Whiteside County Farm Bureau® Foundation | 100 East Knox Street, Morrison, Illinois 61270 | Phone 815.772.2165 | Fax 815.772.4588
The Whiteside County Agricultural Literacy program provides agricultural education resources to students and teachers within Whiteside County. Teachers can utilize these resources, lesson plan ideas and activities to supplement their current curriculum. These activities provide a fun and interactive way for students to learn about agriculture through math, science, social science and language arts, while satisfying Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) learning standards.
We offer a diverse set of educational activities and materials through the support of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom and other cooperating partners. Resources available to teachers includes a variety of AgMags, classroom activities and lesson plans all designed to educate about Illinois agriculture.
The Whiteside County Farm Bureau® Foundation believes in sharing valuable knowledge and educating students, teachers and concerned citizens of the importance of agriculture and the environment in their daily lives.
Classroom teachers, we have so much to offer!
Agriculture in the Classroom offers Whiteside County a diverse set of complimentary activities, materials and programs for you, your students and your community to learn more about agriculture. Resources include a variety of Ag Mags, classroom activities and lesson plans all designed to bring math, science, social studies and language arts to life through agriculture. Let us help you incorporate agricultural education into you existing curriculum and expand your student knowledge for Illinois’ most valuable industry!
Agriculture Literacy Coordinator
Students in Whiteside County classrooms learn how farming and food production connects to their own lives each school year during our programs. For more than 15 years, Whiteside County Agriculture in the Classroom has successfully educated students and teachers, but our successes would not be possible without dedicated volunteers! We are always looking for volunteers that would be willing to share their time, passion and agricultural expertise with the students in their community! Presenters might be active or retired farmers, agribusiness professionals, retired educators or college student willing to help on an as needed or volunteer basis.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please call the Whiteside County Farm Bureau Foundation at 815-772-2165.
request a presentation
Presentations are hands-on; engaging and educating students on a variety of agricultural topics. Contact Diane Baker, Whiteside County Agriculture Coordinator, to learn about program opportunities.
Agriculture Literacy Kits (Grades K-5)
Literacy kits cover a broad range of agricultural topics ranging from candy and chocolate to farm machinery. The kits contain books, videos, activities, lessons, information, and other resources relating to their topic. Topics include, but aren’t limited to: Apples, Candy & Chocolate, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Farming, Farm Machinery, Food & Nutrition, Honeybees, Horses, Maple Syrup, Pizza, Pumpkins, Seeds & Plants, Sheep, Soil, Soybeans, Water and Wheat.
Teachers and students (and parents) love Illinois Ag in the Classroom Ag Mags! The Ag Mags are 4-page colorful and informative agricultural magazines for kids that teach about a variety of topics. Through the use of bright colors and classroom activities utilize them to teach lessons on Careers, Horticulture, Water and many more! Ag Mags come in packs of 30 and are free. While they are generally written at a 3rd-6th grade level, teachers from kindergarten through high school find ways to adapt and use them to meet the needs and interests of their students. For a complete list of Ag Mags available online and in print, visit Illinois Ag in the Classroom or call the Whiteside County Farm Bureau Foundation office for more information.