Agricultural Literacy Week ~ March 14-18, 2016
- 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.
2016 Agricultural Literacy Week begins Monday, March 14th and runs through Friday, March 18th.
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 Apple Orchard Riddle
By Margaret McNamara and Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
The selected book for 2016 is The Apple Orchard Riddle by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. This fun and exciting story shares the journey of Mr. Tiffin’s class on a field trip to an apple orchard. The students learn about every aspect of the farm from how apples are harvested, the process of making cider, and the many different varieties of apples. While the class picks their apples and experiences the farm, Mr. Tiffin gives them all a riddle to ponder. This book was selected as the 2015 American Farm Bureau Foundation for Education’s Book of the Year.
This year’s focus on apple production is exciting because of the importance of the apple industry in New York State, as we are ranked second nationally in production. Apples provide over 17,000 direct and indirect jobs, and there are over 680 apple producers on 55,000 acres across the state. Through the Agricultural Literacy Week program teachers, students, and parents can learn more about this nutritionally and economically healthy and essential industry. All lessons, activities, and companion materials are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.
This guide will provide the hands-on lesson connected to this year’s book The Apple Orchard Riddle. Also find Common Core Learning Standard alignment, connections to NYS teaching domains, vocabulary, and companion books and resources.
Cover vocabulary found in the book before your volunteer comes to visit. This quizlet includes vocabulary and photos.
Use the educational information from NY's Apple Country to learn more about apple production in New York State, and to find apple orchards near you.
Interviews with apple producers, word searches, and more apple-related learning extensions are available from Newspapers in Education.
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 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.