Teaching our youngest generations about where their food comes from and how it ends up on their plate is important. Agriculture education plays a key role in instilling an apprecitiative attitude in children for the farmers and ranchers that provide fresh, wholesome food each and every day for them to consume.
MAKE IT 'AG DAY' AT YOUR SCHOOL
Celebrate Kansas Agriculture Day in your school district, classroom or cafeteria. Need ideas? Below are some materials to help you make 'Ag Day' a reality for your students.
Make it 'Ag Day' in your school
The Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Agriculture Community encourages schools across Kansas to recognize and participate in Kansas Ag Week by reading, or publishing, the following short announcements each morning of Kansas Ag Week.
Click the link below to view brief morning announcements for Kansas Agriculture Week, March 23-29. Morning Announcement Guide
LESSON PLAN RESOURCES
Agriculture in the Classroom is a website where it is easy to find over 190 K-12 lesson plans and activities about a variety of agricultural topics. It includes everything from agricultural history to corn production. The link for Agriculture in the Classroom can be found here.
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is an excellent site for Kansas based lesson plans and activities. Several of these plans incorporate state and national curriculum standards into the lessons. Some that can be found on the site include:
- Animal Science
Click here to view all the lesson plans and resources it has to offer
Kansas Farm Bureau has a variety of topic areas and lesson plans from dairy to crop production. The core topic areas include:
- Animal Care
Theses Kansas Farm Bureau resources can be found here.
Growing Minds – Farm to School has lesson plans and activities that focus on incorporating state and national curriculum standards into the classroom. Lesson plans focus mainly on fruit, vegetable and insect topic areas. Click here to view these lesson plans.
Kansas Association of Ethanol Processors through the Renewable Fuels Association offers instructional materials to help students develop a solid foundational understating of renewable fuels. Click here to view these instructional materials.
Kansas Grain and Feed Association and Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association share resources from the Coalition for Affordable Food pertaining to affordable food, agriculture and environmental benefits, fighting hunger and malnutrition, as well as health and innovation. Find these resources here.
Nutrients for Life provides curriculum for elementary, middle school and high school students focused on STEM activities and lessons to show science can rise to the challenge of feeding our world’s growing population. Those resources can be found here.
Kansas Soybean would like to draw your attention to Get Soybean Smart, a virtual classroom where every subject is soy. Worksheets, glossaries and tutorials for children, young adults and educators focus on the art and science of the soybean. Become a soy scholar with these tools and resources found here.
Kansas Pork Association invites you to ask a farmer to visit your classroom. Contact Marilyn Lynch at the National Pork Board Speakers Bureau to schedule a local farmer to visit with your students! Call 913-387-3270913-387-3270 or email Marilyn@eidsonandpartners.com to schedule a your pork farmer visit now. Farmers are limited and will be scheduled on a first-come-first serve basis. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/OMS.Speakers
All teaching tools from Kansas Pork Association are available here. These tools include lesson plans with activities, infographics and coloring sheets.
Find additional video resources here. Videos include a look inside a Kansas pig farm, what pigs eat, the amazing pig and the Kansas bacon farmer.
Kansas Beef Council invites you to explore Beefnutrition.org to hear from registered dietitians and nutrition communication experts at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association who work on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers to provide the latest in beef research and resources to help Americans live better with lean beef.
Confused about what’s fact and what’s fiction? Debunk the myths about beef here.
For a variety of tools to help teachers, school wellness leaders, health professionals and families address the nutrition and health challenges facing the youth of today, visit this website here.
Midwest Dairy Association has developed a collection of classroom materials to educate students about dairy farmers, the dairy industry as well as the nutritional and economic value of milk, cheese and yogurt. Explore these resources and more here.