PDCH Workshop for Educators Held Sept.29
On Sept. 29, the Cook County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program held a free PDCH workshop for educators. The workshop featured ILAITC book and project grants and accompanying activities.
During the workshop, the teachers designed a blueprint of a chicken coop and then made a 3-D representation using playing cards. They learned about pumpkins and received a printout with local pumpkin patch locations. They became pumpkin investigators by first predicting the weight and circumference of pumpkins and then determining whether their pumpkin will roll and float. They created problem-solving inventions, learned about pollinators, including bees and monarch butterflies, read about rice-growers in Cahokia and a tofu factory in Chicago, and were able to make rice dance using vinegar and baking soda. Relevant Ag Mags and Ag Adventure worksheets were discussed, and teachers received bundles of Ag Mags for their classrooms.
Two upcoming workshops are scheduled for educators: “Branching Out into Tree Science” on November 15, and “Earth, Water, and Soil” on March 8.
Teacher Lorelei Buen learns that pumpkins float in water during CCFB's PDCH workshop on Sept 29.