Elementary Education


Now Enrolling for Spring 2020 Semester!

 

Our 8-week hybrid course, “Infusing Agriculture in the Elementary Classroom” begins Monday, March 23rd online and runs through Friday, May 15th.

We are continuing our engaging course with with 2 full-day in-person sessions (Saturday, March 28th & Saturday, April 25th at the Accokeek Foundation in Accokeek, MD) with the remaining contact hours as 6 weeks of flexible, online learning.

Teachers who successfully complete the course will earn 3 MSDE CPD credits! Please see our attached flyer for information on how to register for the course.

For more information on the course, contact MAEF’s Elementary Education Director, Shannon Brown at sbrown@maefonline.com or 410-939-9030.

Click here to register!

 

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“This class has really opened up my eyes to the simple ways we can incorporate agriculture into our classrooms every day. Not to mention, each time I’ve brought back one the books or lesson ideas to the classroom, my kiddos were super engaged and ready to learn!”

 

 

 
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See what Maryland teachers are saying about past Ag in the Classroom workshops!

“This is an amazing experience for any teacher!  I cannot believe how many resources – books, supplies, field trips – the workshop was able to provide.”

 

“This workshop was by far the best professional learning opportunity I have experienced in 20 years of teaching…fun, informative, applicable and amazing resources that I will use to benefit my students, colleagues and my school.”

 

“Ag in the Classroom goes above and beyond the usual teacher workshop.  The amount of useful information, projects, experiments, resources and supplies was astounding!  I can walk into my classroom right now and have many lessons that I can do now.  No other workshop comes close to what I gained from Ag in the Classroom!”

 

“What an amazing – jam packed week!  I was able to learn through touching, creating and collaborating.  The resources are invaluable.  All done in 5 days, too!”

Ag Literacy

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How Does the Ag Literacy Program Work?

This is the 10th year for Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation’s annual Ag Literacy Program. This Ag in the Classroom program seeks to instill in Maryland students the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.

We plan to celebrate Ag Literacy week March 22 – 28, 2020 in support of National Ag Week although you may celebrate any time!

Any group or individual wishing to promote agriculture is invited to participate as a Literacy Volunteer – Farm Bureau members, FFA students, Young Farmers, Commodity group leaders, retirees, or any interested individuals!

Literacy Volunteers order a book through MAEF, set up a time to visit in a nearby school and read to students in grades K-3. Following the reading of the book, volunteers may conduct an activity with the students using any of MAEF’s accompanying lessons and/or share their experiences in agriculture. The book is then left with the class or in the media center.

How to Order:

For more information or to order a book for $10, contact Shannon Brown at sbrown@maefonline.com or (410) 939-9030, ext. 105. Alternatively, you may download an order form below and send it to MAEF with a check.

PB&J Hooray – Ag Literacy 2020

by Janet Nolan

PB&J Hooray! is a children’s book that explores the process of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from plant to stomach! In this selection, students learn about all the hard work that goes into making the ingredients of the beloved PB&J.  This book will have you cheering hooray for agriculture! 

See above for ordering information.  Accompanying lesson plans coming soon!

Right This Very Minute – Ag Literacy 2019

by Lisl H. Detlefsen

Right This Very Minute is a table-to-farm book that explains how farmers are always busy producing the food that makes its way to our plates!
(American Farm Bureau book of the year)

BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE at $10 each.

SEE WHAT WE EAT – AG LITERACY 2018

See What We Eat follows a group of children touring a local farm as they learn where their food comes from and touches on our main food groups.

HATCHING CHICKS IN ROOM SIX – AG LITERACY 2017

Follow a classroom of kindergartners as they participate in a popular activity – hatching chicks in an incubator in the classroom.

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen – AG LITERACY 2016

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen is an entertaining tale about Patrick’s securing essential ingredients to help his father make his favorite French toast for breakfast. The essential ingredients (milk, eggs, and maple syrup) come to life before his very eyes.

About Our Mobile Science Labs

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The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation’s Mobile Science Lab Program teaches elementary students in Maryland the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives.  

Each of our three themed labs feature a wide variety of 50-minute experiments and investigations as well as 25-minute mini-lessons based in agriculture.  These are all aligned with NGSS, Environmental Literacy Standards, Science & Engineering Practices, and CCSS. 

Grants may be available to your school; please ask when booking. They are typically first-come, first-served, so book now!

Contact Diana Tyler at dtyler@maefonline.com or 410-939-9030 for more information or to reserve a lab for your school.

For schools booking the mobile science labs:

Vocabulary for All Full-Length Lab Lessons

How Does the Mobile Science Lab Work?

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Schools choose one of our three mobile science labs:

–  Our Ag Products lab with investigations featuring the products and processes that come from agriculture

–  Our Food, Fiber and You lab with investigations of the food we eat and what goes into growing it

–  Our Aquatic lab with investigations on the relationship between water and agriculture

Ahead of the visit, hands-on investigations are selected by the school’s teachers from one of our three themed labs above.  Up to five classes in grades 3-5 can visit each day for a 50 minute hands-on investigation. Other classes (grades K-5) can visit for a 25 minute mini-lesson. Scheduling is flexible depending on the needs and size of the school.

Consider us an in-school field trip for the whole school!  Our lab will visit schools for an entire week and one of our qualified MAEF teachers will lead students in hands-on investigations. 

Don’t forget to ask about available grants!

Contact Diana Tyler at dtyler@maefonline.com or 410-939-9030 for more information or to reserve a lab for your school.

What Teachers Are Saying About Our Labs…

·   “This is something that we would not have been able to do in the classroom. It’s relevant to their real-world experiences. Both enriching and interesting.”

·   “Students were interested and engaged.  Wish it could be here longer.”

·   “Students loved being scientists, offering higher-level thinking.”

·   “Encourages collaboration with peers and required close examination of a problem to find a solution.”

Ag in 10 Minutes a Day!

Ag in 10 Minutes a Day consists of an informational text followed by multiple choice questions and an extended response – all focused on agricultural concepts!

 

Teachers are free to use just the article but additional ideas for science, social studies, and math are provided.

Ag-Mazing News

Ag-Mazing News Ag lessons can be used as individual “agricultural” based lessons which can be integrated into skills taught in language arts, math, science and social studies. They can also be used as an introduction for students to complete independent research on a particular agricultural topic.

MAEF’s Annual Calendar Contest

MAEF’s Annual Calendar Contest is in full swing!  K-12 students from all over Maryland are encouraged to participate by submitting an original drawing highlighting agriculture in Maryland. See below for details! Winners will receive a $50 cash award and their artwork will be featured in MAEF’s 2020-2021 calendar! The deadline to submit your drawings is Friday, May 1, 2020.

“For a donation of $10, you can receive a copy of MAEF’s 2019-2020 Calendar featuring agricultural artwork from students around the state. Please call our office at 410-939-9030 for more information.

 

 

To Download the Calendar Contest Rules, Please Click the Photo Below

CLICK HERE to check out this year's Annual Calendar!

Ag Resources 

Moo Milk 

Fun and educational website about cows and milk with facts, contests, games, and recipes. 

CampSilos 

Highlights the development of American agriculture. Targeting students in grades 4-8, the site provides online material related to corn, pioneer farming, farming today and tomorrow, and the prairie. 

Illinois Ag in the Classroom 

This Illinois AITC site contains teacher materials such as the AG Mag, lessons, and resources. Students can explore virtual farm tours, quizzes, and a kid’s zone. 

DPI Chicken 

Reproducible, educational Chicken from the Egg to Your Table helps students learn more about chicken and how it is produced. 

California Ag in the Classroom  

California’s Ag in the Classroom site has teacher lessons, links, and a kids’ corner.  

UMD Extension AgSploration Curriculum  

Sign-up to download the entire interactive AgSploration curriculum from UMD Extension. Great hands-on lesson plans!  

MPT’s Farm & Harvest Videos  

MPT highlights local farms and ag-based endeavors in this engaging series.  

MPT Ag-Based Video Clips  

Perfect for use in the classroom! These clips are searchable by grade level and subject area.  

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Recommended Publications  

A comprehensive list of agriculture literature searchable by grade level, publication type, and topic.  

American Dairy Association North East – Virtual Farm Tours  

Connect with local dairy farms through these live, interactive farm tours!  Connect with a real modern dairy farm and chat with a farmer without leaving your classroom!  Sign up for the next virtual tour!  

360 degree Virtual Farm Visits  

Interact virtually with farms as never before! Click around each video to see 360 degree views of each farm.  

Ag Lesson Plans – Virginia AITC  

Lesson plans at every grade level developed so that you can bring agriculture to your students!  

NGSS- Quality Examples of Science Lessons & Units  

National Ag in the Classroom PBL lessons  

A collection of Project/Problem-Based Learning Plans centered around agricultural topics at every grade level!  

Minnesota AgMag & AgMag Jr.  

Online ag activities for learners at all grade levels!