Ag in the Classroom programs help teachers and students develop an understanding and appreciation of Florida’s multifaceted agricultural system and its relationship to our economy, environment, health, and quality of life. Presentations are typically in-class field trips and run for one hour. There are several different age-appropriate presentations. Below are a few examples:
The Magic of Butterflies – Students are introduced to the concepts of life cycles and the necessary components of a habitat. Live examples and hands-on activities are involved. This program is suitable for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.
Exploring Classroom Hydroponics – Students learn about alternative farming by constructing a simple hydroponic setup. Concepts related to basic plant parts and needs, nutrition, food production, recycling, agricultural technology, and other areas come to life in these soilless growing environments. This program is suitable for 5th grade through 10th grade.
The Plant and Me – People and plants have the same basic needs for survival. During this program students will compare the similarities using plant models as well as live plants. Students will plant seeds to grow in the classroom. This program is suitable for pre-kindergarten through 1st grade. 3 programs have been customized for grades K-2
- Kindergarten-Plant and Me
Through explorations and simulation,students will recognize the five senses and related body parts, that some books and other media portray animals and plants with characteristics and behaviors they do not have in real life and observe plants and animals, to describe how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.
- 1st Grade-Plant and Me
What do all living things need? How do they rely on each other? 1st Graders will get up and dance about plants and perform simulations and observations! They will Identify the major parts of plants, recognize that all plants and animals, including humans, need basic necessities and how they closely resemble their parents.
- 2nd Grade-Beans & Butterflies
Through songs and simulations, students observe and describe major stages in the life-cycles of plants and animals, including beans and butterflies.
Loco for Cocoa – Students will discover how chocolate and the Rain Forest are connected. Through hands-on activities students will learn about the origin of chocolate and the process of manufacturing chocolate today. Students are also able to sample chocolate. This program is suitable for 4th grade through 7th grade.