Get Ready for 'Agriculture Elevated'
Submit Workshop Proposals by Oct. 4
The 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is seeking workshop proposals that demonstrate how agricultural concepts can be used to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science, social studies and more. The conference called 'Agriculture Elevated' is set for June 23-26 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT.
Preferred workshop topics include, but aren't limited to, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math), animal science, aeroponics, aquaponics, hydroponics, embryology, phenomenon-based learning, problem-based learning, GMOs, virtual reality approaches to learning, and learning with school gardens, among others. Workshop presenters receive a $50 reduction on their conference registration. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday Oct. 4. Submit a Workshop Proposal Today!
National Award Winning Educators Honored
Virginia Dairy Farmer Wins Ag Advocate Award
Debbie Brubaker, a Virginia dairy farmer who used her graphic design skills to develop life-size replicas of a dairy cow's digestive system and a milking cow, has won the 2019 Agriculture Advocate Award. In addition, she expanded a local 'Dairy Days' event to cover 20 commodities, participates in STEM events at local schools to demonstrate the important role agriculture plays in science and the natural world, and reads for Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom's Agriculture Literacy Project.
The National Grange sponsors the Agriculture Advocate Award each year, and honored Brubaker at the NAITC national conference in Little Rock, AR in June. To learn more about Brubaker's contributions and watch a video summarizing her accomplishments, please visit 2019 Agriculture Advocate Winner.
Journey 2050 Teaches Sustainability
New Lesson to Cover High Tech Agriculture
As the school year begins, and teachers look for innovative ways to teach complicated subjects, the Journey 2050 educational gaming platform can be a way to explain the concept of sustainability. The game is free of charge and free of advertising and allows students to farm in three different countries and compete against each other to become the most sustainable farm.
A new Journey 2050 lesson on technological innovations in agriculture will soon debut, bringing to seven the number of lessons offered by the program. Students will be asked to take action to solve problems as part of a project-based learning approach to the newly updated program summary. Also, six new service learning lessons that encourage students to become engaged in their communities will be added.
To learn more about Journey 2050 and download the game, visit Journey 2050. The home version of Journey 2050 is Farmers 2050. In addition to planting, cultivating and harvesting crops, players trade goods and market their crops. Help Nutrien reach its goal of 1 million users by downloading it at Farmers 2050.
Elementary Lesson about Farm Diversity
New Curriculum Matrix Lesson Defines Farming
One of the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix's newest elementary lessons educates students about farm diversity. The lesson, Many Types of Farms, helps students explore the source of a variety of agricultural products and discover that farms can be diverse in size and products that are grown or raised. The 3rd-5th grade lesson covers geography, history and science.
Secondary Lesson Covers Climate Change
New Curriculum Matrix Lesson Explores Ag Angle
Students explore the carbon cycle and evaluate the carbon footprint of beef cattle in this new secondary lesson on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix. Carbon Hoofprints: Cows and Climate Change
allows students to use critical thinking skills, and follow the Claim, Evidence and Reasoning model to determine the effects of cows' methane production on the environment and investigate the extent to which cattle contribute to climate change. It's geared to 9th-12th grade.
Pumpkinheads Not Elementary Book
Follow Adventures of Friends in Pumpkin Patch
Seasonal best friends Deja and Josiah work in a pumpkin patch on the last night of the season in a new book called Pumpkinheads. Follow their adventures in this young adult novel, and learn about a growing segment of the agri-tourism business. The author is Rainbow Rowell and the ISBN number is 9781626721623. It's scheduled for release by publisher FirstSecond on Aug. 27. Purchase this book and use NAITCO as your AmazonSmile charity. This book review is provided by Kevin Daugherty, education director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.