MINI WORKSHOPS

Session 4, Friday, 2:45pm-3:30pm

Finding Your Hidden Treasures through Fundraising

County and State AITC Staff and Volunteers 

Fundraising/Training for Volunteers and Staff

Kevin Daugherty, Illinois Ag in the Classroom

During this lively, interactive discussion, we will discuss fundraising at the local level with specific examples given of some major events (Golf Outing, Bike Ride, Sporting Clays, Trivia Night) as well as smaller easier to implement local ideas. Bring your ideas and be ready to share your hidden treasures of fundraising as well. This session is geared toward those running state and county AITC Programs as volunteers and county staff.

Get SMART with Energy!

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Science

Energy, Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy, Energy Conservation & Stewardship

Kristi Cranwell, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County

Do you have interactive white board technology in your classroom, but lack the time to use it to its full potential? You’re not alone! This workshop will introduce elementary school educators to a ready-to-use SMART Board™ unit on energy, developed for grades K-3 and 4-6 and based on National Learning Standards. Each unit is broken down into three lessons—What is Energy, Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation & Stewardship—which can be used together as a unit, or on their own. Participants will discover how easy it is to access these ready-to-use lessons while keeping their learning fun and hands-on! Don’t worry if you don’t have access to a SMART Board™ in your classroom—we’ll also talk about how downloadable teacher’s guides for each lesson can make this a great unit to use in your classroom with our without an interactive whiteboard.

Science Research in Agriculture – Future Scientists Program

Applicable Grade Levels: 3-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Agriculture & Science

Diana Collingwood, Career & Technical Education, MDCPS

   • AgriScience project-based curriculum, aligned with Florida State Standards.

   • Participation in actual hands-on, inquiry-based research on agricultural insect pests.

   • Teachers strengthen capacity to facilitate academic integration and improve student performance.

   • Introduction to collaborative opportunities with USDA research scientist/Exposure to cutting-edge research and curriculum.

   • Training in the use of scientific equipment and scientific method in the classroom.

   • In-school support, access to interactive program web page, curricular & lab materials, lesson plans, and pre & post testing/analysis.

The Wit, Wisdom, and Agriculture of Tomie dePaola

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-5

Applicable Subject Areas: All Subject Areas

Melissa Campbell, Wills Valley Elementary

This workshop would interest and benefit any educator or library media specialist who works with children in Pre-K through 5th grade. Through this session, the books of Tomie dePaola will come environmentally and agriculturally alive. Participants will be exposed to several of dePaola’s books, along with book extenders incorporating a myriad of topics including pollution, farm animals, and the food pyramid.

Garden Math Really Adds Up!

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Math

Suzanne Macauley, NJ Agricultural Society

Move your math class outside! Many mathematical concepts can be taught through a hands-on approach-right in your garden. Learn fun ways to teach math to your elementary school students that demonstrate real life application of standard math concepts. Measurement, ordered pairs, area and perimeter, fractions, and even statistics can be taught using your school’s garden space. Bring your math curriculum to life by bringing it outside.

Hydroponics in the Classroom

Applicable Grade Levels: 7-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Nutrition

Cindy Davidson, Youth Environmental Alliance

Hydroponics in the Classroom is an introduction to growing plants without soil. Participants will learn about this alternative farming method by constructing a simple hydroponic setup. Concepts related to basic plant parts and needs, nutrition, food production, recycling, agricultural technology and other areas come to life in these soilless growing environments. This workshop would appeal to Science, Agriscience, and Environmental educators.

“P is for Pig”

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: English, Health, Science, Arts & Crafts

Joni Wallman, Indiana Farm Bureau

What makes the “other white meat” so great? There are more to pigs than pork chops. Attendees will get hands-on lessons and ideas to showcase pork and its by-products. Volunteers and teachers will see how the ideas presented can be adapted to many parts of their curriculum and can be used at ag days and county fairs. Students and teachers alike will be surprised to learn how many products come from pigs. Bring home the bacon with handouts and resources that you can put to use immediately.

Discover the Secrets of the Garden Chef

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Language Arts

Tammy Maxey, Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom

Come discover the secrets to the Garden Chef’s success. Meet the garden assistants Buzzy Bee and Wiggly Worm and learn the role of each in building a bountiful garden. Discover the secrets of the Garden Chef’s prize winning healthy vegetables. Attend this workshop to learn how to integrate science and language arts into agricultural subject matter.

Agricultural Webquests: Reaching Students Online

Applicable Grade Levels: K-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Social Studies, Math, Reading

Diane S. Olson, Director, Promotion and Education, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation

Time-pressed educators and program leaders are on the lookout for ready-made, themed materials to share with students. Over 40 teacher-created agricultural webquest are posted to www.mofb.org covering a wide array of topics that infuse agricultural concepts into the core curriculum.

Arranged by recommended grade levels, each topic includes live links to child safe sites, teacher page, an evaluation rubric and alignment with Missouri and National learning standards.

From conducting a virtual embryology project to photosynthesis, this unique website has something for every grade level and the curriculum. Just launch it on the Smart Board™ and the possibilities are unlimited.

The Nitty Gritty on Garden Grants

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Nutrition, Science, and Social Studies

Tanna Nicely and Kristy Chastine, TN Foundation for Ag in the Classroom

Do you want to start a school garden but are not sure where to start? If you are a parent, teacher, or administrator who would like to know the “nitty gritty” of starting a garden at your school, this session is for you! You’ll leave with tips and tools for getting a garden started that include finding and receiving financial resources, as well as gaining administrative, parent, and community support.

Session 5, Friday, 4:00pm-4:45pm

Read Before You Plant a School Garden 

Applicable Grade Levels: 4-8 

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Nutrition, Social Studies, Art, Reading 

Susan Ferrell, Dowdell Middle Magnet School 

School gardens have become very popular in recent years. What thought goes behind which seeds will be planted? This mini-workshop based on the book Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman introduces the idea of a class garden. Students, like the characters in the book, each have a reason for the seeds they want to plant. During this session participants will read a chapter from the book, try a sample lesson plan, see completed student work and discuss ways to incorporate into their class. This mini-workshop is highly recommended for teachers of grades 4-8.

Nutrients – Do You Dig It?

Applicable Grade Levels: K-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Biology, Agronomy, Environmental Science

Cindy Griffin, Nutrients for Life Foundation

Food, glorious food! Join us for a lively interactive session and receive the Nutrients for Life inquiry-based scientific curricula for all levels of education. Compare nutritional differences in plants and animals, explore properties of soil, soil plant interactions, and nutrient usage. Learn how students develop critical thinking skills and excite them with hands-on investigation including an internet module that analyzes nutrient deficiencies. Maximize your student’s learning with experiments that become effective tools in the classroom and the basis for growing a school garden.

Scent-sational Soybeans!

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-5

Applicable Subject Areas: All Subject Areas

Mary Kensok, 4th Grade Teacher, Central Cass Schools, Casselton, ND

Did you know the US is the largest soybean producer globally? Did you know soybeans are in almost everything-- biodiesel, food for people and animals, plastics, home heating oil, clothing, printer’s ink, and more? Did you know that one acre of soybeans produces 82,368 crayons? This multi-sensory workshop will explore a wealth of ideas to incorporate information about soybeans into all content areas for the elementary learner. Color with soy crayons! Assemble a “soy toy!” Taste healthy soybean snacks! Observe soy candle making! Become familiar with soybean materials available for classroom use. Soybeans are “soy” important to life and ag education!

Cooking in the Classroom

Applicable Grade Levels: K-8

Applicable Subject Areas: Geography, Nutrition, Agriculture

Anna Lyles & Katie Buhl, Mesilla Valley Maze/Lyles Farms Foundation

Would you like to teach Geography, Nutrition and Agriculture all at the same time? You can do it by multi-tasking with these hands-on lessons that teach and entertain. 50 states = 50 mini lessons and recipes, that focus on the state commodities and their physical place in our nation. The Cooking in the Classroom Handbook, which features lessons that take 15 minutes or less, will be available on CD. We will demonstrate a few of our favorite recipes, to show you how easy it is to engage your students through food and fun.

“A” Is for Advancing Animal Agriculture

Applicable Grade Levels: 6–12

Applicable Subject Areas: Animal Agriculture, Life Sciences, Environmental Studies, Nutrition, Economics

Rod Wenzel, Project Food, Land & People 

With students being bombarded by a dramatic array of emotionally charged media encouraging the rejection of animal products and by-products, learn what educational materials are available to teach about animal agriculture in your classroom. Included will be the latest series of lessons from Project Food, Land & People (FLP) that advance the facts about animal agriculture. Participants will receive an overview of the FLP lessons under development and given the opportunity to pilot these lessons. For middle and high school students, the FLP lessons address how animal agriculture is tied to current environmental, economic and social issues.

Fueling Up With New Solutions for School Wellness

Applicable Grade Levels: 4-10

Applicable Subject Areas: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Jennifer Sills, Dairy Council of Florida 

Learn how your students can eat better, move more and make a difference at their school.

Objectives:

Participants:

  1. Will learn about the fuel up to play 60 program

  2. Will learn tips, tools and techniques to “brand” and “market” their school wellness programs, policies and services to achieve success using the fuel up to play 60 program

  3. Will learn how to involve teachers, parents, students and the community in improving their school’s programs, policies and services

  4. Will begin to develop an action plan for improving their school wellness promotion policies and programs

Bibliography www.fueluptoplay60.com

Fuel up to play 60 empowers students in grades 4 through 10 to engage their peers to “fuel up” with nutrient-rich foods they often lack – particularly low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – and “get up and play” for 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Components, developed for and by youth, such as program curriculum, in-school promotional materials, a web site (www.fueluptoplay60.com) and youth social media partnerships, are customizable and non-prescriptive. The program’s design allows youths and schools determine which tools and resources best help them meet their wellness goals and school wellness policies. Partner-supported school grants will help schools make long-term healthy changes.

Discover the Secrets of the Garden Chef

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Language Arts

Tammy Maxey, Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom

Come discover the secrets to the Garden Chef’s success. Meet the garden assistants Buzzy Bee and Wiggly Worm and learn the role of each in building a bountiful garden. Discover the secrets of the Garden Chef’s prize winning healthy vegetables. Attend this workshop to learn how to integrate science and language arts into agricultural subject matter.

“P is for Pig”

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: English, Health, Science, Arts & Crafts

Joni Wallman, Indiana Farm Bureau

What makes the “other white meat” so great? There are more to pigs than pork chops. Attendees will get hands-on lessons and ideas to showcase pork and its by-products. Volunteers and teachers will see how the ideas presented can be adapted to many parts of their curriculum and can be used at ag days and county fairs. Students and teachers alike will be surprised to learn how many products come from pigs. Bring home the bacon with handouts and resources that you can put to use immediately.

Jump Start Your School Garden

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Language Arts, Mathematics, History, Art

David Pippin, Virginia Ag in the Classroom

Learn how to establish, organize and maintain a learning garden on a K-5 school campus. Container gardens? Raised beds? Themes? Tools? Crops? Maintenance? Security? There are so many questions! Put your mind at ease by learning the basics about school gardens during this fun-filled, action-packed workshop. And remember, the garden is not just for science. Use the garden to teach math, language arts, history, and art. A school garden grows healthy kids.

Planting a Garden, Growing a Mind

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Nutrition, Science, and Social Studies

Kristy Chastine and Tanna Nicely, Tennessee Foundation for Ag in the Classroom

Are you looking for fun, hands-on activities to incorporate into your existing classroom curriculum? Gardening is an excellent tool for teaching all subject areas. This session is for the educator who has an outdoor garden, inside garden, or simply dreams of having a garden. This session is full of curriculum ideas centered around gardening.