Agriculture Education Toolkit
Hello educators, and thank you for visiting the USA Science and Engineering Festival! This web page is a compilation of resources that will help you to enhance agriculture education in your classroom.The National Agriculture in the Classroom homepage offers educational resources for students and teachers that combine agriculture with math, sciences, and the arts. The National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix enables educators to search for agriculture-related lesson plans by grade, subject, or national education standards. Teachers can find classroom-ready resources and store them in personalized binders. For additional assistance in identifying events and activities that provide agriculture-enhanced learning, teachers can reach out to contacts within the National Agriculture in the Classroom State Programs.
The USDA also provides several great resources for teachers. For example, the New Farmers website features many ways to introduce agriculture into your classroom. Its Young Farmers page illustrates how farming and ranching can be very exciting endeavors. The Agricultural Research Service’s Sci4Kids website offers science fair project ideas, teacher resources, and podcasts. The Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Fight Bac! website offers food safety experiments and lesson plans. The USDA and Purdue University’s Living Science website teaches high school students and the general public about careers in agriculture.
In addition, several other federal agencies offer great online educational resources. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Energy Kids website provides information for teachers and students about topics relating to energy use and conservation. Learning and Teaching about the Environment is a website by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that offers K-12 students and educators access to quality homework resources, lesson plans, and project ideas about the environment. The National Institutes of Health’s We Can! national movement has a Portion Distortion website that educates K-12 students about how portion control relates to caloric intake and body weight management.
Finally, NIFA administers a funding opportunity for enhancing the quality of K-12 instruction in the food and agriculture sciences. The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program primarily seeks to promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences. Ultimately, SPECA aims to build the next generation of a qualified workforce in the FANH sciences.
|National Agriculture in the Classroom homepage||National Agriculture in the Classroom|
|National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix||National Agriculture in the Classroom|
|National Agriculture in the Classroom State Programs||National Agriculture in the Classroom|
|New Farmers||USDA New Farmers|
|Young Farmers||USDA New Farmers|
|Sci4Kids||USDA Agriculture Research Service|
|Fight Bac!||USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service|
|Living Science||USDA and Purdue University|
|Energy Kids||Energy Information Administration|
Learning and Teaching about the Environment
|Environmental Protection Agency|
|Portion Distortion||National Institutes of Health|
|Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA)||USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture|