Posted on the behalf of Alicia Burnett
If you eat, you need agriculture. If you wear clothes, you need agriculture. If you take medicine, live in a house or write with a pencil, you need agriculture.
Agricultural Education programs are more than cows, plows and sows. We foster genuine, lifelong learning for all students, regardless of their background or future goals.
Agriculture courses range from Agricultural Business to Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Horticulture, Agricultural Mechanics, Bioengineering, Floriculture, Natural Resources and Ecology Systems, Leadership Development and many others. Discovery Education and its partners have four programs to not only enhance these classes, but also to engage students no matter the grade level.
Here you will find educator resources designed to help you teach your students about the benefits of a healthy, protein-rich breakfast and show them how fresh foods, like eggs, make their way from the farm to their table. View all of the virtual field trips on demand here.
Is an engaging middle school educational program created to highlight the important role soil science plays in feeding our growing world. Check out all the resources available here.
Looking to teach your students about where food comes from? Check out the brand new Farming Spotlight with lesson plans, resources, and STEM activities for grades 3-8. Learn more here.
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® and Discovery Education have partnered on an exciting new initiative to engage urban youth with a first-hand glimpse into modern agriculture. Learn more here.
- Lesson plans are put together for teachers. Have you ever experienced one of those weeks where you feel like you have a million and one things to do and a lesson plan for tomorrow’s class is one of them? In each of the above programs you’ll find lesson plans put together to engage your students. These lesson plans have been well designed with the teacher in mind, but may be altered to fit personal or curricular needs.
- Virtual Field Trips! Bring the agriculture indoors to you with exciting trips to many places from all over the country on various topics.
- Activities to help enhance what was taught. Each of our programs utilize lesson plans that offer activities to help student grasp the concepts that are being taught.
- Farmer Spotlights gives students a chance to see someone that is doing exactly what we are teaching; being a positive agriculture role model. Many of these educators were in the students’ shoes at one point and have gained the knowledge to be in the spotlight for their excellent and outstanding work.
With all these great programs and partners, why not use their resources? Bring the fun to the classroom by checking out all that we have to offer. We would love to be utilized in your classroom!
Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, April 5 at 1PM ET as we learn more about “smart” farms and ranches as we explore critical issues in agriculture LIVE from the John Deere Headquarters in Moline, Ill.
To continue the National Ag Day celebration, Discovery Education and USFRA invite you to join educators and industry leaders to discuss best practices on how to integrate critical Ag content into your classroom via a Twitter Chat on Thursday, March 17 at 5PM ET using the hashtag #FarmlandChat.
Alicia is a student attending University of Wisconsin- Platteville and studying Agriculture Education. She has been a member of FFA in high school for 3 years and a member of collegiate FFA for 1 year. While in high school she was her FFA chapter reporter. She has competed in Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Agronomy Career Development Events. Alicia is also a member of the United States Pony Club and has been for the past 9 years. She currently holds a C2 Eventing Certification and has competed at National Championships for Pony Club at the Kentucky Horse Park for Show Jumping. She has trained with top instructors and National Examiners. Alicia has given mounted and unmounted pony club lessons to younger members for several years and enjoys every part of it. She hopes to continue teaching pony club and one day teach in her own agriculture classroom.