May Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Kids with chicks

Animals in Agriculture!

It's the perfect time of year to use chicks, lambs, calves, piglets and their parents as an exciting and fun connection between agriculture and science, social studies, math, and health and nutrition.

Animal Lessons and Activity Ideas


Animal Life Cycles

Kindergarten through second-grade students are introduced to six major livestock species, and their needs for air, space, food, water, and shelter for survival. Students are and introduced to the life cycle of a farm animal.


From Chicken Little to Chicken Big

Third-grade through fifth-grade students identify different breeds of chickens, examine physical characteristics, and determine the stages of a chicken's life cycle.

Beef calf

Build-a-Calf Workshop

Third-grade through fifth grade students will explore concepts of heredity in beef cattle and identify dominant and recessive traits.

Teacher Feature: First Grade Team at Victoria Elementary

Victoria, MN,  Eastern Carver County School District

Victoria Elementary first grade teachers

Back: Danielle Boom, Kelli Brenny, Marilyn Clements, Pam Gades

Front: MAITC Regional Curriculum Specialist Toni Dauwalter, Becky Janes, Christine Olsen

This month we are featuring a TEAM of teachers that has embarked on a year-long journey of embedding agriculture into their first grade curriculum. In November, the team worked with the Minnesota Ag in the Classroom Curriculum Specialist in their area, Toni Dauwalter to apply for a MAITC grant that would allow them to have an ‘Ag Day’ every month. They received the grant and have had first-grade students rotate through stations related to agriculture monthly. Each station was part of a lesson taken off the MAITC Curriculum Matrix. All of the teachers are able to experience teaching the lessons and the students are having a blast! The first day they kicked off with the Source Search lesson and the kids not only learned what the word ‘AGRICULTURE’ means but also had their eyes opened to how much it affects their everyday lives. Now each month the students can’t wait for their next adventure during ‘Ag Day’! Still to come, they will be hatching chicks, planting their school garden, having llamas visit & more. The teachers are thrilled with how well it has gone, they have saved their plans and are excited to continue adding agriculture into their curriculum every year.

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2019 Summer Teacher Tours

Register Today!

We are excited to offer Summer Teacher Tours that allow educators to get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture by visiting farms, processing centers, research facilities, and additional agricultural sites. Resources, hands-on activities, and interactive ideas for integrating agriculture in your curriculum will be also be discussed and shared.

Feed, Seeds and STEM Teachr TOur

Tour stops: Dairy farm with automated feeders, Bongards Creamery, seed company, and drone demonstration

Redwood and Renville County Tour

Tour stops: Cattle farm, robotic dairy Farm, crop farm, strawberry farm, Grandview Valley Winery, and Shrimp Shop

STEM in Agriculture Tour

Tour stops: Avery Weigh-Tronix, Christensen Research Pig Farm, Morgan Creek Winery, Eversman Solar Farm, and Patsche Farm technology demonstration

Farmamerica Teacher Tour

Tour stops: Farmamerica, Half Pint brewery, Midwest Hemp Farms greenhouse, hops field, hemp extraction site

2019 Summer Teacher Tour details and registration information

Virtual Barn $20 Gift Card Winner!

Gift Card

Thank you to Sara Berning, 5th grade teacher at Northwinds Elementary in Buffalo, Minnesota, for sharing feedback on the High-Tech Farming lesson from our Curriculum Matrix. Sara was selected randomly from our Virtual Barn respondents to receive a $20 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

If you use a MAITC lesson or resource, visit our virtual barn to share your feedback.

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to Michael Taylor for winning our April Trivia contest! Michael knew that carrots are classified as a root vegetable.

May Trivia Question: What is a newly hatched turkey called?

Send your answer to The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable MAITC bag.