Saturday, 8:45am-10:30am

Soil Sundaes

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Nutrition, Math, Language Arts

Melissa Campbell, Wills Valley Elementary School

This make and take edible concoction is designed to teach students the layers of the soil. Easy to create and fun to eat, this recipe will interest educators, administrators, state contacts, and commodity representatives alike.

3D Pumpkins

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Nutrition, Science and Art

Brianne Foster, Illinois Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, Wayne County Farm Bureau

This simple craft is one of the most popular presentations I do in the fall. Teachers and students love assembling a 3D craft and creating their own classroom “pumpkin patch.” This activity is perfect for any educator that will discuss the pumpkin industry, pumpkin plant growth, pumpkin history, and many more pumpkin-related topics. Each participant will receive the materials to make one 3D pumpkin along with instructions and ideas of how to incorporate pumpkins into their curriculum.

All Around the Farm

Applicable Grade Levels: K-3

Applicable Subject Areas: Math, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Art

Jackie Jones, Illinois Ag in the Classroom

Create your own portable farm incorporating math, science and language arts activities. We'll show you how to make a quick and easy barn book to use in your classroom! This session is geared toward teachers, AITC staff and volunteers.

Iowa in a Pocket

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-2

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Social Studies, History, Art

Beth McGrath, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

This presentation focuses on the key commodities that make Iowa one of the United States most important agricultural states. This activity is a hands-on way to introduce primary students to agriculture in your state. In the activity they will make a farm-themed manipulative that will be used to sort and match plants and animals that farmer’s grow. Target audience is primary teachers in need of a hands-on activity to practice sorting and teach similarities and differences.

Suck-A-Bugs with the Junior Master Gardener Program

Applicable Grade Levels: K-8

Applicable Subject Areas: Science & Math

Lisa Whittlesey, Junior Master Gardener

Insects are some of the most interesting and diverse creatures on the planet. We can learn a great deal from insects when we study them up close, but first we have to catch them! You will make a simple insect aspirator, or “bug sucker,” to take with you. You’ll learn how to have students make their own inexpensive bug suckers to collect small insects without ever touching them. This memorable lesson will allow students to collect data, classify insects, become lady bugs to determine the rate aphid consumption and even study the diversity of life that make compost piles work.

Ladybug! Ladybug!

Applicable Grade Levels: K-3

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Writing, Reading, Math

Dewandee Neyman, Alabama Ag in the Classroom

Attendees will learn activities to explore how ladybugs grow and change through their life cycle and enhance learning in science and writing.

Dirt Babies aka Incredible Shrunken Heads

Applicable Grade Levels: K-8
Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Art & Math

Susan Ferrell, Dowdell Middle Magnet School

Learn about the effects of the apical meristem on the growth of grass plants while creating a wonderful take home craft. Or in simple language, “Make your own Shrunken Head!!” Using a knee high stocking, cup of potting soil, grass seed, ½ plastic water bottle, and glue on accessories, create a shrunken head that grows green hair. Students will become “hair stylists” as they cut the continually growing hair of their shrunken head.

Water Cycle in a Bag

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Nutrition, Science

Emily White, Leon Sheffield Magnet School 

Use this hands-on approach to show students of all ages how the water cycle works.  Using a zip-loc bag, permanent markers water and aquarium rocks, your students can “make” the water cycle!  A song with motions for the younger students, and very detailed diagrams for the older ones, make this a sure hit with all ages.  Without water, we would not have agriculture!

High Five for Healthy Eating

Applicable Grade Levels: K-4

Applicable Subject Areas: Science

Linda Danos, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

Learn about the five major food groups in the USDA Food Guide Pyramid with this fun, ‘handy’ activity in which you draw your hand on a sheet of paper and color each finger to match the color of the five food groups i.e. fruit, vegetables, grains, milk and meat/beans.

Quilting Agriculture

Applicable Grade Levels: 3 - 12

Applicable Subject Areas: Math, Science, Social Studies

Donna Oliver, Maine Ag in the Classroom

A system for students grades 3 and above to create quilt squares with agricultural themes. When the squares are assembled they will portray a cross section of agriculture in the country, state or community. Each participant will receive their own square with directions to finish into a pillow for framing. Instructions for the finished quilt will also be supplied.

The Germinator

Applicable Grade Levels: 2-7

Applicable Subject Area: Science

Danielle Daum, Happiness Farms, Inc.

Gathering and charting data on root and shoot growth is fun with these quick and easy seed germinators. Using CD jewel cases, a coffee filter and seeds, we will create a habitat conducive to germination that will also allow students to view and chart the root and shoot growth of their plants. This activity is ideal for classroom settings, as well as a make & take for ag days and fairs.

Bee Bingo

Applicable Grade Levels: 2-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science & Math

Frances Strawn, Deep Creek Ranch, Inc

Through Bee Bingo, students will learn just how many fruits, vegetables, herbs and/or nuts that they eat and rely on bees for pollination.

Link ‘ems – By-products are a Valuable Part of Agriculture!

Applicable Grade Levels: 4-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Social Studies

Judy Culbertson, California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

How well do you know your by-products? Walnuts? Wool? Corn? Link each raw commodity in the bag with its by-product. Try this fun activity with students or in a teacher workshop!

Classroom Chicken Coop

Applicable Grade: K-3

Applicable Subject: Science, Art

Heather Davis, New York Agriculture in the Classroom Chickens may not be the best animal to choose as an classroom pet however, this Make n’ Take activity will demonstrate how to turn a boring set of cubbies or cardboard boxes into a lively, classroom chicken coop with no clean up required. The classroom chicken coop can be a great prop when teaching about life cycles while building a connection to agriculture.

Wear Your Food in Style

Applicable Grade Levels(s): K-5

Applicable Subject Area(s): Nutrition

Ellen Gould & Louise Lamm, North Carolina Farm Bureau

Here’s a fast, colorful, and effective reminder of daily nutritional requirements provided by MyPyramid. Join us and create a colorful bracelet designed to keep the wearer in touch with servings needed from each food group, recommended physical activity, and the fact that all food comes from the farm. This Make & Take is of interest to educators who include in their curricula healthful living lessons designed to fight childhood obesity and help young learners establish habits for a full and healthy life. The MyPyramid bracelet featured in this session compliments efforts to incorporate healthful living into the school day.

My Hand Plants

Applicable Grade Levels: K-3

Applicable Subject Areas: Math & Science

Lorri Brenneman, Montana Department of Agriculture

Students learn to sort and recognize different shapes and sizes of seeds and then make a seed planting template. Inquiry for students is based upon seed sprouting pattern in the shape of the student’s hands and the plants growth cycle. Plant growth can be examined by the student in the classroom or at home as these templates are very easy to transport.

Agriculture – The Real Game of Life

Applicable Grade Levels: 1-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Math & Social Studies

Scott Christmas, Kentucky Farm Bureau

We all have needs and wants which are on the mind of every child and adult. This short exercise will demonstrate the true value of agriculture through a fun and educational game. The game will illustrate how all of us as individuals have to make choices with our money and time. Social studies and mathematical concepts will be heavily addressed in this entertaining and unique learning opportunity.

Grains of the World

Applicable Grade Levels: 4-9

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science & Math

Alisha Hill, Utah Ag in the Classroom

This hands-on activity explores grains common in global agricultural production - barley, corn, oats, rice, soybeans and wheat. Students create their own grain booklets that include important facts, descriptions, and samples of the grains. Students will explore grains that have contributed to the development of civilizations and world trade. Teachers can use the information to expand students' knowledge of grains as they compare and contrast what's used in their breakfast cereal, fueling their cars, and being traded on the world market. This kit contains enough seeds for a classroom of 35 students. A master copy of the grains information cards is also included.

Download Grains of the World Journal

Sing a Song of Soil

Applicable Grade Levels: K-4 Applicable

Subject Areas: Science, Language Arts, Music

Donna Hellwig Rocker, Georgia Farm Bureau and Agriculture in the Classroom

This is a “singable” make and take. It will help reinforce the process of how soil is formed and how all of us need to follow the example of our farmers and care for the soil.

Painting with Soil… “Dirt Shirts” and more

Applicable Grade Levels: K-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Visual Arts, Music

Ginny Paarlberg, Florida Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee

Soil types are an important foundation to agriculture. Soils also make contribute to the beautiful colors we see in nature everyday that many of us forget to appreciate.

Green Eggs and Agriculture

Applicable Grade Levels: K-5

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Nutrition, Math, Language Arts

Michelle Williamson, Florida Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee

By incorporating the timeless literary works of Dr. Seuss with agriculture, your students will be able to retain what they read by associating it with other subject areas outside of language arts alone. This make & take will expose you to a number of hands-on activities, each connected with a Dr. Seuss book. You will also have the opportunity to build your own mini-greenhouse, one of six lessons that can be used with “Oh Say can you Seed?”