February Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Children and books

February: National I Love to Read Month!

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is excited to celebrate National I Love to Read Month in February! We're showcasing the many agriculture-themed books and reading connections in our lessons and resources. Go ahead, enjoy a great book this month!

February Lesson Ideas

Enjoy all of these lessons that include engaging, agriculturally-themed books to celebrate February as National I Love to Read Month!

John Deere, That's Who! lesson
Who Grew My Soup? lesson
Think in Pictures like Dr. Grandin
Global Food Security lesson

Free Classroom Set of Hungry Planet Books! MORE for Agriculture Grant

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is sponsoring a MORE for Agriculture Grant as an Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) multi-state project. Working with Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin AITC Programs, 7-12 grade teachers are eligible to apply for this grant that will provide a classroom set (approximately 25 copies) of the book Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel to 50 classrooms in each state. Companion educational lessons and resources, as well as an interactive workshop held in July 2020, will also be provided to grant recipients. Apply by April 10, 2020

Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel

AgMag Survey: We Need Your Help!

We're continually working towards better resources for you! We need your help to do that. Please answer this short, 10 question survey about our AgMag resource (both the print and web version) and you'll be entered into a drawing for one of our awesome, grade appropriate classroom kits!  

Enter to win by taking the survey!


Scholarships for the National Ag in the Classroom Conference in Utah

NAITC conference

The CHS Foundation is offering scholarships to help K-12 grade teachers attend the 2020 National Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference scheduled for June 23-26 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The scholarship covers early registration to the conference of $435. Teachers are responsible for covering their other travel costs to attend the conference. To apply, please visit the online application.  Applications are due March 1, 2020.

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to January Trivia winners Brigid Sandager and Kevin Wassenaar! Both Brigid and Kevin knew that our official Minnesota state bee is the rusty patched bumblebee.

February Trivia Question: Which Minnesota-grown fruit is part of the rose plant family (Scientific name: Rosaceae)?

A. Apples

B. Blueberries

C. Watermelons

Send your answer to sue.knott@state.mn.us. The first two people to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable MAITC bag.