2009 California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference

October 23-24, 2009 - Rohnert Park, CA

Make 'n' Take Sessions

1. Distance Learning with State Parks
Presenter: Heather McCummins, California State Parks
The Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) program is a distance learning program that utilizes the power of California’s K-12 High Speed Network (HSN) and video-conferencing to present academic content standards in the context of State Parks. PORTS can be easily integrated into teaching nutrition, school gardens and agriculture.
Distance Learning with California State Parks (PDF)

2. Classroom/Indoor Gardens
Presenter: Lisa Piehl, Santa Rosa High School agriculture
Discover exciting ways to bring small gardens and plants into your classroom! Each participant will create a take home project to share with their students.
Handout (PDF, 55 KB)

3. Educating Outside the Classroom
Presenter: Amy Wolfe, Agriculture Awareness and Literacy Foundation
The Ag Awareness and Literacy Foundation together with CA Women for Agriculture is launching a state-of-the art traveling exhibit that will educate children and their families about the role of agriculture in their everyday lives. Learn about this exciting project and many ways of educating outside the classroom!

4. Fabulous Farm and Ranch Tours
Presenter: Brenda Lacey, Lone Pine High School
Learn the basics of how to plan and execute a terrific day at the farm. Get tips on connecting with local FFA programs, ranches or farms, or just be inspired by your own school and classroom. Participants will receive plans for a hands-on activity to incorporate into their visits.

6. Garden-Related Nutrition Education Resources
Presenter: Eric Hazzard, CA Department of Education
Explore three garden-related nutrition education resources linked to the California Content Standards: Nutrition to Grow On (grades 4-6); Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food (grades K-7); and Eating Healthy from Farm to Fork (grades K-2). Receive sample lessons and activities.
Handout (PDF, 251 KB)

7. Germination Station
Presenter: Katherine Poteet, National Ag Science Center
Teachers will make “The Germinator,” a quick, simple, multi-faceted teaching tool. The Germinator not only uses recycled materials to sprout seeds but encourages crosscurricular exercises including geometry, measurement, estimating, seed selection and the discussion of how pollutants can affect seed growth.

8. Habitat for Hooters
Presenter: Janet Barth, Habitat for Hooters
Habitats for Hooters (HfH) is a 501(c)(3) program dedicated to improving wildlife stewardship. HfH uses a youth orientated vineyard service program to establish nest boxes. Learn how schools, businesses and the public can collect barn owl data through a barn owl banding program.

9. Handy Hot House for Pennies and Seeds
Presenter: Nancy Harris, retired teacher, Chatom Elementary School
Make your own handy hot house, complete with seeds and a journal. Acquire lesson ideas that can be adapted for any grade level and most subject areas. Participants will take home a variety of seeds to plant in the school garden.
Handy Hot House (PDF, 226 KB)
Handy Hot House 2 (PDF, 209 KB)

10. Helpful Hydrogels
Presenter: Megan Osbourn, Sutter-Yuba 4-H Youth Development
Water is everywhere—in the sky, on the ground and inside our homes. Scientists and engineers have developed super absorbent polymers, called hydrogels, which can help preserve our water resources. This experiment will investigate hydrogels secretly at work in millions of households across the country.

11. Imagine this... Meeting State Standards
Presenter: Mary Pat Jones, Our Lady of the Assumption School
The story writing contest gives students an opportunity to use their creativity and express their understanding of agriculture while meeting CA Content Standards. Research and background ideas, activities, and student stories will be shared.
Imagine this... (PDF)

12. Interactive California Grown Map
Presenter: Maile Shanahan Geis, Buy California Marketing Agreement
California is the #1 agriculture state in the nation! Learn where some of the 300+ California crops are grown using photos of food items clipped from grocery store ads and a map of California. Discover where food is grown in various regions of the state, and take this lesson back to the classroom for your students to enjoy!
California Produces

13. Make More Houseplants
Presenter: Don Borges, Modesto Jr. College
Don’t break the bank! Instead of buying new houseplants, propagate your own in a special pot. Educators find new ways to incorporate plant propagation into classroom learning. Modesto Junior College agriculture education students—future teachers—will assist in this presentation.
Making More Plants (PDF, 318 KB)

14. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle with Beef
Presenter: Christie Van Egmond, California Beef Council
Investigate how cattle reduce, reuse and recycle by converting forages that might otherwise be in landfills, into a healthy food supply for humans. Participants will construct their own mini compost bin and discover how students can reduce, reuse and recycle garbage. Two teaching kits aligned to CA Content Standards will accompany the session.
Resource Order Form (PDF, 233 KB)
Mini-Compost Bin - Steps (PDF, 266 KB)
Mini-Compost Bin - Lesson (PDF, 2.1 MB)
Beef Cattle: Reducers and Reusers

15. Savory Stone Soup
Presenter: Judy Huffaker, Alhambra Unified School District
Take an adventure as you explore the ‘real’ stone soup. Participants will learn strategies for integrating savory stone soup into various curriculum areas; language arts, math, health/nutrition and science. Discover the key ingredients to health beyond the stone!

16. Seasons through the Year
Presenter: Elmer Eckart, California Food, Land and People
Receive an overview of Food, Land & People’s resources for learning. Attendees will participate in Seasons through the Year, make a booklet about the seasons and start a grocery bag “ag vest.” Materials correlated to the Content Standards.

17. Seed to Table
Presenter: Mike Cromwell and Heidi Vietor, Vintage High School Faculty
You have a garden, now what? Learn how to bring the garden into the kitchen with culinary programs. Participants will sample a farm-fresh egg and vegetable frittata as they discuss how to bring cooking into the classroom.
Handout (PDF, 13 KB)

18. Take a Genetic Code with You
Presenter: Carol Schutt, James C. Enochs High School
Learn how to remove and preserve the DNA from fruits. Participants will discover how the genetic sequence has been determined in order to understand how living things are what they are.

19. Tree Cookies
Presenter: Shaney Emerson, The Forest Foundation
Tree cookies are a fun way to teach students about plant structures and functions, photosynthesis and our dependence on healthy forests for all that they provide. This lesson is aligned to California Content Standards for science and incorporates a writing activity.

20. What are Fertilizers? Where Do They Come From?
Presenter: Pamela Emery, California Fertilizer Foundation
Learn where plant nutrients come from and what they do for plants during this interactive session with activity handouts.
Handout (PDF, 99 KB)