Imagine this... Story Writing Contest - State Winners!
Six state winners and two honorable mentions have been chosen from thousands of stories written by students from across California. These creative tales describe how agriculture is an integral part of the state and demonstrate the quality of appreciation for farming and ranching that the authors have achieved. Each story will be published in a soft cover book. The state winning stories will be fully illustrated by high school art students. The book will be released during National Ag Week, March 16-22, 2008, and stories will be available online after January 11. Congratulations!
What's Growin' On? Teacher's Supplement
The Teacher's Supplement to the sixth edition of What's Growin' On?, Planting Healthy Lives, is now available! Use this teaching guide, aligned to state standards, to extend the topics and classroom activities presented in the student newspaper. Includes word search, crossword, bee math, critical thinking and creative writing prompts, and more.
Download from the CFAITC Web site or receive a hard copy when you request a class set of the newspapers.
Try these workshops, and more from the CSGN and CFAITC Event Calendar, for inspiration when bringing gardens to your students.
How many types of honeydew melons are there? How many calories are there in a carrot? How many ways can a chestnut be eaten? Visit Producepedia, a new site from Western Growers, to learn about California's and Arizona's commodities and the farmers that produce them. Includes history, nutrition, fun facts, seasonality, and "Face of a Farmer" profiles.
Visit www.producepedia.com to learn more about your favorite fruit, vegetable, or nut.
Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration
Spring Projects begin Feb. 1, 2008
Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, birds, and other mammals, plus the budding of plants, changing sunlight and other natural events. This free program includes online database to track findings with mapped reports, standards-based lesson plans, and teacher resources. How do wildlife and the environment affect agriculture?
Visit www.learner.org/jnorth to register and learn about this season's projects.
Improve your vocabulary and help provide a staple to hundreds of thousands across the world. For each correct answer to the multiple choice definition quiz, 20 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme (United Nations) to populations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and more. The very real results of this virtual game are funded by a banner ad displayed on each page.
To participate, visit www.freerice.com, to learn more about fighting hunger, visit www.wfp.org.