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Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Pam Bybee

Teaching: School: Founders Elementary, DeKalb Grade: Fourth Subjects: All Subjects Number of years teaching: 32 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have utilized the Ag in the Classroom presentations, attended the Summer Ag Institute at the Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Founders Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more

At-Home Ag Literacy

“Mom, I don’t have anything to DO.” You probably wish you had a dollar for every time you’ve heard your kids say that in the past month. And, chances are they’ll still be home for at least a couple more weeks. What to do? We’ve gathered some online ag literacy resources to ...read more

Creating Cover Art

What does agriculture look like to an elementary student? As part of Farm Bureau’s new cover design contest, students showed us by drawing illustrations depicting agriculture. In 1990, DeKalb County Farm Bureau launched a poster contest for elementary students. Three years later, it became a t-shirt design contest. In 2002, students ...read more

Teacher Feature – Vida Martin

Teaching: School: Sandwich High School Position: School Counselor Number of years as a counselor: 14 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I got involved with the Kane County Farm Bureau as a school counselor to learn more about agriculture-related careers. Then I found a way to connect with DeKalb County Farm Bureau so I could bring agriculture to Sandwich ...read more

Cultivating Classrooms

Ag in the Classroom Presenations In February, over 2,793 first through fourth grade students experienced agriculture within their own classrooms as part of the Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) presentations. Thanks to nearly 100 volunteers from throughout DeKalb County, these students learned about seeds, cows, Illinois agriculture, and more! AITC offers different agriculture lessons specifically created for ...read more

Helping Hands

Volunteers gather to prepare for Ag in the Classroom. Presenting over 100 Ag in the Classroom (AITC) lessons takes a lot of preparation, time, and helping hands. Every February, DeKalb County 1st-4th grade students can experience agriculture-themed presentations given by local farmers and agribusiness professionals. But before the lessons come to life ...read more

Teacher Feature – Joann Pardridge

Teaching: School: Indian Creek Elementary Grade: 4 Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 33 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy Connection: I have participated in Ag in the Classroom presentations, attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for Indian Creek Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love to ...read more

Career Contemplation

If you worked in this career, do you think you would spend your time working indoors, outdoors, or both? What would you wear to work if this was your job? What STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills do you think you might use in this career? Why is this career important to ...read more

Teacher Feature – Shelley Lawson

Teaching: School: Children’s Learning Center, DeKalb Students: 2 and 3 year-olds Subjects: Incorporating academics while teaching life skills Number of years teaching: 11 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy Connection: I incorporated the Pre-K Barn Kit into my classroom and took my class on a field trip to Carol and Jim Boesche’s dairy farm in the early 1990’s. ...read more

Teacher Feature – Dana Timmermann

Teaching: School: Kingston Elementary School Grade: 1st Grade Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 4 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taught Ag in the Classroom at Kingston Elementary School (KES), attended the Summer Ag Institute at Farm Bureau, and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for KES. What is your favorite unit to teach? I ...read more