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Revisiting mAGic

Multidisciplinary AGricultural Integrated Curriculum Lesson Upgrades First came the AgriScience kits In the early 1990’s, DeKalb County Farm Bureau obtained a set of AgriScience Kits for use in the classroom. Focused on topics like dairy farming, mathematics in agriculture, and renewable resources, the kits contained detailed lesson plans and all the supplies ...read more

Teacher Feature – Joanie Novak

Teaching School:  Littlejohn Elementary School, DeKalb Grade:  2nd Subjects:  All Number of years teaching:  18 Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  This is my 9th year as the Agricultural Literacy Ambassador for my school. I have participated in Ag in the Classroom events while teaching 4th, 5th, and now 2nd grade, and I participate in as many ...read more

Drawing on Ag Knowledge

It’s time for our CONNECTIONS Magazine Cover Design Contest! We are again inviting teachers to incorporate agriculture-focused lessons to prepare students to create cover illustrations. The lessons may utilize our Ag in the Classroom program and/or other ag literacy resources. Objectives 1. Encourage educators to incorporate farm and food topics in the ...read more

Teacher Feature – Sandy Arndt

Teaching School:  Genoa-Kingston Middle SchoolGrade:  7th GradeSubject:  Life ScienceNumber of years teaching:  15 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for my school. My family has been a part of Farm Bureau forever, and I was a recipient of a Farm Bureau scholarship way back in the day.What ...read more

Opportunity to Innovate

It’s clear our usual model of sending volunteers into classrooms across the county isn’t feasible this year. Instead, the pandemic has given us a chance to do something entirely new! Here’s the 2021 plan for our Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and CONNECTIONS Cover Design Contest. 1st-5th grade teachers, sign up ...read more

Teacher Feature – Laurie Jacobson

Teaching: Teacher:  Laurie Jacobson School:  West Elementary, Sycamore Grade: 2nd Number of years teaching: 19 years - All in 2nd grade Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have attended several Summer Ag Institutes with the Farm Bureau and I am the Ag Literacy Ambassador for West Elementary. What is your favorite unit to teach? I love teaching ...read more

Kernels of Connections

November FARM Bags feature field corn Prairie View Elementary 2nd grader Caden Hoyt had just three words to describe his reaction to the field corn activities his class had just completed: “Best. Day. Ever!” Prairie View 2nd graders from Sandwich learned about corn harvest from farmer Ed Cowan. Kim Gudmunson’s 2nd grade students ...read more

Still Growing Young Minds

Pandemic or not, we’re your local source for agricultural literacy. DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy Program continues to provide credible information about food and farming. This year we’ve adjusted to providing online resources and hands-on activities such as our FARM (Food & Agriculture Resources Monthly) Bags. We’re staying connected with educators. ...read more

Teacher Feature – Kim Gudmunson

Teaching School:  Prairie View Elementary, Sandwich Grade:  2nd Grade Number of years teaching:  11 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I grew up on a farm in Leland and my family was part of the Farm Bureau. My husband and I continue to be members today. I taught Ag in the Classroom in both Somonauk ...read more

Teacher Feature – Lisa Fleming

Teaching School:  Indian Creek High SchoolGrade:  Freshmen thru seniorsSubjects:  Geometry and calculusNumber of years teaching:  18 yearsFarm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection:  I have been an Ag Literacy Ambassador for many years and participated in the Harvest Dinner as a farmer. I farm with my husband and son. What do you enjoy most about ...read more