Terrific Tools for Teachers

Posted: September 21, 2022

Posters and Ag Mags

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom has released a colorful new poster series to enliven classroom walls and engage students’ minds. Back to School with Agriculture, Football and Agriculture, Illinois History, and Baseball in Agriculture posters are available free to teachers.

The posters join an extensive list of Illinois Ag Mags, which are 4-page, 11”x17” newspaper-style readers. These informational pieces are available free in classroom sets for students to read and keep. Ag Mags are available on topics like Illinois History, Apples, Pumpkins, Beef, and dozens more. For a complete list of topics and links to interactive versions online, go to this link.

To request posters, Ag Mags, resource kits and more, visit www.GrowYoungMinds.org or email rcollins@dekalbfarmbureau.org.

Book Grants

Special topic book grants of up to $250 are available to preK through high school teachers across the state. Educators can select books from the following categories: STEM in Agriculture; Livestock; Seasons; Food & Culture; Illinois Authors; and Ag in Past, Present, and Fictional Worlds.

Complete the grant form at https://bit.ly/3Q8QN6n by Oct. 14.

Project Grants

Grants of up to $300 also available for preK through high school teachers to fund projects promoting ag literacy in the classroom. Projects may be, but are not limited to, agricultural teaching units, classroom presentations, and career fairs. Be creative and develop an interesting, valuable agricultural experience for your students!

Complete the grant form at https://bit.ly/3BL3Wy0 by Oct. 14.

New Teacher Totes

Building principals or Ag Literacy Ambassadors are invited to request tote bags for new teachers. Bags will contain children’s books, related lesson plans, posters, classroom set of Ag Mags, activity supplies, and more!

Complete the request form found at https://bitly/22ToteReq by Sept. 30.

Substitute Teacher Totes

Building principals or Ag Literacy Ambassadors may also request tote bags for dedicated building or floating substitute teachers. Substitute totes will include ready-to-use activities, Ag Mags, student rewards, minimal-prep lesson ideas, and more!

Complete the request form found at https://bit.ly/22ToteReq by Sept. 30.