Free curriculum teaches students about agriculture

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COLUMBUS — For the ninth year, the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s For Your InFARMation program is providing free curriculum to third-grade teachers to educate their students on where their food comes from and the important role agriculture plays in Ohio’s economy.

The For Your InFARMation program provides free materials and lesson plans to teachers, encouraging them to spend three schools days focusing on how Ohio farmers help feed local communities and the nation at large.

The materials are revised annually to support the most current Ohio learning standards for language arts, social studies and math.

The materials

All the materials are available at www.ForYourInFARMation.com.

The materials available for the For Your InFARMation program were developed in consultation with a practicing third-grade teacher, and support teachers with Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee.

Instructional resources include the following: student guide with a variety of nonfiction reading passages teacher’s guide with lesson plans and links to additional resources, ready-to-use lapbooks, worksheets and smartboard lessons, skills extended learning recommendations and cross-curricular suggestions.

Essay contest

In addition, the coalition also sponsors a statewide essay contest for third graders.

The group will award a free field trip to an Ohio livestock farm to the winning essay-writers’ entire class.  Plus, the teacher of the winning essay also will receive a $250 gift card for classroom supplies.

More details about the essay contest rules and the submission deadline is available at www.ForYourInFARMation.com.

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