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We Are Cooking Up Fun

April 27 - May 1

Cooking is fun, educational, and delicious! Join us this week as we use agriculture in the kitchen

Join Us the Week of April 13, 2020 As We Look and Learn

Opportunities to learn are everywhere! We look...
Join us as we learn about the things we see in our everyday lives.

Video Series

Short and Sweet Home Learning

Enjoy a visit to the farm without leaving your home. Join us as we explore dairy cows, ruminant animals, feed, chicks and more. Ideas to use for educators and "new parent teachers".

E-Learning

On-Line Lessons

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) and the state agriculture education system are offering online lessons and resources to help educators, parents, and students, especially while schools statewide are closed.

Ag Mags

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.

Teacher Resources

Illinois Ag in the Classroom

Illinois Ag in the Classroom is a great resource year-round. It's filled with teacher resources and workshops, as well as other informative articles.

National Ag in the Classroom Matrix

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

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 adjusts them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.

Additional Links

Links to more information on a topic, or other places with a multitude of resources.

Ag Days

Interactive Day for 3rd Graders

Ag Day 2020 has been cancelled. We look forward to Ag Day 2021

Summer Professional Development

Summer Academy

All Summer Ag Academies for 2020 are cancelled. Check back in January 2021 to see new Professional Development summer options.

Free Teacher Workshop Opportunities

New Programs coming Fall of 2020

Thank you for attending our last workshop of the school year where we celebrated lessons for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Check back in August for our free 2020-21 teacher workshops.

Community Service

School "Dimes for Dairy" Results Amazing

Our 2020 service project has concluded. Click to see the results of five local schools right here in Cook County.

Grants

Grant Information & Applications

Spring 2020 Mini-Grant

Grants can be used for classroom lessons on the topics of soil, plants, water, horticulture or environmental science.

Learning Kits

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.

Adopt-a-Classroom

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.

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