Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 16-20, 2015
- How does the Ag Literacy Week program work?
- About this year's book
- Teacher 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.
2015 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 16th and runs through Friday, March 20th.
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
Weaving the Rainbow
by George Ella Lyon and Illustrated by Stephanie Anderson
The signature book for 2015 is Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon and illustrated by Stephanie Anderson. In this beautiful story a young girl leads the reader through the process of raising and caring for animals, with the end result of using their well-cared for fleece as the medium for her weaved artwork. Students will see the steps of shearing, carding, spinning, dying before she can to make a beautiful tapestry.
Fiber production, whether from sheep, goats, alpacas, or rabbits, is an important agricultural industry in New York State. The farmers who produce these animals must maintain proper nutrition and management of their flocks to ensure the best quality fleeces and end-result products. Fiber animals are often used as multi-purpose animals and also raised for their meat and milk. Agriculture is not always what we eat, but also what we wear. All lesson, activities, learning extensions, and companion resources are aligned to New York State and Common Core Learning Standards.
This comprehensive guide for educators will give you access to the felted marble lesson plan, Common Core Learning Standard alignment, domain connections, vocabulary, learning extensions, and more.
Developed by our friends at Utah Agriculture in the Classroom, students will consider the fabric component of agriculture by emphasizing the origins and processing of materials used in the production of clothing.
Also from Utah Agriculture in the Classroom, try these wool based hand-spinning and Kool-Aid dyeing experiential learning activities with your students. Also see the video tutorial for the hand-spinning, illustrating the ease of creating yarn with your students.
Use this NYS & Common Core aligned lesson to study clothing labels, research fabric production, and evaluate consumer options for their clothing.
Again this year the New York News Publishers Association has developed excellent resources to accompany Agricultural Literacy Week. Please check out their farmer profiles, information sheets on animal fiber, crossword puzzles, and information about purchasing a Kool-Aid Dyeing kit for your classroom.
A hands-on science program developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension for students in grades 2-5. This resource helps students communicate and observe how one science concept relates to both textile science and animal science. It encourages youth to be curious about their everyday encounters with fiber products and animals.
Activities based on fibers and textiles provide a familiar, relevant, and fun way to learn science and technology.
A video created by Saratoga County 4-H members explains the uses, history, and importance of the fiber industry from lambing to shearing and all of the steps in between.
Agricultural Litracy Week Archive
Now in its 10th 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 Ag 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.