Cream of the Crop

September 2010

In this issue:
Teacher Feature - Debbi Hoy
1. Upcoming AITC Deadlines
2. Operation Kitchen Impossible
3. Grand National School Tours (at the Cow Palace)
4. Sustainable Living and Gardening for Home and School Environment
5. Know A California Farmer
6. Disney's Planet Challenge
7. Germination Lesson
8. Cheese Science: As Gouda as TV Gets
9. Life Lab Workshops
10. New to AITC?
News - Going green
Resources
County - Local Events

Teacher Feature
Debbi Hoy
6th-8th grade teacher
Grenada Elementary School
Siskiyou County

What is your favorite AITC program/resource/event and why?
The essay contest!!! The students have the role models of our 6 previous state winners, they get to be really out-of-the-box creative and they get to stretch their writing skills. The essay contest hits on all the important levels. read more...

1. Upcoming AITC Deadlines
Don't miss these dates!

2. Operation Kitchen Impossible
"Food Safety: From Farm to Fork" has been updated with a new lesson where students become the head chef in a virtual kitchen. They will use mathematical knowledge, problem-solving skills and food safety guidelines to help Chef Al Fredo prepare a safe and nutritious meal. They will also learn safety tips like FIFO (first in, first out) and the temperatures that food must reach to be considered safe.
The updates to pages 7 and 8 are made possible by input from the California Beef Council. Download the booklet from www.learnaboutag.org/foodsafety.

3. Grand National School Tours (at the Cow Palace)
Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
Attention Bay Area teachers! Bring your class to the Cow Palace for a milking demonstration, a trick riding demonstration, a tour of the livestock barns, and an interactive and educational presentation by Barn Tours. Tours are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 noon, and last approximately 1.5 hours. Barn Tours are suitable for all grade levels, but meets standards for grades 3-4 (third grade: life sciences: 3a; fourth grade: life sciences: 2b, 3c). Complete the registration form to select your preferred tour time. If you are interested in bringing your class to the Cow Palace, but transportation costs are an issue, funding may be available. Please contact Vanessa Schneider at (559) 288-3475 or vadams@cowpalace.com to learn about transportation funding opportunities. More information about the historic Cow Palace is available at www.cowpalace.com.

4. Sustainable Living and Gardening for Home and School Environment
Oct. 2, 2010, Mendocino County
This workshop at the Ukiah Conference Center features gardening practitioner Caroline Keller. Breakout session topics include "Green Books: adult and children's literature," "sustainable gardening at school and home," "agriculture standards in the classroom with California standards," "sustainable living: tips and techniques for the home." The cost is $35.
For more information, and to register, contact Lorraine Avery.

5. Know A California Farmer
A new website to connect with California farmers is now available. Know A California Farmer is compilation of videos, photos, and blogs posted by farmers and ranchers. Watch, look, and read to learn more about their daily lives growing things that make life possible.

6. Disney's Planet Challenge
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2010
3rd through 8th grade teachers are invited to apply to receive matching funds, or full funding, for hands-on environmental projects through DonorsChoose.org and Disney's Planet Challenge. Up to $650 is available for projects on water conservation and watershed protection, recycling, composting, restoring/creating community gardens.
For more information, and to apply, visit http://disney.go.com/planetchallenge.

7. Germination Lesson
The germination lesson includes 20 germination kits with soil, sunflower seeds, and growth chart. Supporting materials feature Jack Sprout, a sunflower sprout that grew up to be a farmer.
To learn more, visit www.jacksprout.com.

8. Cheese Science: As Gouda as TV Gets
Cheese making was developed in ancient times as a way to preserve milk. Cheese is the result of many scientific processes and is also a craft practiced for generations. This website interviews scientists and cheesemakers who answer questions about cheese from milk to curd and provide insight on careers. Lesson plans are included on the site. www.uen.org/tv/cheese
For more ideas, subscribe to AgroWorld E-zine: www.agclassroom.org

9. Life Lab Workshops
These upcoming workshops are available through Life Lab Science Program in Santa Cruz County.

10. New to AITC?
Are you new to Agriculture in the Classroom? Request free resources from www.learnaboutag.org/request.



News

Going green
Story by Christine Souza

Imagine if you could take all the leftover potato peels and peach pits that end up in your kitchen and convert these scraps into energy to heat your home, power your television or wash your clothes. read more...

Resources

Lesson plan: Desktop Garden
Create a tiny garden for your students' desktop. Add small toys, rocks, labels or marbles to this oasis in a lid. www.learnaboutag.org/desktopgarden

Book: Lettuce Introduce You: Poems About Food by Laura Purdie Salas
Poems in various forms celebrate everything from watermelon to Brussels sprouts. ISBN 978-1-4296-1703-1

Resource: Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds
A classroom-based hands-on activity guide that integrates California Coastal Commission areas of critical concern (wetlands, coastal processes, marine debris and pollution, and endangered species) with California Science Content Standards. Also includes community action activities for all ages and grades. www.coastforyou.org

Website: California Garden Clubs
Promotes gardening, floral design, civic beautification, environmental responsibility and the exchange of information and ideas. www.californiagardenclubs.com

Local Events

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