What’s New

The Foundation is continuously working on agricultural literacy projects to help tell the story of agriculture. To order any of these items or to see all of the educational items the Foundation offers click on “Resource Orders” on the menu.

Here are a few of our newest projects:

Corn in the Story of Agriculture Educator’s Guide

This educator guide is best for elementary grades 3-4. After completing these activities students will be able to: analyze and classify data into five parts of agriculture, interpret data from graphs to solve problems, identify foods into five categories using myplate, classify corn products into categories, apply critical thinking skills to develop an understanding of agriculture.

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Corn an A-Z Book

This educator guide is best for Prek-K students. After completing these activities students will be able to: organize events in the correct sequence, use a bar graph to interpret information, classify foods by groups using myplate, listen and follow directions for a graphic organizer, all while learning about corn!

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Water: Sources, Use, Conservation

Water: Sources, Use, Conservation introduces 3rd to 5th grade students to the one resource we cannot live without, but take for granted. Water explains, in an engaging student friendly manner, the Hydrologic Cycle, showing how water moves from one physical state to another and how each of these states affects agriculture. It introduces students to watersheds, river basin, and wetlands; explains why irrigation is an important component of good water stewardship. It is available here!

New! Energy Ag Mag

The Energy Ag Mag is perfect for teaching grades 3-5 about different energy resources. Travel through time and learn about the history of energy, discover and explore the different sources of energy, and see how energy is used move food from the farm to your plate! This non-fiction text is standards aligned and easy to read, and includes fun facts and activity suggestions. Available here!

New Foundation Book Plates!

We’ve created new book plates that read: “This book was donated by America’s farmers and ranchers, members of your local Farm Bureau.” Use these when donating books from your local Farm Bureau! You can buy them here.

New! Resource Catalog

Feel free to download this catalog and share it. It contains some of the Foundation’s most popular resources.

The Beeman

The Beeman was awarded the coveted 2014 Book of the Year award. The book, by Laurie Krebs, introduces young readers to bees, beekeepers and pollinators. This excellent book is a great way to introduce students to how agriculture relies on pollinators. Available here.

The Beeman Educator Guide

This educator guide accompanies the 2014 Book of the Year, The Beeman. The educator guide is for grades K-2 and has 6 activities that range from topics such as language arts, math and science. It helps students understand bees and how they help in the pollination process. See a sample activity here. Ed guide available soon.

Bee Ag Mag

The Bee Ag Mag is a great way to incorporate agriculture into a science or literature classroom. This 100% standards aligned nonfiction text covers topics such as: How is honey made? Who is a beekeeper? How do farmers use bees? What is the life cycle of a bee and more!

Also available the Bee Ag Mag in Spanish

For the first time ever the Foundation has translated an Ag Mag into Spanish. This resource includes all of the topics in the English version of the Ag Mag. It is great for Spanish language classrooms.

Food & Farm Facts Activity Cards for grades 4-6 and 7-12

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These new collections of 12 easy-to-implement activities support learning with Food and Farm Facts, developed for grades 4-6 and 7-12 using National Learning Standards & Common Core. Curriculum areas include: math, science, social science, health and language arts. Each activity card includes step-by-step instructions, discussion questions and an estimated time for completion. Available now! Just click Resource Orders up at the top then Food and Farm Facts!

Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture

This book introduces students to beef cattle and 5 basic concepts: production, processing, distribution, marketing and consumerism.

Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture Educator Guide

Activities included in this educator guide focus on language arts, social studies and health. Activities are aligned to Common Core and National Learning Standards.

Beef Cattle A-Z Book

This book introduces students to the basics of beef cattle while they learn their ABCs.

Beef Cattle A-Z Educator Guide

Activities included in this educator guide focus on language arts, math and social studies. Activities are aligned to Common Core and National Learning Standards.

Using MyPlate Educator’s Guide

This great new educator’s guide is just what you need to introduce the prek-k audience to MyPlate and nutrition. The Educator's Guide comes with hands-on standards based activities that engage learners.

Activities include food group matching and dominoes game, a sing along, a categorizing activity where students learn about colors and food groups, and more!

Using MyPlate Book

This book by Rebecca Rissman covers the 5 basic food groups while introducing students to MyPlate. The book includes easy to read text and colorful real life photos to help students understand what a healthy, colorful plate should look like!

Pillars of Agricultural Literacy

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is excited to debut the newly developed Pillars of Agricultural Literacy, which provide a framework of standards for increasing agricultural literacy among learners of all ages. AFBFA believes that all people should have a basic understanding of the agriculture industry, and this document provides a guideline for expected learning outcomes by age. Designed with the purpose of guiding consistent development of educator resources, these standards are applicable in classrooms and non-traditional learning environments nationwide. View the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy here.

The Guardian Team Educator Guide

The Guardian Team Educator Guide is perfect for the elementary Language Arts classroom. The educator guide comes with 5 activities that are standards aligned and follow along with the Book of the Year The Guardian Team. Activities include: Summarizing, vocabulary, sequencing, completing a story map and graphic organizer. The guide also includes ideas for further reading and online activities through My American Farm. Order here...

The Sheep Ag Mag

The newest Ag Mag in the series, the Sheep Ag Mag is a perfect way to introduce learners to sheep. The Ag Mag includes articles on varieties of sheep, sheep and the environment, sheep products, creating wool, lamb recipes, career profiles and more! Order here...

Feeding Minds, Cultivating Growth Middle School Curriculum

This middle school unit reinforces an accurate image of agriculture while inviting students to explore important concepts related to personal growth such as: building healthy relationships to avoid bullying, knowing one’s personal values and discovering the value of learning from others. Order here...

Accurate Ag Books!

Any or all of these accurate ag books can be used with the Feeding Minds, Cultivating Growth Curriculum. Order here...

Dairy Ag Mag

Our new and improved Dairy Ag Mag engages students in the world of dairy products and production with fun facts and dairy career profiles. The Dairy Ag Mag also includes activities that are multidisciplinary and aligned to Common Core and National Standards. The Dairy Ag Mag is a great way to introduce students to the wonderful world of dairy!

Farm Animals Educator’s Guide

Farm Animals Educator’s Guide has six fun and thought-provoking activities to address key developmental indicators of reading, writing, numbers, counting and sequencing.

Reproducible activity sheets are included, as well as a review song to help young people understand the concepts and reinforce the theme and message of the lessons and the book.

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Farm Animals Book

Young readers will enjoy this fifteen-page book with colorful child-friendly photos. A “Words to Know” page prominently displays illustrated words. The last page, titled “Notes for Adults,” lists objectives, questions to ask before and after reading, as well as curriculum extensions that show how farmers care for animals every day.

This book and educator’s guide help children make real life connections to farm animals and how farmers care for animals every day.

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food

The newest addition to the Foundation’s Book of the Year collection invites readers to explore how their lunch came to be from farm to fridge the book is an excellent way to introduce k-2 where their food comes from.

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How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? Educator’s Guide

Piloted and aligned to the National Learning Standards for Early Elementary Classrooms the How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? educator’s guide includes topics such as sequencing, sentences, nutrition, and math.

My Food Connection Poster

Designed for the classroom or school cafeteria this poster explores the new ChooseMyPlate.org food guide and allows students to meet some of the farmers who fill their plate. ACCOMPANIES The How DidThat Get In My Lunchbox? - BOOK and the HowDid that Get In My Lunchbox? - EDUCATOR’S GUIDE.

Careers Ag Mag

This new agriculturally themed magazine for kids is a great way to introduce students to careers in agriculture. Featured careers include: Produce Buyer, Large Animal Vet, Logger, Diesel Mechanic, Food Chemist, Environmental Engineer and Plant Scientist.

Students will enjoy the hands-on activity explained in the Ag Mag as well as the real life career profiles for Ag Brodcaster, Sous Chef, Ag Lawyer, Zookeeper and Conservation Police Officer on the back!

Great for starting conversations about careers in agriculture!

Food and Farm Facts 4-6 Educator’s Guide

The 4-6 Educator’s Guide uses Food and Farm Facts and the national learning standards to provide lessons and activities to reinforce skills in math, science, social science, language arts, health and nutrition. This newly updated version of Food and Farm Facts 4-6 Educator’s Guide helps to incorporate agricultural themes into the classroom.

Food and Farm Facts 7-12 Educator’s Guide

Developed for the middle and high school classroom, this new educator’s guide uses Food and Farm Facts and national learning standards to provide lessons and activities to reinforce skills in math, science, social science, language arts, health and nutrition. Easily reproducible activity sheets and full lesson plans help the educator and learner understand the concepts that reinforce the messages found in Food and Farm Facts.

Food and Farm Facts Pencils

Straight out of the 2011 Food and Farm Facts booklet each pencil promotes an interesting fact about agriculture. Ten different facts total, 144 pencils in each box.

New Accurate Ag Book! Senses on the Farm by Shelley Rotner

Developed for the Pre K-K classroom, this book shows life on the farm is explored through the five senses as we see the calf’s big ears, touch the soft wool of a lamb, hear a hungry horse chomp, smell the fresh cut hay and taste the farm fresh milk. Beautiful, focused photographs capture the simplicity and charm of life on a farm.

Senses on the Farm Educator’s Guide

Developed for the Pre K-K classroom, this educator’s guide uses the book Senses on the Farm and four fun activities to address key developmental indicators and help young people develop skills in recognizing objects using the five senses, reading, writing, numbers, counting and sequencing. Reproducible activity sheets and full lesson plan are included, as well as an active song to help young people understand the concepts and reinforce the theme and message of the lessons and the book.

Seed Soil Sun Earth’s Recipe for Food by Cris Peterson

In Seed Soil Sun, Cris Peterson describes the seemingly miraculous process by which air and water combine with seed, soil, and sun to create nearly all the food we eat. Using the corn plant as an example, she takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a tiny corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book also discusses the make-up of soil and the amazing creatures that live there from microscopic one-celled bacteria to moles, amoebas, and earthworms.

Seed Soil Sun Educator Guide

The Seed Soil Sun Educator’s Guide is composed of three different national learning standards based and agriculturally themed activities which complement the content and theme of the book Seed Soil Sun. The activities, book and classroom poster can be used to teach reading, math, science, social science, health and nutrition to the 1st-3rd grade classroom and beyond.

The Plant Parts We Eat Poster

The Plant Parts We Eat Poster is full of color pictures, proper names, descriptions and classifications of vegetables. The poster is meant to accompany the lesson plan and book Seed Soil Sun, but is a great resource on its own. Best for a 1st-3rd grade classroom visit or thematic unit related to agriculture and nutrition.

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