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Ag Literacy

Starting Young

The Farm Matching Game was distributed with kindergarten readiness materials. By the time school starts this fall, more than 1,530 DeKalb County households will have received a special toolkit. Designed to help families prepare their preschool children to enter kindergarten, each toolkit contains crayons, sidewalk chalk, scissors, dice, a dry erase board ...read more

Teacher Feature – Toni Gabriel

Teaching: School: Genoa-Kingston High School Grade: 9-12 Subjects: Agriculture Number of years teaching: 15 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: My students help present Ag in the Classroom lessons every year, and I have been the ag literacy ambassador for our school.  What is your favorite unit to teach? I truly enjoy teaching agriculture in all aspects ...read more

Virtual Educator PD

Illinois and National Agriculture in the Classroom offer online summer workshops for teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic means most face-to-face professional development opportunities scheduled for this summer have been cancelled, including Summer Ag Institutes and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, which was to have taken place in Salt Lake City. The ...read more

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