Agriculture in the Classroom
Classroom Presentations
            As a new school year begins, so do the countless opportunities for teachers to take advantage of FREE resources from the Lake County Farm Bureau. 
 
            Each year the Lake County Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom program brings new and exciting activities that help to make the students in Lake County more aware of how the production of our food and fiber takes place.  Agriculture in the Classroom is filled with unique activities and learning materials that are fun AND educational!  We are always willing to consider implementing your ideas, and are open to any ideas about how the program may be enhanced.  Please feel free to suggest new ways to educate the youth in Lake County about the importance of agriculture. Please visit our "Contact Us" page and send us a message with your idea! 
 
            The Lake County Farm Bureau would like to encourage you to take the opportunity to review the following benefits that are offered through the Agriculture in the Classroom program.  Please take this opportunity to then pass this information on to principals and teachers in your area to help promote the outstanding programs that are available through AITC!
 
            The Lake County Agriculture in the Classroom Program  works to ensure teachers in Lake County have resources at their fingertips to incorporate agriculture into their curriculum, as well as provide agricultural education opportunities for children in Lake County.  
 
 
Topics
  
         The following is a list of the presentations offered by the Lake County Farm Bureau Agriculture in the Classroom program. The presentations are broken down by which age range they are best suited for, but these are not hard limitations. Our team of presenters can edit the content to apply best to your classroom.
 
 
Kindergarten Presentations
Apples
Baa, Moo, Oink
Bees, Pollination and Honey
Corn and Soybeans
Dairy
Earth Day
Farm Animals
Green Eggs and Ham
Harvest
Poultry
Pumpkins
Seeds: Grow Your Name
 
First and Second Grade Presentations
Apples
Bees: Jobs in the Hive
Corn and Soybeans
Cranberries
Dairy
Earth Day
Farmers
Farm Animals
Green Eggs and Ham
Harvest
IL Farm Products
Nutrition
Planting Seeds
Pumpkins
Soils
Three Sisters
 
Third and Fourth Grade Presentations
 Apples
Bees: Jobs in the Hive
Corn and Soybeans
Dairy
Earth Day
Farm Economics
Farmers
Harvest
IL Farm Products
Nutrition
Pumpkins
Poultry
Three Sisters
 
Fifth and Sixth Grade Presentations
Bees, Pollination and Honey
Chicken and Eggs
Corn and Soybeans
Dairy
Farm Economics
Fabrics from the Farm
Recycling on the Farm
Role of Agriculture in Ancient Civilizations
Soil
Products of Trees
 
Seventh and Eighth Grade Presentations
Bees, Pollination and Honey
Farm Economics
Fabrics from the Farm
Role of Agriculture in Ancient Civilizations
Products of Trees
Recycling on the Farm
 
Specialty Presentations
Arbor Day Trees
Career Day
Discovery Day
Giant Pizza
  • Farmers
  • Fractions
  • Nutrition
 
  
Benefits of Agriculture in the Classroom
            This past year our team of presenters provided more than 340 presentations, reaching more than 8,000 students! These presentations are available throughout the school year. We are proud to provide children in Lake County with a chance to connect with agriculture, a crucial part of our community that few children know much about. 
 
 AITC Grants
            Each year the Lake County Farm Bureau also provides a number of $250 grants to teachers in our county who would like to incorporate agriculture into their classrooms.  Some of the most common grant requests that receive funding include starting school gardens, growing herbs with indoor gardens, and purchasing agriculturally-related learning materials.
 
            This past school year the AITC program provided eight grants to teachers.  There are always more grants available, so we encourage any teachers to apply.  The upcoming school year’s grants are currently available, and will be due to the Farm Bureau office by November 6, 2015.
 
 Educator Field Trip
            Every summer the Lake County Farm Bureau’s AITC program offers a trip that allows teachers to gain first-hand experience of local agribusinesses in Lake, Cook, and McHenry Counties.  This trip offers CPDUs or grad credit as options upon completion.  The trip received great reviews, and we are always looking for new teachers to join us next summer!