The 2013-14 Essay Contest is now open for entries from fourth and fifth grade students. Entries must be posted marked by April 1. The topic is: “Wisconsin gardens provide many food choices for us.” The 2014 Book of the Year is “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby. The book and essay topic allows us to educate students about where food comes from, learn about Thomas Jefferson and his gardening research, understand how plants grow and make healthy food choices. The Agriculture in the Classroom essay contest is sponsored by the Frontier Servco FS, We Energies and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation.
These new collections of 12 easy-to-implement activities support learning with Food and Farm Facts, developed for grades 4-6 and 7-12 using National Learning Standards & Common Core. Curriculum areas include: math, science, social science, health and language arts. Each activity card includes step-by-step instructions, discussion questions and an estimated time for completion. Available now from Wisconsin Farm Bureau – Ag in the Classroom or if you need larger amounts, it is less expensive (only paying one set of postage and shipping) to order them directly from www.agfoundation.org.
The Children’s Agriculture Book series is an ongoing effort by Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom to promote books for elementary-age children that accurately portray modern agriculture. The books are appropriate for grades K-6 and have been selected for their accuracy, readability, and overall appeal to kids. Read more.
We invite you to take a journey and experience My American Farm’s interactive, online games with educate as they entertain. Built for educators, learners and their families, the site offers free downloads for lessons and agricultural activities to explore. Check out these Fun Family Activities that you can do to explore our nation’s most essential industry: agriculture! Click to learn more.
The My American Farm app is now available for free download on iTunes and Google Play. The app features five games from My American Farm—In My Barn; My Little Ag Me; Equipment Engineer; Farmer’s Market Challenge; and Ag Across America. Resources have been developed to provide guidance for using the app in a traditional or non-traditional setting. A formal lesson plan for classroom instruction, as well as tips and tricks for suggested integration in a variety of settings are available at www.myamericanfarm.org/games.