Enrollment Now CLOSED for Spring Semester 2020!
Our 8-week hybrid course, “Infusing Agriculture in the Elementary Classroom” began 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.
“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!”
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!”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Lessons & Activities:
- Before, During, and After Reading Activities List
- 1-3 Writing – Design Your Own Silly Sandwich (E-Learning Option!)
- K-1 Math – Food Sources Match & Graph (E-Learning Option!)
- 2-3 Math – Food Sources Match & Graph (E-Learning Option!)
- K-3 Science – Healthy Local Plate (Design/Sort)
- Fun Activity – PB&J Coloring Page
- Fun Activity (K-2) – Label a Peanut Plant – From NAITC
- Fun Activity (K-2) – Label Peanut Plant (Answer Key )- from NAITC
- Hands-On Activity (All Grades) – Wheat Grinding & History
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)
- Ag Literacy 2019 Invitation to Participate & Order Books
- K-1 Science – Food Sources
- 2-3 Science – Food Sources
- 2-3 Science – Food Sources Answer Key
- K-1 ELA – Main Idea & Details
- 2-3 ELA – Main Idea & Details
- K-1 Writing – Story Response Writing
- 2-3 Writing – Story Response Writing
- K-1 Math – Counting & Drawing
- 2-3 Math – Word Problems
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.
- The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen Lesson
- Farm to Table Cows-Milk-Cream-Butter Newspaper
- A Holstein Dairy Cow – worksheet
- Ag Literacy Cow Lesson
- From Farm to Table Eggs newspaper
- Chicken Anatomy – worksheet
- Ag Literacy Chicken Lesson
- Ag Literacy Maple Syrup Lesson
- A Legend about How Maple Syrup was First Made
- Maple Syrup Poster
- Maple Weather Calendar
About Our Mobile Science Labs
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 email@example.com or 410-939-9030 for more information or to reserve a lab for your school.
** The Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation (MAEF) recognizes the importance of good sanitation practices in protecting the health of students in our mobile labs and guests in our showcases.
Per the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, MAEF attendants and teachers use bleach-based disposable wipes and cleaners to sanitize our showcases and labs. When possible, teachers wipe down high-touch areas in labs between classes. Labs are cleaned daily and deep cleaned at the end of every week to deliver a fresh lab to the next school.
Showcases are wiped down daily and thoroughly cleaned between events.
MAEF regularly reminds our staff to follow our cleaning protocols closely, wash their hands often, stay home when sick, and dispense hand sanitizer to students when they arrive at the lab and before they leave.
We work closely with our schools and school districts as well as the events we attend to maintain a safe and healthy environment within our labs and showcases for our employees and guests.
For schools booking the mobile science labs:
How Does the Mobile Science Lab Work?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
- Art of Making Cheese
- Banana DNA
- Colorful Bean
- Corn to Plastic
- Cream to Butter
- Egg-citing Eggs
- Fabric Scientists – Cotton
- Fabric Scientists – Wool
- Fiber Up for a Clean Sweep
- Glue from Milk
- How Well Do You Wash
- Mighty Smooth Bean
- Snack Attack
- Spinning & Dyeing Wool
- Sugar Sheriffs
- Super Slurper
- Thirsty Stems
- Using Genetics to Improve Agriculture
- Well Contamination
- Yeast Action
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
Fun and educational website about cows and milk with facts, contests, games, and recipes.
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.
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.
Reproducible, educational Chicken from the Egg to Your Table helps students learn more about chicken and how it is produced.
California’s Ag in the Classroom site has teacher lessons, links, and a kids’ corner.
Sign-up to download the entire interactive AgSploration curriculum from UMD Extension. Great hands-on lesson plans!
MPT highlights local farms and ag-based endeavors in this engaging series.
Perfect for use in the classroom! These clips are searchable by grade level and subject area.
A comprehensive list of agriculture literature searchable by grade level, publication type, and topic.
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!
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
- The following lessons on agriculture have been peer reviewed and evaluated as examples of high quality NGSS design.
- Grade 2: Why is Our Corn Changing
- Grade 5: From Sun to Food
A collection of Project/Problem-Based Learning Plans centered around agricultural topics at every grade level!
Online ag activities for learners at all grade levels!