Discover Christmas Trees Curriculum
Discover Christmas Trees is a curriculum designed for grades K-8, and it will introduce your students to the important aspects of the conifer and Christmas tree industry in NYS. The lessons span the subject areas of ELA, mathematics, social studies, and science and offer learning extensions and book suggestions to continue to build student knowledge of our natural world. Every lesson is aligned to NYS and Common Core Learning Standards. Courtesy of the New York State Christmas Tree Farmers Association.
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Beef for the Classroom
Teachers who are cooking with their students can apply to have their beef purchases for classroom use reimbursed. Schools may be reimbursed up to $100 for beef purchases within reasonable limits related to class size and cut of beef purchased. The application process is easy, and lessons and resources are provided to every teacher who receives a grant.
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Maple Syrup Resources
The Western New York Maple Producers Association is proud to present their new maple syrup production lessons for use in your classroom. Integrate the ideas and concepts of maple syrup production in the context of social studies, mathematics, ELA, and science. Find worksheets, hands-on activities, Smart Board presentations, and videos to enhance your curriculum.
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NYAITC Lesson Plans
These are the lesson plans, in PDF format, from the original award-winning NYAITC notebooks. Lessons address concepts in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies using the food and fiber system as a theme. Lessons include teacher instructions, student activities, worksheets, answer keys, puzzles, and games.
- Kindergarten Lesson Plans — Kindergarten is Popping
- Grade 1 Lesson Plans — Great Pumpkins
- Grade 2 Lesson Plans — The Source
- Grade 3 Student Booklet — Bud's World
- Listening to the Prairie
Science of Life Explorations through Agriculture
SOLE stands for Science of Life Explorations through Agriculture. It is a set of lesson plans, grouped into themed units, developed by NYAITC in conjunction with Cornell's Integrated Pest Management program. Each lesson ties key concepts of agriculture and natural resources into the classroom curriculum for grades four and five, and is aligned with New York State Learning Standards across subject areas.
- The Right Plants
- Seed of Knowledge
- Experimenting With Seeds
- Grow an Indoor Salad Garden
- Harvesting the Garden
Make N Takes
These activities are quick and easy additions to any classroom, fair display or educational event.
NYAITC Celebrating Black History Month through Influential Agriculturalists
February is Black History Month and there have been many agriculturalists who have persevered through adversity and given their talents to move the vocation of agriculture forward. Learn more about a few influential agriculturalists and connect with resources to teach about them in your classroom.
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