April Highlights from MN Ag in the Classroom

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Our world is a little crazy right now! However, the weather is getting warmer and spring is always an exciting season for agriculture! Buds on trees, new chicks and lambs, and planting crop fields and gardens are just a few of the visible signs of spring with agricultural roots.

Distance Learning Ideas

We know educators are working hard to move curriculum online and we want to help! Our Distance Learning web page provides resources for agriculture themed learning opportunities that connect to important concepts in science, social studies, language arts, and health and nutrition. Explore this web page to find resources and ideas for K-12 teachers, students and parents. Please also feel free to reach out to our Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) Team. We'd love to help!

Distance learning ideas

Visit our Blog!

We are excited to launch our new Ag Literacy Blog! Our MAITC Team is excited to share glimpses into the world of agriculture as well as fun and easy activities that students can complete while learning from home.

Greenhouse Challenge BlogA Day in the Life of a FarmerBooks in the Barn

Join our Facebook Group

Connecting with educators and colleagues in-person is tough right now, so we've created a Facebook Discussion Group to share ideas, questions and stories so we can harness our collective brainpower and provide community support!

Facebook Group

Summer Teacher Tours

Sadly, we are not going to be able to host our Summer Teacher Tours the same way we have in the past.  But we have some exciting plans in the works!  Please stay tuned for more details about a Virtual 2020 Summer Teacher Tour.

Summer Teacher Tour Announcement

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. The application due date has been extended to June 10, 2020. 

Please consider applying!

Hungry Planet by Peter Menzel

Ag Trivia

Congratulations to March Trivia winners Brigid Sandager and Alicia Meissner! Both Alicia and Brigid knew that Sugar Maples are used to create a majority of the maple syrup produced in Minnesota.

April Trivia Question: MAITC Regional Curriculum Specialist Toni Dauwalter shared pictures of her eggs hatching on our Facebook page and Blog. What is the length of the incubation period for chicken eggs? 

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.