Middle School Agriculture Education

Nutrition, history, environmental science, economics, literature, art and math, community service – the world of agriculture is a rich and diverse field for interdisciplinary studies, especially in middle school!

Teachers of middle school students know that this high energy group can be especially motivated to investigate, build, demonstrate and display their passions for the planet and their communities. Incorporating ag and natural resources curriculum is a powerful way to engage motivated students!

COURSE INFORMATION

Our 7-week virtual course, “Infusing Agriculture in the Middle School Classroom” begins Monday, October 16th online and runs through Friday, December 10th.

Teachers who successfully complete the course will earn 3 MSDE CPD credits!

For more information, please contact Peggy Eppig, Middle School & Natural Resources Education Director, at peppig@maefonline.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Register here: https://ranger.goucher.edu/gradmis/maefmsreg.aspx

 

A special thank you to Rural Maryland Council for supporting this professional development course.

Middle School Teacher Resources

Teachers of middle school students know that this high energy group can be especially motivated to investigate, build, demonstrate and display their passions for the planet and their communities. Incorporating ag and natural resources curriculum is a powerful way to engage motivated students!

Agriculture Education Curriculum Resources

Delmarva Chicken Association Resources

MAEF Lessons:

Creating the perfect chicken sandwich is much more than layering ingredients on a bun. It begins on a farm and ends on your plate. Let’s dive deeper into making a perfect chicken sandwich with an exploration of the careers involved in this important process.

Natural Resource Education Links

Want to learn more about natural resource education in Maryland? There are many organizations that provide curriculum training, field trip opportunities, and lesson plans for middle school students. Take a look at some of the programs below and stay tuned for new MAEF curricular materials coming in 2020 for middle school educators!

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE)

MAEOE is a partnering organization that promotes sustainable practices in schools throughout Maryland. MAEOE runs and organizes that Maryland Green Schools Program. Through this program, schools go through an application process to make their school more environmentally friendly. This organization has fantastic resources on its website that educate about the importance of sustainability in Maryland!

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Department of Natural Resources: Project Wild!

This set of curricula educates PreK-12 students about natural resources and environmental education. Each curriculum is aligned with many curricular standards to meet the needs of your classroom. DNR hold training sessions for Maryland teachers at little to no cost to the the teacher. To find out more about these opportunities, please visit the following link:

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https://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/Education/ProjectWILD.aspx

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is a program that educates K-12 students about tree diversity, conservation, and career opportunities in environmental science and biology. Periodic training is offered to teachers on a yearly basis. For more information about the program, training dates, and curricular resources, please visit the link below.

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Leopold Education Project

This nationally acclaimed professional development workshop introduces students and teachers to the work, life and legacy of Aldo Leopold, Father of Conservation Agriculture and the Land Ethic. This one-day workshop is based upon Leopold’s most well-known book, A Sand County Almanac, that all participants receive, along with a curriculum guide and supplementary materials. Through literature, observation and engagement with the working landscape, and the history of conservation policy and practice, the LEP provides teachers with ideas for conservation, sustainability and stewardship education. In addition, MAEF provides consultation in how to adapt the curriculum to particular needs and audiences, K-12. Perfect for designing Environmental Literacy experiences on campus or off!

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Careers in Agriculture

MAEF strives to provide resources that allow for the exploration of careers in agriculture and can connect you with the professionals who are currently employed in those careers. If you have specific questions or would like to be put in contact with an agricultural professional, please reach out to peppig@maefonline.com.

 

Looking for Career-Focused Lessons?

 

Check out the list of websites below for some curricular resources and projects to implement career awareness in your classrooms! 

MAEF Lessons:

Creating the perfect chicken sandwich is much more than layering ingredients on a bun. It begins on a farm and ends on your plate. Let’s dive deeper into making a perfect chicken sandwich with an exploration of the careers involved in this important process.


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Interested in a career?

Download our Career Brochure here or contact us about receiving a bundle for your office or classroom: Careers Brochure