Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 20-24, 2017
- How does the Ag Literacy Week program work?
- About this year's book
- Educator Resources
- Ag Literacy Week archive
- I want to be a Literacy Volunteer
- I would like a Literacy Volunteer to visit my classroom
- Sponsor a book for your local school
How Does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) Work?
In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The book will be donated to the school or classroom library with a bookplate recognizing the donor and NY Agricultural Literacy Week. 2,000 books were donated last year while thousands of second graders participated in fun and educational activities.
2017 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 20th and runs through Friday, March 24th.
Start to Finish the program takes about 30 minutes per classroom.
- Literacy Volunteers work with their county coordinators to set up visits to their local schools.
- Volunteers read to students in first through third grade classrooms.
- Following the reading, volunteers conduct an activity with students and share their experiences in agriculture.
All activity materials are prepared by NYAITC and schools get to keep a copy of the book for their school or classroom library.
About This Year's Book
The Grapes Grow Sweet
By Lynne Tuft and Illustrated by Tessa DeCarlo
With the advent of New York's booming grape industries we are proud to feature a book that so wonderfully captures this way of life for over 1,600 family-owned vineyards in our state. New York ranks third nationally in grape production, with 75% of grapes produced being made into grape juice and the other 25% processed into wine and used in the craft beverage industry.
STEM careers and post-secondary opportunities related to the grape industry are also growing in our state; from grape production, research, crop management, processing, tourism, and hospitality. It will be essential for our students to understand the importance of grapes as an economic driver in communities across New York, and develop an awareness for future career possibilities. All lessons, activities, and companion materials are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.
This resource provides the lesson plan information for the featured taste-testing activity for this year, along with vocabulary, domain connections, and alignment to the Common Core Learning Standards.
Prepare your students for their Agricultural Literacy Week visit by reviewing the vocabulary they will hear in the book.
Use these resources and read three profiles of NYS grape growers, use the provided crossword puzzle and word search to reinforce vocabulary, learn how to give an interview, and find classroom-friendly recipes.
Agricultural Litracy Week Archive
Now in its 13th Year, Agricultural Literacy Week has helped to bring agriculturally themed books and resources into thousands of classrooms and libraries throughout New York State.
Click here to explore past years books and resources.
Follow the link below to volunteer as a reader for Agricultural Literacy Week. Your information will be sent to your county coordinator.
Would you like a volunteer to read and lead an activity in your classroom? Please click the link below and your information will be sent to the county coordinator.
Sponsorships & Donations
Would you like to fund the purchase of one or more books?
The books are $12 each and will be donated to the school library after being read.
Send your donation to your county coordinator (make checks payable to Cornell University and indicate "Ag Literacy Week" in the memo line). Donors will be recognized on a special bookplate. You may choose to have your donated book sent to a specific school, or to read it yourself to your local school.