Over the last 30 years New York Agriculture in the Classroom has been involved with curriculum development and a variety of exciting educational partnerships and programs. While the resources and opportunities have evolved to meet the current educational climate, we still find value in the inspiration the programs and resources below offer. Explore and be inspired by our past programs and educational tools, and do not forget to engage in our most current resources on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix.
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.
The Agriculture Career Cards were developed in 2005 to highlight the many careers in agriculture to showcase to students the median wage, education level, job outlooks, and much as they consider their future career path. If you are looking for an updated, online resource of agriculture career profiles, videos, and career finder assessments we recommend AgExplorer.com.
American history program for secondary teachers that features the story of American agriculture, an event timeline, lesson plans, and more!
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This site provides teachers with classroom-ready resources to improve nutrition education among Pre-K – 5th grade students. Begin with the introductory information on this page and then move onto the grade specific resources.
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Extension educators and volunteers provide a 30-minute interactive lesson for 5th grade classes focusing on New York agricultural products and food systems careers through role-playing the people and processes that get apples from orchard to table.
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