Ag in the Classroom
AG MAGS are four page, colorful magazines for kids. They contain information about agriculture, bright pictures, activities and career info. Ag Mags come in packs of 30 and are FREE to Illinois educators. Paper copies can be obtained through our office. For a complete list of Ag Mags that are available please click here.
GRANTS: Need some extra money for a project in your classroom? The Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program has grant money available for teachers. Teachers can apply for up to $250 for non-consumable materials for their classroom project. Grants are due on October 1 of each year.
AG BOOKS: We have a collection of accurate ag books that we are willing to share. Click here to see a complete list of books. Contact our office to check one out.
LOANER KITS: The following kits are available to check out from our office, please call to reserve them.
- The Wheat We Eat: (PreK-3) This kit contains wheat stalks, wheat kernels, a grinder for the kernels, storybooks and a lesson plan binder to help you share this Illinois crop, planted in the fall and harvested in June, with your class.
- Adventures Around the Farm: (PreK-3) A binder full of lesson ideas, animal stamps, storybooks, non-fiction books, corn, soybean and wheat seeds and activity books are all included in this kit.
- Seasons on the Farm: (PreK-3) Everything you need to start teaching about seasons on the farm, a binder of lesson ideas, fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs and seasonal stamps.
- Hatching Chicks: We have everything you need to hatch chicks available to borrow and use in your classroom. We can include a visit to talk about egg embryology or we will include a binder with possible lesson plans related to hatching chicks. We can also aid you in finding fertile eggs to incubater and homes for your chicks after they hatch.
For more information on our Ag in the Classroom Program,
please contact Donna Zwilling AT
What is Ag in the Classroom?
Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a statewide educational program. Its goal is to help students and teachers gain awareness of agriculture in their daily lives. By having agriculture educators come into classrooms, camps, afterschool programs, clubs and more, students learn about the agriculture industry and take part in hands-on activities that enrich the lesson.
Richland County Farm Bureau currently provides AITC visits to all 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Richland County Elementary School, St. Joseph School and East Orchard Academy approximately once a month during the school year. We strive to help children make connections between items they use (such as pencils, t-shirts, and lunch) and activities they do in everyday life (like playing soccer and riding the bus) and agriculture by providing interesting and interactive learning opportunities. We also provide resources and workshops to help educators incorporate agriculture into science, math, reading, writing and social studies.
SCENES FROM APRIL AG IN THE CLASSROOM LESSONS