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California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Conference Highlights - 2015

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Conference Workshops

October 22-24, 2015
The Queen Mary
Long Beach, California

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Title: Lessons Learned

Grades: 3-5
Presenter: Browning Neddeau, California State University, Monterey Bay
Description: Lessons Learned will integrate arts and agriculture across the curriculum in grades 3-5. Participants will engage in Common Core State Standards-aligned lessons that integrate the arts and agriculture in meaningful ways. The lessons are grounded in the Four C's of the Common Core and Studio Habits of Mind. Participants will leave the workshop with lesson ideas that can be implemented the next school day.

Title: Projects for Teaching Organic Agriculture in the Classroom

Grades: 4-8
Presenter: Jessica Parr, California Certified Organic Farmers
Description: As certified organic agriculture is a growing portion of the farming landscape in California, teaching about the distinctions of organic agriculture to the K-8 audience has become increasingly important. This workshop will clarify what organic farming is and provide project ideas that integrate the concept of organic farming into the classroom. Examples include organic fruit tree care, classroom compost making, integrated pest management lessons and raising animals organically.

Title: Connecting Food Literacy + Nutrition into the Classroom, Cafeteria and Home

Grades: K-8
Presenters: Devin Welch and Tracy Conkey, Dairy Council of California
Description: Food provides students with a real-world context for practicing critical skills that prepare them for college and career. Explore with us how the subject of nutrition is cross-curricular and naturally aligns to the Common Core State Standards. Learn about new free resources and strategies to bring the farm to school and bring food literacy into the classroom, cafeteria and home!

Title: Fuel Greatness

Grades: K-12
Presenter: Amber Valenzuela, California Milk Advisory Board & Fuel Up to Play 60
Description: Empowering youth, schools and communities to implement healthy changes across the nation. Learn how you can incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into your lesson plans while encouraging student leadership. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a fun program sponsored by dairy farmers and The National Football League (NFL) that helps you make your school an even healthier place. And the best part? You get to put your ideas and plans into action to help everyone eat healthy snacks/meals and get active. Come learn how you can fuel greatness in your students and community.

Title: Under Your Feet: The Science of Soil

Grades: 6-8
Presenter: Rick Phillips, Simplot Agribusiness
Description: Need to add life to your soil science lessons? This workshop includes activities to make your soil unit a success, such as examining plant essential nutrients and soil properties. Come learn about all the educational resources and materials Nutrients for Life has to offer you.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Title: What's Bugging You?

Grades: 4-6
Presenter: Sue Squires, Los Olivos Elementary School
Description: Pest management is an important component of agricultural production and healthy living. This session will review a lesson that teaches students about the agricultural pests around their homes and what attracts these pests. Then students will research how they can be controlled. This lesson is aligned to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Title: Power of a Flower

Grades: 3-7
Presenters: Judy Honerkamp, Bauer Speck Arts Magnet Elementary School and Christina Wilkinson, Lillian Larsen Elementary School
Description: When viewing a landscape what is the first thing that catches your eye? Flowers - beautiful, bright flowers. Flowers give shelter and food and make certain there will be another generation of plants. Through engaging STEM activities, participants will explore the "Power of a Flower." Activities span grades 3 -7 and include special education, flower examination, researching pollinators, engineering flower designs and integrating math reasoning.

Title: Rain Gardens - The Dirt on Clean Water

Grades: K-12
Presenters: Dixie Sandborn, Michigan State University Extension
Description: This session will highlight the science behind rain gardens and how run-off water is filtered through the soil to help keep contaminants out of our ground water supply. Rain gardens are beautiful, and a great way to teach environmental stewardship. Many educational standards will be met while planning and building a rain garden. Rain gardens can also serve as a community outreach project.

Title: A Novel Approach to Safe Food Handling Education

Grades: 7-12
Presenters: Dr. Christine Bruhn and Dr. Betty Feng
Description: Foodborne illness is an important public health issue in the United States. Although people are aware of food handling guidelines, few practice them. 48 million illnesses and 3,000 deaths are caused by foodborne illnesses each year. This workshop designed for grades 7 - 12 will describe a novel educational approach to safe food handling, to help prevent foodborne illnesses in your community.

Title: Planting Seeds of Health: Teen Garden Corp

Grades: 9-12
Presenters: Debra and Lee Mason, Bay Point Community Foundation
Description: The Teen Garden Corp program is a six-week summer program for youth between the ages of 14 and 20. Youth participate in engaging activities where they learn about gardening, nutrition, leadership, job skills and community service. Learn how to leverage resources in your community to provide this kind of program for the youth you serve.

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