Ag Literacy

Teacher Feature – Sue Pelikan

Teaching: School: St. Mary, DeKalb Grade: 5th Number of years teaching: 22 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have taken the Farm Bureau’s Summer Ag Institute several times, and I am the Ag Ambassador for my school. I was the first Dairy Princess in DeKalb County, when I was Sue Harms. What is your favorite more

Pick of the Crop – “Mosey’s Field” Book

by Barbara LockhartAge level: 5 - 8 yearsHardcover: 32 pagesPublisher: Schiffer (2013)ISBN-13: 978-0764343889 Mosey’s favorite place to curl up for a snooze is in the middle of a farm field. But noisy machines followed by rapidly-growing green stalks make his napping spot difficult to find. Readers accompany the inquisitive hound as more

The Cultures of Agriculture

Exploring the Diversities of Food and FarmingThursday, July 309 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. This FREE 5-hour mini-conference will feature: • Lessons highlighting the diversities and cultures of agriculture • Overview of Illinois Ag in the Classroom resources like Ag Mags and grants • Exploration of ag literacy resources available online • Presentations from Illinois commodity more

Teacher Feature – Sarah Alexander

Teaching: Teacher: Sarah Alexander     School: North Elementary School, Sycamore        Grade: 1st Number of years teaching: 13 years Farm Bureau/Ag Literacy connection: I have always enjoyed when volunteers from Ag in the Classroom come into our classroom to work with my first graders and teach them about agriculture and seeds. I was also fortunate enough to more

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 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 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 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 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 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 more