Are you a teacher? Are you interested in adding Agricultural Literacy to your lessons? There are many ways that you can integrate an agricultural connection into many of your lessons. Visit the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix. There you will find an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards.
Here is an example of what the Matrix offers:
Food Science Bread Dough Challenge
The Bread Dough Challenge is designed for 9-12 Grade. Students explore the phenomenon of what makes bread dough rise. Using baker’s yeast, students will observe alcoholic fermentation and its connection to cellular respiration as they are challenged to act as food scientists and develop the best recipe for quick-rising bread dough.
What do we mean when we say “agriculturally literate”?
An agriculturally literate person understands how the agricultural industry works – not just where food comes from, but who grows it, agriculture’s effect on the economy, environment, technology, lifestyle and its relationship to livestock. Ag literacy is the understanding of the the relationship between agriculture and the environment, food, fiber and energy, animals, lifestyle, the economy and technology.
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Ag Literacy has an incredible amount of resources for teachers as well.
More information can be found at https://www.agfoundation.org/
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