WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Session 1, Wednesday, 4:00pm-5:30pm

What’s So Great about Florida Phosphate!

Applicable Grade Levels: K-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Biology, Ecology, Geology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Florida History, Economics, Engineering, Paleontology, Environmental Science

Indira Sukhraj, USF Polytechnic Florida Industrial & Phosphate Research Institute

This workshop gives K-12 teachers an overview of Florida phosphate, from its geologic beginnings to modern fertilizer production, and illustrates ways of incorporating phosphate information into classroom lessons that support the Sunshine State Standards. Florida phosphate is an essential nutrient source contributing to 75% of North America’s and 25% of the world’s fertilizer needs for crop production. The content of this workshop is condensed from the two-week Teacher Workshop offered by FIPRI each summer. No matter the grade level or subject area you teach, phosphate facts will add relevance and rigor to your teaching!

Animal Caretakers- Farm Animals Are in Good Hands

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-2 with applications and extensions that can be used up to 6th grade

Applicable Subject Areas: Reading, Math, Writing, Life Science

Cathy Musick, Executive Director, Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Holly Higgins, Safety and Education Director, Kansas Farm Bureau

Experience take-home lesson plans that explain respectful, responsible farm animal care to students. Six interactive lesson plans using graphic organizers and a decision making model will be demonstrated.

Curriculum:   Farmers and Ranchers Care about their Animals, Dan Yunk, Kansas Farm Bureau

                   Animal Caretakers All, National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

Outcomes:    Workshop participants will be empowered to teach students:

§         basic needs for animal survival.

§         nutrients animals need.

§         healthy animals produce healthy food.

§         ways farmers and ranchers provide for the needs of animals.

§         interactions in the food chain.

§         differences between carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores.

§         how farm animals enrich lives.

Extra!! Extra!! Read All About It!! 

Applicable Grade Levels: All Levels

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Social Studies 

Willie Sawyer Grenier, Maine Ag in the Classroom

Using an agriculturally related book, we will model the teaching of a variety of reading strategies for elementary classrooms. Using sticky notes, participants will make predictions, connections, and question what they are reading. We will model how to “build” a summary, find and chart expressive words, and teach reading with fluency. Finally participants will chart words for word work and phonemic awareness, and set up KWL charts. The instructor will also model public speaking exercises and state Ag. Lessons through the use of a state “float” pageant and a state agriculture book written by the class.

Become A Stomata Sleuth, Have Phun with Photosynthesis
Two Great Inquiry Labs to Enhance Gifts from the Sun! 

Applicable Grade Levels: 5-10

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Science 

Judith Nova, Saint Lucie County Schools 

Looking for engaging inquiry labs for your middle grade students? These two labs delve in to the 5 E’s while enriching the Food Land and People lesson Gifts from the Sun. This workshop will provide you with everything you need to enhance your students understanding of the complex concept of photosynthesis. You’ll learn how to design, and create solar cell plants that actually demonstrate the process. Compete in a solar plant power race: can your plant make music, light a bulb, or turn fan blades? Become a Stomata Sleuth. Which plant has the most per square cm?

Hooked on Hydroponics in the Classroom

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Life Sciences, Physical Science, Earth Science. Presentation to be aligned with National Science Education Standards, and applicable Next Generation Sunshine State (Florida) Standards.

S. Hope Chybion & John P. Chybion, Teachers, Brevard County Schools, Palm Bay FL

Despite increases in Hydroponics growing among commercial growers worldwide, use and instruction has yet to gain substantial popularity among educators. This workshop is intended to be a one-stop resource for all teachers interested in facilitating soil-free scientific indoor and outdoor gardening.

Topics: Definition, History, “what is necessary to cultivate plants,” Compare and Contrast with traditional farming, benefits to the educator and students of hydroponics, identification of crops that readily adapt to hydroponics growing (and those that don’t), how to incorporate hydroponics in their classroom curriculum.

Attendees participate in a make-and-take session, building a hydroponics garden at their learning center.

Awesome Agriculture for Kids

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6

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

Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey 

This session will feature “Agri Culture” (a tractor) and the books in the Awesome Agriculture for Kids Series. It will integrate agriculture into your primary or intermediate classroom using children’s books of the series. These books will be the focus of inquiry: modeling pedagogy, graphic organizers, and informal assessment. Graphic organizers such as an A to Z list and concept maps will be used. Applications to other areas of agriculture will be introduced. Participants will receive handouts and a primary or intermediate children’s book from the Awesome Agriculture for Kids series. This session is appropriate for formal and informal educators.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Applicable Grade Levels: All Levels

Applicable Subject Areas: Including agriculture, language arts, science, math, nutrition, science, social studies, art, and physical education.

Beverly Hall, Putnam County Educator/ Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom

Discover Hidden Treasure right in your own backyard or schoolyard. Join me for a workshop on the beautiful grounds of the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Instead of sitting and listening, we will go outside and practice what we preach. Marriott Resort has kindly granted permission to explore their grounds and discover the wonderful hidden treasures that are in our world of nature. This engaging activity will allow us to learn and share. The hands-on fun will be intriguing and enlightening! Our students will enjoy the benefits of what their teachers have learned when we return to the classroom.

Start Farmin’: A Life-Sized Board Game

Applicable Grade Levels: 2-12

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

Arlette Roberge, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

This life-sized board game is designed to teach students the modern-day complexities facing our farmers through a fun and an interactive learning experience.

Students move forward or backward based on positive or negative circumstances that increase or decrease a farmer’s chances of producing a successful crop.

By answering questions on variety of agriculture topics, students may earn additional turns. Students can play separately or on teams. Questions can be modified to accommodate age-groups from second grade to high school. The interchangeable game squares allow modification for many classroom settings.

Together We Can Feed the World

Applicable Grade Levels: 6-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Social Studies and Science

Chris Fleming, Tennessee Foundation for AITC

Regardless of your thoughts about global warming, over-population, Area 51 or other controversial subjects, we all need to eat! This fact should guide our thoughts when dealing with controversial issues. Global issues are important, but individual survival is a primary concern to most of earth’s inhabitants. This workshop will demonstrate ways to incorporate activities from Tennessee’s Plant A Seed in Tennessee curriculum and Project Food, Land & People into middle school and high school science and social studies classes.

Session 2, Friday, 9:00am-10:30am

Get Smart'er' with Illinois Ag in the Classroom

Applicable Grade Levels: K-8

Applicable Subject Areas: Math, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Kelly Murphy, Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom

Come see the ways SMART Boards can be used to incorporate agriculture and technology into your classroom. We will expand on current agriculture lessons and activities and will show some new techniques on creating your own SMART Board lessons. This session is for teachers, AITC staff and volunteers who want to learn more about incorporating SMART Board lessons into their classrooms.

Hooked on Hydroponics in the Classroom

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-12

Applicable Subject Areas: Life Sciences, Physical Science, Earth Science. Presentation to be aligned with National Science Education Standards, and applicable Next Generation Sunshine State (Florida) Standards.

S. Hope Chybion & John P. Chybion, Teachers, Brevard County Schools, Palm Bay FL

Despite increases in Hydroponics growing among commercial growers worldwide, use and instruction has yet to gain substantial popularity among educators. This workshop is intended to be a one-stop resource for all teachers interested in facilitating soil-free scientific indoor and outdoor gardening.

Topics: Definition, History, “what is necessary to cultivate plants,” Compare and Contrast with traditional farming, benefits to the educator and students of hydroponics, identification of crops that readily adapt to hydroponics growing (and those that don’t), how to incorporate hydroponics in their classroom curriculum.

Attendees participate in a make-and-take session, building a hydroponics garden at their learning center.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-8

Applicable Subject Areas: All curriculum areas language arts, math, science, social studies, fine arts and physical education

Dana Bessinger and Judy Ferrell, Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Let agriculture guide your professional development training with lessons and resources for classroom management, student discipline, parent involvement, time-on-task, achievement and leadership. Hands-on connections to real-world situations such as “Fit with Fiber” lesson, opportunity to exercise with “Action Agriculture Across Oklahoma” DVD, and ideas to stay on task with “Back at the Ranch – transition Bell Ringers” guide this workshop.

Cattle Ranching in the Classroom

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6 

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art 

Dennis Hellwinkel, Nevada Ag in the Classroom

The Romance and Reality of the Wild West excites students nationwide and this workshop will give teachers the resources to incorporate language arts, history, social studies, environmental science, art and math in this creative classroom activity.

The workshop will incorporate a brief history on how the West was settled and western ranches came about and managed today with an emphasis on stewardship of the land.

Participants will be introduced to literature, resources and activities which bring the West alive in the classroom and engage their students in an understanding of public land ranching.

Participants will learn the history of branding cattle, create and make their own branding iron, and then gather their cattle in the classroom.

Connecting Your School Garden to Curricula Demands

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-5

Applicable Subject Areas: All Subjects

Louise Lamm, Director, North Carolina Ag in the Classroom

Ellen Gould, Curriculum Specialist, North Carolina Ag in the Classroom

As our society seeks to help young learners understand the value of healthful living, many schools across the country are allowing students to plant gardens. This trend calls for a body of instructional strategies that make strong connections between gardening and core curricula in the classrooms. North Carolina Ag in the Classroom has developed a workshop for pre-school and elementary grade teachers and students that links gardening activities to reading, writing, math, science and all other core disciplines. Join us for an overview of the agenda and a sampling of the most fertile teaching ideas.

Learning Fun We Bring from American Cuisine

Applicable Grade Levels: 2-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Social Studies, Science, Math

Shirley Lettkeman, Watonga Elementary School

America is an amazing country, from sea to shining sea, the breadbasket of the world. The presentation centers on the opportunity to travel and experience the diverse foods of our country, learning how agriculture is integrated into our daily bread.

The target lesson for the presentation focuses on a menu from a well-known American city. We will learn where the food comes from to get to our plate, while integrating many social studies skill learning activities. Social studies, math and science teachers can weave in the lessons to achieve their objectives for learning, making the process enjoyable and practical.

What the Heck Is Biotech?

Applicable Grade Levels: 3–8

Applicable Subject Areas: This presentation predominately teaches Science and English Language Arts concepts; however other subject area comprehensions are utilized throughout.

Tad Duncan & Craig Lenard, Texas Farm Bureau

This workshop provides elementary and intermediate level teachers with innovative methods of teaching genetics and heredity. Lessons provided utilize activities that allow students to link new information to prior knowledge through cooperative learning. The objective of this workshop is to successfully teach basic genetic structure, create an understanding of dominant and recessive traits, and relate these topics to production agriculture. Teachers looking for brain based teaching methods directly linked to Science and English Language Arts are invited to participate.

Gettin’ Our Hands Dirty: The Scoop on Soil!!

Applicable Grade Levels: K-8

Applicable Subject Areas: Cross-Curricular: Science, Language Arts (Reading, Writing), Math, Art, Nutrition, And Music

Lisa Dizengoff, Science Facilitator Pembroke Pines Charter School-East Campus, Pembroke Pines, Florida

The purpose of this interactive, enlightening and engaging workshop is to debunk the myth that soil is strictly something that simply holds plants up! Students will not and cannot appreciate the ecological and biological processes that sustain nearly all terrestrial life on our planet if they are not told the dirty truth about soil. Every plant and animal you can think of depends on this vast hidden ecosystem. Each shovel of soil holds more living things than all the human beings ever born. Through several cross-curricular activities, including a delicious edible dirt dessert, participants will understand how physical, chemical, and biological actions work together to create every soil on the planet. Soil scientists have identified over approximately 70,000 kinds of soil in the United States alone. It’s hard to believe that, five tons of topsoil spread over an acre is only as thick as a dime.

Florida’s Ancient Oceans

Applicable Grade Levels: K-9

Applicable Subject Areas: Science, Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, Biology, Ecology, Geology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Florida History, Paleontology, Environmental Science

Indira Sukhraj, Kate Himel, and Gary Albarelli, Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute

Florida’s Ancient Oceans is an engaging out-of-your-seats learning activity that condenses four epochs of geologic time (the last 24 million years) into one hour and a half. The formational geology of Florida, changing habitat types, and ancient animals are presented, using large canvas floor maps, blue fabric for the changing ocean levels, and a menagerie of Miocene to Pleistocene puppets. The content is based on the geology and paleontology of the central Florida phosphate region. The activity will be presented in its entirety, as it would be done in the classroom, with additional time for a make-and-take and lesson plan review.

Ag Literacy –Today & Tomorrow

Applicable Grade Levels: PreK-2

Applicable Subject Areas: Reading

Herbert S. Parks, Tennessee Farm Bureau 

With the urgency of reading in the early years, we as educators must find a way to integrate agriculture literacy into the classroom. Research shows that reading a book does very little to help a student retain what was read, but if you add an activity to the story read, the retention is 75-80% greater.

I will integrate activities with ag-books to increase reading academic levels while utilizing agriculture knowledge. Classroom teacher will now welcome agriculture into their reading program.

Participants will receive a supply of activities for use in their classroom.

Come read a book, do an activity, and have FUN.

Session 3, Friday, 10:45am-12:15pm

Take a Walk on the Urban Side!

Applicable Grade Levels: 3-6

Applicable Subject Areas: Math, Reading/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies

Kevin Daugherty & Jackie Jones, Illinois Ag in the Classroom

Come and explore the Illinois Ag in the Classroom effort linking agriculture and the urban environment. Step away from teaching only traditional farm production and move toward integrating Farmers' Markets, urban landscaping and horticulture, container gardens and food processing. In addition to exploring varied career opportunities, find links to videos and lessons. This session is for teachers, AITC staff and volunteers who want to learn more about incorporating urban agriculture into their curriculum and resources.

Any Day is Earth Day in Agriculture!

Applicable Grade Levels: All levels

Applicable Subject Areas: All disciplines are covered, with a science emphasis

Suzi Myers, Kane County Farm Bureau

Debbie Ruff, Livingston County Farm Bureau and Soil & Water Conservation District

Join us in a fast-paced, hands-on workshop that will provide you with an arsenal of over 40 environmental activities that have an agricultural twist. Use them to teach renewable energy, trees, plants, soils, water, recycling, habitats and more any time of the year. This workshop is applicable to all levels of formal and non-formal educators. Workshop participants will receive a CD with all the lessons, games and activities. Conference attendees will receive the lessons covered during the session.

Exploring Agriscience and Agribusiness through Integrated Science and
Career & Technical Education

Applicable Grade Levels: 6-9

Applicable Subject Areas: Science and Technology (Careers)

Debra Spielmaker, Utah State University, Extension: Ag in the Classroom

Description: Explore the relationship and impact of agriculture and natural resources on the economy through this middle school careers instructional unit. Learn how to access more than 20 career video segments, lesson plans, and other hands-on classroom ready resources to discover career opportunities in agricultural production and processing, horticulture, and natural resources. Resources provided in this workshop would be useful to teachers and volunteers who make career presentations.

Reading for Agricultural Information

Applicable Grade Levels: 5–8

Applicable Subject Areas: Social Studies and Geography

Carole Willis, Tennessee Foundation for Ag in the Classroom

Reading for information is a skill that can be taught using your state’s commodities and geographical differences. This fact guided our thoughts when developing “Tennesseed Travels Across Tennessee.” Tennesseed gets off of a barge in Memphis and travels across the Volunteer State arriving ‘home’ at a small farm in Mountain City. Along the journey, he sees the three grand divisions of Tennessee and the products that grow in them. Participants will receive the book and lessons that can be adapted to other states’ commodities.

Who Ate Our Corn? We Want to Know and So Should You! 

Applicable Grade Levels: All levels

Applicable Subject Areas: Science

Craig Wilson, Ph.D., USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Texas A&M University

Handle the insect and learn how to have your students grow the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), collect and interpret data on its life cycle. FREE class sets of insects ordered on-line at: http://www.hsi.usda.gov/CornEarWorm/main.htm

An inexpensive digital microscope will be used to show how technology can be incorporated in instruction to engage students. Examples of student work will be shared.

Also covered: food chains/webs; bats; and corn to ethanol production as impacted by the $1 billion annual damage/control efforts as a result of this insect.

Workshop activities range from plant-animal-space science.

Links to USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) research scientists provided.

Growing Dendrites with Ag in the Classroom!

Applicable Grade Levels: 1-8

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art 

Virginia (Ginger) Deitz, 4th Grade Teacher, Fargo, North Dakota

Fourth grade students will demonstrate 10 instructional strategies that, according to current research, are used to enhance learning because of the ability to activate the brain as they showcase Ag in the Classroom activities across the curriculum. My students will tell stories, use mnemonic devises, metaphors, song and dance, as well as showcase problem-based instruction, that has worked for them and made the classroom a more successful and enjoyable place.

Growing Science Achievement with the Junior Master Gardener Program

Applicable Grade Levels: 3-5

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

Lisa Whittlesey, Junior Master Gardener

The Junior Master Gardener program engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. JMG encourages youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification. Participants will make models of science equipment like insect aspirators using safe household items to collect insects, and will complete activities highlighting basic gardening, plant parts/processes, and growing techniques. Participants will leave the session with activities they can use next week with their students.

Ag Camp 101

Applicable Grade Levels: 3-8

Applicable Subject Areas: Science/Math/Language Arts/Art/Music/PE

Deborah Flock, Hillsborough County Schools

Take your students to “camp” on a budget. Through a variety of camp style activities from “cabin” competitions to “mail call” students will participate in engaging, hands-on activities as they learn how to be land managers. This camp style environment will enhance learning and teach students how everyone is impacted by agriculture and the environment. Activities and strategies can be adapted for a variety of grade levels and will meet standards across the curriculum. Students will remember this “camp” experience and the lessons learned as they evolve into caring and concerned citizens.

Make “Ag Day” a Memorable Day

Applicable Grade Levels: K-6                  

Applicable Subject Areas: Cross Curricular

Dana Bessinger, Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Gain resources, tools, and ideas to create an “Ag Day” students will enjoy and remember! Brainstorm with the presenter as you view pictures of students doing Ag activities while learning by participating in a variety of projects and activities throughout the day. Learn how to involve school personnel – cooks, custodians, teachers, and administrators as well as community leaders, in creating a day students will love, and generate well publicized PR for your school in the process!

Are You Smarter than an Activist?

Applicable Grade Levels: 8-12, adult 

Applicable Subject Areas: Language Arts, Nutrition, Science, Social Studies, Environmental Science, Ag Ed 

Betty Wolanyk, Ag Literacy Works

As activism has escalated from a grassroots, decentralized movement into an organized, well-funded industry and career field, public understandings have not. Students and consumers are being bombarded with well-structured, misinformation campaigns focused to market products, increase membership and donation dollars, and/or drive change. The intent of this program is to help students explore underlying messages, examine funding, and evaluate issues before deciding to join a cause, make a life-altering choice or part with hard-earned money. Examples will explore both animal agriculture and environmental issues to develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills.