IL AITC Virtual Teacher Training

Check out all that Illinois Ag in the Classroom has to offer with this line-up of virtual teacher training sessions!

McLean County teachers who complete at least one workshop will receive a FREE book & materials to implement the lessons in their classroom!!

All sessions are FREE and will be conducted via Zoom. Sessions will also be recorded & can be viewed on your own schedule.

Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM

  • June 2: View From the Cab: An Overview of Illinois Ag in the Classroom
  • June 9: Legen-dairy Lessons about Milk and Moo-re
  • June 16: STEM and Leaves: Innovative STEM Lessons with an Ag Connection
  • June 24: Scrambled States of America: Ag-Themed Books for Every State (in conjunction with the National Ag in the Classroom Virtual Summit)
  • June 30: The 3-Legged Stool: Finding Classroom Connections with Ag Sustainability
  • July 7: Plowing Through Our Past: A Look at the History of Ag in Illinois
  • July 14: Don’t Be a Bad Apple: Tasty Apple-Themed Lessons That Pack a Crunch
  • July 21: Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About: Engaging Pumpkin-Themed Texts and Lessons

Special 5-hour Mini-Conference:

  • July 30: The Cultures of Agriculture: Exploring the Diversities of Food and Farming (9:00-noon and 1:00-3:00 with help from Illinois Commodity Groups)

Register Here

Jr./Sr. High School Resources

Ag in the Classroom has great e-learning resources for junior & senior high school students! Check out some of these options:

Journey 2050 – A virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Students explore how to sustainably feed the world’s growing population by 2050. Once you register as a teacher, your students can enter your teacher code before playing each level and the game will generate a student report.

Hungry Planet – What the World Eats – explore the global food supply with portraits of 30 families from around the world showing what one week of groceries looks like for their family

Purple Plow Puzzlers – hands-on STEM activities. Some of these can be done with simple materials that students may have around the house.

Growing a Nation – an interactive timeline of the history of Agriculture in the United States

Ag Explorer – virtual field trips to explore ag careers. Each one has an educator guide with options for extension activities.

Journey of a Gene – explore biotechnology and the science of genetic engineering with step-by-step videos, computer based activities and quizzes

President’s Day Books & Activities

President’s Day is just around the corner! Check out these books & activities for hands-on learning about these notable Presidents & their connection to agriculture:

Resource Request
Apples, Pumpkins, Pollinators, Soil, Genetics, STEM, etc

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).

Resource Request
Apples, Pumpkins, Pollinators, Soil, Genetics, STEM, etc

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

Request a copy of the book and/or supplies to make the Illinois Farm Charm here:

Resource Request
Apples, Pumpkins, Pollinators, Soil, Genetics, STEM, etc