What a Plant Needs Activity

In this hands-on activity, water beads of different colors represent the things a plant needs to grow and thrive.

Students put one of each color in a baggie with a seed and then watch is sprout!

Recommended for Grades 3-5.

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Book of the Month: Seed Soil Sun

Seed. Soil. Sun. With these simple ingredients, nature creates our food. Author Chris Peterson describes the process in accurate detail with photos to illustrate.

Recommended for Grades K-5

Plus Check out this video read along!

Contact us for hands-on activities to go with the book, including:

  • Soil Sammies
  • Edible Soil
  • Sprout House
  • Growing Letters

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New IL History Ag Mag

Check out the new Illinois History Ag Mag! 

Ag Mags are nonfiction reading resources full of factual information and activities in a colorful newspaper style. The new Illinois history edition takes a look at the ways agriculture weaves in to the history of the prairie state.

Order a FREE set for your classroom today! (30 copies per pack).

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Book of the Month: L is For Lincoln

Take a look at the notable people, places, businesses and inventions that have shaped Illinois’ history with L is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet by Kathy jo Wargin

Recommended for Grades 2nd-5th. 

Plus we have lessons & activities to go with the book like the Illinois Farm Charm

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LeRoy Teacher wins State Award

Katie Buckley, LeRoy Junior High School Science, Technology,Engineering and Math Educator,was named the 2018 Illinois Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Runner-Up.

She was recognized for her achievements at the Illinois Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Chicago Dec. 1.

For the past two years, students in Buckley’s STEM Exploratory Class have completed food and farming based learning projects called Purple Plow Challenges.

Her class won the nationwide challenge in 2017 and again in 2018. Buckley is also an alum of the American Farm Bureau STEM on the Farm Program, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Oregon for hands-on and on-farm learning about beef cattle production.

Buckley is a past winner of the McLean County Maitland Agricultural Awareness and McLean County Farm Bureau Ag Science grants.

You can follow Buckley and her students on Twitter @LeRoySTEM to see what they’re learning.

As the Runner Up, Buckley will be Illinois Farm Bureau’s nominee for the American Farm Bureau White-Reinhardt Scholarship.

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