is collected by beekeepers for us to eat.

Farming

To educate students on the importance of farming and the role of farming, including the farmer, farm animals, plants, farm equipment, and more. Students will learn the life cycle of a plant and apply what they have learned in hands-on learning experiences to grow their knowledge and appreciation for farming.

From Dirt to Shirt

Students will learn about the history of Agriculture through a book study based on the life of the first President of the United States. Students will learn about the importance of cotton in their daily lives by understanding its process from seed to fiber and what food it produces.

Got Gas?

Students will study the effect of greenhouse gases on plants and how they can best practice safe gardening when using a greenhouse to grow plants.

Farming

To educate students on the importance of farming and the role of farming, including the farmer, farm animals, plants, farm equipment, and more. Students will learn the life cycle of a plant and apply what they have learned in hands-on learning experiences to grow their knowledge and appreciation for farming.

From Dirt to Shirt

Students will learn about the history of Agriculture through a book study based on the life of the first President of the United States. Students will learn about the importance of cotton in their daily lives by understanding its process from seed to fiber and what food it produces.

Got Gas?

Students will study the effect of greenhouse gases on plants and how they can best practice safe gardening when using a greenhouse to grow plants.

Farming

To educate students on the importance of farming and the role of farming, including the farmer, farm animals, plants, farm equipment, and more. Students will learn the life cycle of a plant and apply what they have learned in hands-on learning experiences to grow their knowledge and appreciation for farming.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Students will be able to create a school garden using multiple academic disciplines.

Timeline to Century Farms

Students will interactively construct a timeline of crop commodities, farm equipment, and generations on the farm focusing on ties to specific changes made over the years to learn the importance of resources required to work and live on a farm.

Cotton: From Dirt to Shirt

To show the cycle of connectedness from science to economics through use of math andlanguage arts. To utilize cotton as a source for comparison and discussion in all aspects of this project.

Terrarium in a Bottle

In this lesson, the students will explore the atmosphere, air and water quality, the water cycle, the Greenhouse Effect, global warming, climate change, and human-environment interaction through a number of experiments, interactive webquests and projects.

Genetics in the Vineyards

This lesson exposes students to a real-life application of genetics and technology to improve agriculture production and profit. The lesson specifically addresses bioengineering, biotechnology, and selective breeding. This lesson is ideally conducted over five 90-minute class periods.

Timeline to Century Farms

Students will interactively construct a timeline of crop commodities, farm equipment, and generations on the farm focusing on ties to specific changes made over the years to learn the importance of resources required to work and live on a farm.

Timeline to Century Farms

Students will interactively construct a timeline of crop commodities, farm equipment, and generations on the farm focusing on ties to specific changes made over the years to learn the importance of resources required to work and live on a farm.

Overfishing and Aquaculture

Students will be able to explain why overfishing has occurred in our oceans, describe the effects of overfishing on fish stocks, and create a plan to manage overfishing.

Quick Links

Farmland Ed. Guide

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and Discovery Education have partnered on an exciting initiative to engage greater metropolitan area youth with a first-hand glimpse into modern agriculture.

Ag Stats

North Carolina Agricultural Statistics brings together current and historic data relating to North Carolina agriculture.

National Ag Literacy

We are a nation that has reaped the benefits of a successful agricultural system. This has allowed our society to flourish, engage in leisure activities, and dream about future endeavors.

Food & Ag Resource Guide

This curated list features the top recommended resources for each age group aligned to the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy

Grants

North Carolina Farm Bureau is happy to provide agricultural outreach grants to North Carolina teachers through our Ag in the Classroom . . . Going Local program. These grants value up to $500.

Going Local Grants help educators provide Pre-K through collegiate level students with valuable, real-world education and experiences directly related to the agricultural industry and the Common Core State and Essential Standards. Teachers practicing in private and public North Carolina schools, colleges, and universities are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS April 15, 2020.

Workshops

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