Take some YA and Agriculture with you to the beach!

Summer is here…and how about a reading list for teachers?  Whet your summer reading appetite with some YA and Ag Books!

 

Take some YA and Agriculture to the Beach!
A recent survey found that over half of the audience for Young Adult Literature (YA) are adults!  Why not join the ranks and take some YA with you this summer, to the beach, the ballfield or just out to the back yard!
Young Adult Literature, includes pieces you probably remember. Huckleberry Finn, The Outsiders,  and even Harry Potter  are considered YA, and while you might feel guilty or embarrassed about reading books designed for a younger audience, I think the summer is the perfect time to branch out! I believe you’ll find these books entertaining and fast paced.  Remember the audience they are geared toward has many more options for spare time entertainment.   The books are also well written and tackle touch issues but in a hopeful way.  They are typically relatable and many are being made into films or television shows and most are typically shorter.

My choices for YA books with an ag flair for you to use this summer??  Take a gander!

 

  1. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck or anything by Richard Peck!
  2. ….and now Miguel  by Joseph Krumgold 1950’s Newberry Medalist with a sheep theme
  3. War Horse by Michael Morpugo…great movie, even better book
  4. Kristina Srpinger’s Just Your Average Princess…. Illinois Author, set in central IL, can’t miss book.
  5. Steering Toward Normal by Rebecca Petruck…life beyond the show ring.
  6. Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen It is YA….so for the HS crowd and up!
  7. Crosswire by Dotti Enderle…I read it and saw it as a Walker Texas Ranger Flashback!
  8. Chigger by Raymond Bial another Illinois Author, I am positive those 40 and 50 somethings will see your childhood!
  9. Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson. A very popular YA author and a Yellow Fever outbreak in colonial times.
  10. Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee. Nutrition, friendship, a quick read
  11. Peeled and Squashed by Joan Bauer. Simply great books!
  12. Seedfolks by Newberry Winner Paul Fleishman. Urban gardening at its finest.
  13. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Certainly some coming of age  and civil rights era mixed in with pollinators
  14. The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins. In the 1980s it was hard work, now it is STEM Careers!
  15. My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt. Nationa Book Award Winning Author.  GREAT Book!
  16. Taylor Honor Award Winner Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer. Food, Hunger and WWII France.
  17. Pura Belpre Award Winner Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez. A look at immigrant labor in agriculture.
  18. National Book Winner The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Wheat and Wheat Harvest.  You’re going to hear more about this!

 

 

15 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you’ve got 18 books with an ag message that will help you pass the time in the dog days of summer!  Check your local library or book store for these items!

Mother’s Day and Agriculture

Mother’s Day and Agriculture

First a Video

Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/879988086?t=JR6AMsr66k

Blank Graphic Organizer

https://mm.tt/895529201?t=8S0szH2bgF

History of Mother’s Day

https://osr.org/blog/tips-gifts/20-fun-facts-about-mothers-day/

Illinois Flowers

http://www.ilfb.org/2016%20FAFF/Illinois%20Specialty%20Farmers.pdf

Illinois Green Industry Association

http://www.illinoisgreen.net/

Eating Out

http://www.restaurant.org/News-Research/News/Half-of-Americans-to-celebrate-Mother-s-Day-with-r

French Toast

http://www.foodreference.com/html/a-french-toast-history.html

Wheat, Corn and Soy

http://www.ilfb.org/2016%20FAFF/Illinois%20Leading%20Counties-Crops.pdf

Dairy

http://www.ilfb.org/2016%20FAFF/Illinois%20Leading%20Counties-Livestock.pdf

Eggs

http://www.ilfb.org/2016%20FAFF/Major%20Crops.pdf

Funk’s Maple Sirup

http://www.funksmaplesirup.com/#&panel1-3

Meet Ruth Zeldenrust

http://www.watchusgrow.org/team/ruth-zeldenrust

Meet Chris And Audra

https://findingeminence.com/

 

Easter and Agriculture

Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/812133173/easter-and-agriculture

Blank Graphic Organizer

https://mm.tt/879988086?t=JR6AMsr66k

 Easter’s moveable date

http://time.com/3758654/easter-date-change/

https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/determining-easter-date.html

Easter spending

https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/nrf-says-easter-spending-will-reach-173-billion

http://time.com/money/4269806/easter-spending-facts-chocolate-peeps/

http://fortune.com/2016/03/18/easter-spending-halloween/   

 Easter Candy and Agriculture

  1. Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Eggs (53%)
  2. Chocolate bunnies (48%)
  3. Jelly beans (48%)
  4. Hershey’s Eggs (45%)
  5. Peeps (34%)

Peanut Butter Egg

http://www.collectingcandy.com/wordpress/?p=9669

Chocolate Hollow Bunnies

A History of Chocolate Bunnies

Jelly Belly –Gustav Goelitz—Bellville IL

https://www.jellybelly.com/company-history

Chocolate Eggs

http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/magazine/features/history-chocolate-easter-eggs

Peeps Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWBdOMHoD-U

Malted Milk Balls

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-malted-milk-balls.htm

Easter Inventions—Hinged Egg and Plastic Grass

https://www.articleonepartners.com/blog/Top-5-Easter-Inventions/

http://recognizinginnovation.com/3613/easter-patents/

Inventor’s Secret

The Inventor's Secret<br><font size=2>What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford</font>

Peeps Milk!

https://www.prairiefarms.com/peeps/

Lamb

http://www.illinoissheep.net

https://agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Illinois/st17_1_028_031.pdf

Rabbits

https://agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Illinois/st17_1_034_036.pdf

Pork

https://agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Illinois/st17_1_020_023.pdf

http://www.ilpork.com/about/il-pork-facts

Chickens and Eggs

3,700 farms, 4 million laying hens

https://agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_State_Level/Illinois/st17_1_032_033.pdf

http://www.aeb.org/farmers-and-marketers/ftip/laying-house

Take a tour of a Cage Free Chicken Barn at Pearl Valley eggs at

http://www.watchusgrow.org/about-us/facebook-videos

Vegetables to dye eggs

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-vibrant-naturally-dyed-easter-eggs-holiday-projects-from-the-kitchn-112957

 

March Madness Agriculture and Basketball

Graphic Organizer

https://mm.tt/860119803?t=C9aCEBvCbV

Blank Graphic Organizer

https://mm.tt/861160060?t=UkZzhROYQs

Basketball

http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/lessons/extras/facts/sports.html

http://discover.monsanto.com/posts/history-basketball

Naismith

https://www.thoughtco.com/james-naismith-basketball-1991639

Illinois

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Illinois_Fighting_Illini_men%27s_basketball_head_coaches

Leather Basketball

https://purduephil.wordpress.com/2006/02/27/beef-trivia-%E2%80%93-questions-answers/

 Maple Floors

http://blog.cityfloorsupply.com/why-are-sports-floors-always-made-out-of-maple-wood/

Mascots

University of Nebraska Cornhuskers

http://www.unl.edu/

 

Army Mules for Army’s Black Knights

http://goarmywestpoint.com/sports/2015/3/6/GEN_2014010171.aspx

 

Artie the Fighting Artichoke—Scottsdale community college

http://www.gochokes.com/
Razorback Hogs of University of Arkansas

http://www.arkansasrazorbacks.com/

 

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fighting Pickles

http://www.uncsa.edu/archives/uncsa-history/how-the-pickles-got-their-name.aspx

IL Mascots

Hoopeston Area High School Corn Jerkers http://www.hoopeston.k12.il.us/buildings/highschool/index.html

Cobden Appleknockers http://il.8to18.com/Cobden

Mattoon Green Wave  http://www.mattoon.k12.il.us/vnews/display.v/SEC/Mattoon%20High%20School

Farmington Farmers http://www.dist265.com/

Freeport Pretzels http://www.fsd145.org/Domain/16

Urban Farmer Will Allen

http://www.growingpower.org/about/leadership/will-allen/

(Check out Farmer Will Allen and The Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin)

 

Illinois Reads

First A Video!

 

A Graphic Organizer

https://mm.tt/844431376?t=DhhJPp578D

A Blank Graphic Organizer

https://mm.tt/844444937?t=MwYKbdHNXb

Learn more at the following links!

Illinois Reads

http://illinoisreads.org/

Inventors Secret

http://suzanneslade.com/suzanneslade/Teachers_files/Inventor%27s%20Secret%20Teacher%27s%20Guide.pdf

https://kid-lit-reviews.com/2016/01/05/qa-with-author-suzanne-slade-the-inventors-secret/

Watch a video of the book here!

https://www.charlesbridge.com/products/the-inventors-secret-what-thomas-edison-told-henry-ford

Edison’s Lightbulb

http://www.masteryworks.com/newsite/downloads/Mastery_TheElectricLightBulb.pdf

Henry Ford http://www.history.com/topics/model-t

Fordson Tractors

https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/sets/7150

Carver

http://www.biography.com/news/george-washington-carver-facts-national-peanut-month

Deere

http://www.biography.com/people/john-deere-9269591

McCormick

http://www.famousinventors.org/cyrus-mccormick

Glidden

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Joseph-Farwell-Glidden

National Milk Day 1/11

Celebrate National Milk Day January 11!

Watch the video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOF0dKaRSlY

Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/826725365/national-milk-day

Blank Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/826734392/copy-of-national-milk-day

Contact you County AITC Coordinator for copies of the Dairy Ag Mag or Click

Here for an interactive Dairy Ag Mag!

http://agintheclassroom.org/TeacherResources/AgMags/DAIRY%20Ag%20Mag%20_SmartBoard_2015_3.pdf

National Milk Day

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/national-milk-day-january-11/

http://www.ign.com/boards/threads/today-is-national-milk-day.454361562/

Milk Jug

https://www.timetoast.com/timelines/evolution-of-the-milk-jug

Milk in School Lunch

https://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/history_11

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-school-lunch/

Dairy Farms in IL

https://www.midwestdairy.com/farm-life/dairy-in-the-midwest/#IL

Moo to You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRxPo0k88JU&feature=youtu.be

Where is my milk from?

http://www.whereismymilkfrom.com/

Animal Care

http://www.watchusgrow.org/illinois-farm-families-blog/baby-its-cold-outside#TammyWakely

St Louis District Dairy Council Adopt A Cow for Next School Year!

http://www.stldairycouncil.org/Adopt-a-Cow-2017/

 

 

Sugar Plums and Figgy Pudding

Watch this You-Tube Video first!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viY93_6GhLc

Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/808338436/christmas-candy-and-cookies

Blank Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/808341211/copy-of-christmas-candy-and-cookies

 

Some questions (and answers!)

  1. Name the state that just saw it’s last sugar cane processing plant close.  (Hawaii)
  2. What piece of children’s literature made gingerbread houses popular?  (Hansel and Gretel)
  3. Why do some people get oranges in their stocking? (legend says Santa Claus used to bring gold)
  4. What flavoring is produced in abundance in Oregon?  (Peppermint)
  5. What favoring is actually the root (rhizome) of a plant?  (ginger)

Sources

Sugar

https://www.statista.com/statistics/191975/sugarcane-production-in-the-us-by-state/

http://www.sugarindustrybiotechcouncil.org/sugar-beet-faq

 Hawaiian Sugar

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/12/17/505861855/the-final-days-of-hawaiian-sugar

 Christmas Cookies

https://fearlessfresh.com/a-brief-history-of-christmas-cookies/

http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-medieval-history-of-the-christmas-cookie

Gingerbread

http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/history-gingerbread/

Gingerbread Houses

http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas/videos/gingerbread-house

Animal Crackers

http://www.aol.com/food/story-behind-animal-cracker/#slide=3426185#fullscreen

Sugar Plums

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/13/sugar-plums_n_2272029.html

Candy Canes

http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/candy_canes.htm

Fudge

http://www.darbysfudge.com/fudgehistory.html

Divinity

http://www.foodtimeline.org/foodcandy.html#divinity

Oranges in Christmas Stockings

http://www.thekitchn.com/heres-why-we-put-oranges-in-stockings-at-christmas-holiday-traditions-from-the-kitchn-213985

Nuts and Nutcrackers

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2010/12/in_a_nutshell.html

Fruitcake

https://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Cakes/Fruitcake.htm

http://www.villagevoice.com/restaurants/a-short-history-of-fruitcake-6429393

Figgy Pudding

http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-holiday-history-of-christmas-pudding

 

 

Christmas and Agriculture

Watch this video first!

Discussion Question:

What percentage of the US Christmas Trees are grown on a farm? (98%)

What states lead in production of Christmas Tree?  (Oregon, North Carolina, Washington, Michigan)

What is a Bracts?  (colorful leaves of the poinsettia)

Where are Poinsettias originally from?  (Mexico)

What is special about Female Holly plants? (has berries)

What is the State Tree of IL?  (White Oak)

What is the State Tree of Delaware? (American Holly)

Anglo Saxon Mistle (meaning dung) and Tan (toe) means twig.  Why are birds important to Mistletoe?

Completed Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/808162315/christmas-and-agriculture

Blank Graphic Organizer

https://www.mindmeister.com/808181954/christmas-and-agriculture-blank

Related Links

Christmas Trees

http://extension.illinois.edu/trees/facts.cfm

http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/Education/Quick-Tree-Facts

https://quickstats.nass.usda.gov/results/ED46861C-C7AB-3096-828F-4E861C01AFEE

    POINSETTIA 

https://blogs.usda.gov/2015/12/01/poinsettias-helping-an-icon-to-bloom-at-the-right-time/#more-62176

http://extension.illinois.edu/poinsettia/care.cfm

http://extension.illinois.edu/poinsettia/facts.cfm

  Holly

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/430/430-470/430-470.html

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-grow-holly/

http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/trivia/holly.htm

Mistletoe (more than a Justin Bieber song!)

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/mistletoe.shtml

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/mistletoe/mistletoe-control-info.htm

https://www2.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/not-just-for-kissing-mistletoe-and-birds-bees-and-other-beasts/

 

The 2016 Book Review!

JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING!

Check out the Book Review–A video and hard copy!

YOU TUBE VIDEO

In time for Small Business Saturday….or a visit to you other local favorite book store, it is time to take another look at a couple of good books with an agriculture message.    This year it seems that my common theme is ‘causes’. It is ironic how many causes you can make with an agriculture link.  

 

The Last Great Adventure of the PB & J Society by Janet Sumner Johnson (ISBN:978 1-62370-636-4).  In Illinois, roughly 53% of all students are eligible for free and reduced lunches.  This 4th-8th grade book explores friendship and economic hard times, including hunger.   What is it like to be hungry and help a friend?  Hunger might be next door and a bountiful food supply is the answer

Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle (ISBN 978-1-4521-2901)  My cause here is that farming is hard work!  This Pre-K to 2 picture book showcases a small farm getting ready for winter.  Nothing is typical about any farm, but the hard work that goes into all aspects of farms is apparent in this book!

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (ISBN 978-0-06-229889-8)  Have you seen any unkind acts or words in the last week or so?  This Pre-K to 2 picture book that shows there is a little more than planting and harvesting in every seed!  A little kindness goes a long way in this beautifully illustrated book.

The Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber (ISBN 978-0-7636-7648-3).  Pollinators and agriculture are a cause you’ll continue to see in the coming year.  Pollinators are an agriculture priority, and this K-2 Read and Wonder book is complete with excellent vocabulary is part of our IAITC Book Grant Pollinator Bundle.   The message is in harmony with the message of farmers!

Water is Water by Miranda Paul (ISBM 978-1-59643-984-9  The water cycle told through beautiful illustrations and delightful poetic text.  Although this looks like a Pre-K to 2 book, but we consider it a big part of our IAITC Environmental Stewardship Book Grant Bundle.

And the list of causes goes on.  Looking for a book on labor and agriculture?  Check out Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (ISBN 978-030705851230).  The history of genetics, biotechnology and plant science can be discovered in Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe (ISBN 978-0810954755).  Students with unique needs and STEM can both be found in Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery (ISBN 978-0-547-44315).  And of course if you are looking for an Illinois book about what it is really like to farm check out Heartland by Diane Siebert (ISBN 978-0064432870). This classic has recently been re-released and the combination of lyrical writing and outstanding illustrations by Aurora native Wendell Minor. 

Happy Reading!

Kevin Daugherty is  the Illinois Farm Bureau  Education Director for the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom program and an avid reader.  He is currently reading That Hidden Road  (ISBN 978-1627201339) by Illinois native Rocco Versaci. It is the memoir of a bike ride across America. This book has great descriptions of the rolling fields of all sort of agriculture, as well as a reminder of the IAA Foundation Bike Ride for Agriculture!

Thanksgiving from the Farm!

 You tube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6O3nK-2qkw

Map

http://faculty.wiu.edu/LR-Zellmer/thanksgiving/tgiving2012.pdf

Turkey

http://minnesotaturkey.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13WaycPljak&feature=youtu.be

Mashed potatoes

https://idahopotato.com/why-idaho

 Green Beans

http://www.saveseeds.org/biography/keeney/index.html

 Broccoli

http://www.agmrc.org/commodities-products/vegetables/broccoli/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AVu8XY5Zzw

 Ranch Dressing

http://www.omaha.com/go/the-story-of-the-nebraska-cowboy-who-invented-ranch-dressing/article_8f2d023e-5cf7-521f-aeda-55c59729583f.html

 Casserole

http://thefoodiescompanion.blogspot.com/2012/09/food-history-casserole.html

 Rolls

http://kswheat.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDEcvSc2UKA

Cranberries

http://www.wiscran.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZPXQ7nw_9Y

 Pie

Pumpkin

https://www.verybestbaking.com/articles/libbys-story

http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEtqJc6ddhA

 Pecans

http://georgiapecans.org/

http://www.vosspecans.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oFv6yqpbpw