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Join Cook County Farm Bureau® as we explore themes of social class, sacrifice, food insecurity, and compassion. Through readings, group discussion, presentations, and a group work night at a local pantry, Book Club participants will also learn about Cook County agriculture.
2019 Workshops Coming Soon!
Earn 2 free Professional Development Credit Hours on various topics throughout the school year. Leave with a new appreciation for agriculture as well as lessons and activities to use in your classroom.
Grant Information & Applications
Teachers are urged to apply for these (up to) $300 classroom grants to incorporate new and exciting agriculture related topics into their existing classrooms. 2018-19 Teacher Grant Applications are now closed. Check back next July for new opportunities under www.agintheclasroom.org, Teacher Resources/Grants.
Summer Agriculture Institutes 1 & 2
The Summer Agriculture Institute: Tour farms to learn how food is grown, learn how to include agriculture in your STEM curriculum, connect food, fuel, fiber from farm to Chicago, experience active learning like driving a tractor/walking a corn field.
4-Page Colorful Ag Magazines for Kids
The Illinois Farm Bureau® Ag Mags contain information about agriculture, bright pictures, classroom activities and agricultural careers. Contact Cook County Farm Bureau® to receive copies for your classroom.
Free Classroom Kits
All kits are inclusive and designed to bring agriculture to life in your classroom with hands-on activities and exercises in math, science, social studies and language arts based on the CORE/Next Generation Science Standards.
Benefiting The Ronald McDonald Charities
Join the Cook County Farm Bureau as we host our annual Food Check Out Day benefiting the Ronald McDonald Charities of Chicagoland and NW Indiana.
Interactive Day for 3rd Graders
3rd graders learn about Cook County's agricultural world through a two-hour rotation of learning stations: Dairy Cows, Plants, Chickens, Cory & Soybeans, Horses and more.
Teach your classroom where food and fiber come from!
If you are a Chicago area teacher, your students can correspond with an Illinois farmer through the Adopt a Classroom Program. From fall to spring your classroom will interact with your Farm Writer and gain valuable knowledge through the farmer's experience.
Online Curriculum Map for K-12 Teachers
The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards.
Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.