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Ag Literacy

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

Agriculture Options

High schoolers face an abundance of options as they begin to consider what they will do after graduation. Agriculture provides these students with post-graduation opportunities in over 250 careers. The FFA Career Day, held at DeKalb County Farm Bureau, was developed to help high school students explore these options. The annual day-long ...read more

Ag Literacy in Action

Recent months kept DeKalb County’s ag literacy program busy with workshops and presentations reaching out to teachers and students around the county. (Above) Elementary teachers search for farm-related resources during a “Kid, Crops, and Critters in the Classroom” workshop. The workshop was one of three ag literacy-focused sessions conducted during the ...read more

Students Explore Everyday Agriculture

“I live near cornfields but didn’t know anything about corn until today,” said Ayden. Ayden is one of the nearly 300 eighth grade students that participated in the Sycamore Middle School Farm Field Trip. This year, students visited three local farms and agribusinesses on Sept. 22 and 24 – CHS Elburn’s ...read more

Teacher Feature – Elizabeth Peterson

Teaching School: Sycamore Middle School Grade: 8th Grade Subjects: Math & Science Number of years teaching: 20 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Summer Ag Institute for Teachers (SAI) through the Farm Bureau and every year we take our students on the 8th Grade Farm Field Trip to surrounding farms. What is your ...read more

Books Build Ag Literacy

Did you know… If popped, the twenty million kernels of popcorn produced on one acre of land would cover the ground like four inches of snow? A single Merino sheep hair is three times finer than the average human hair? A boy named Junius who was born into slavery later ...read more

Teacher Feature – Ms. Allyn Ricci

Teaching: School: Herman E. Dummer Elementary School Grade: 4th Subjects: All Number of years teaching: 12 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: A few years ago our district was left without a science curriculum, so I contacted the Farm Bureau to see what was available for us. We now use several literacy kits every year. Best ...read more

The Perfect Match

Community players come together to boost ag literacy among young children. Sometimes the cards just fall into place. In this case, four key “cards” came together: an idea, a need, funding, and a way to implement the idea. The Farm Matching Game includes 30 farm images (for a total of 60 cards) ...read more