National Agriculture in the Classroom
The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and its member programs in most of the 50 states including the District of Columbia implement Agriculture in the Classroom programming by providing educational resources and other state-operated programs that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other subject areas. The mission of Agriculture in the Classroom is to “increase agricultural literacy through K-12 education. By encouraging teachers to embed agriculture into their classroom, AITC cultivates an understanding and appreciation of the food and fiber system that we all rely on every day
As a teacher you can achieve these goals:
- Contextualize science, social studies, and nutrition concepts in agricultural content that provides meaning for students;
- Elevate engagement with 5Emodel lessons for increased achievement;
- Increase agricultural literacy among your students who will have a better understanding and be able to make decisions about the resources, science, and technology used to meet their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
Access the following resources:
- An online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers
- Lesson plans and fun quizzes for teachers and students
- State agricultural facts
- Project/Problem-Based Learning Plans
- Virtual tours
- Agricultural Games & WebQuests
In this lesson, students will learn that agriculture provides nearly all of the products we rely on in any given day by participating in a relay where they match an everyday item with its “source.”
Students will explain why people have different opinions regarding soil management and identify cause and effect relationships relating to agriculture and the environment.
In this lesson students learn about water sources, water pollution, and water protection. Students participate in an activity where they demonstrate the water cycle and see the potential for our water supply to become contaminated.
This lesson introduces the importance of bumble bees and other pollinators. Using a case study approach, students will examine bumble bee population surveys and use the scientific method to discuss possible causes for the decline of pollinators. Students will then determine which land management conservation strategies in agricultural ecosystems are most successful in attracting and supporting bumble bee populations.
Access the entire curriculum
All lesson plans (the entire collection) are free and available 24/7 on the National Agriculture in the Classroom website.