Why Teach Agriculture?
Agriculture provides local connections to math, science and social studies
concepts. By offering agriculture in the classroom we can create real-world STEM opportunities. The National Agriculture Literacy Themes align with 90 Iowa Core science standards.
National Agriculture Literacy Themes:
1. Agriculture & the Environment
2. Plants & Animals for Food, Fiber & Energy
3. Food, Health & Lifestyle
4. Culture, Society, Economy & Geography
5. Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
About Morgan, Education Outreach Coordinator
Morgan Hibbs graduated in May, 2017 from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture and Life Science
Through her time at Iowa State University, Morgan held internships with Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer Program, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag, 4-H STEM Camps, and the Iowa State Daily. Morgan has since moved back to Johnson County to be close to the family farm.
As the Education Outreach Coordinator, Morgan visits classrooms preK-12 educating about agriculture. "I enjoy creating lessons and I am excited to grow youth awareness on the importance of agriculture."
About Paige, Education Outreach Intern
Welcome Paige McGovern, our newest teammate!
The Education Outreach Intern will gain agriculture education experience by preparing lesson materials, managing digital content and developing curriculum in accordance with the mission and goals of the education outreach program.
Paige will be attending the University of Northern Iowa in the fall to major in child psychology and journalism. Her hobbies include writing, horseback riding, and spending time with my family and friends. She grew up on a family farm in Central City.
“Agriculture has always been a significant factor in my life, and I hope to spread the importance of ag to future generations,” says Paige.
"I loved being able to provide our children with science topics that are more local to our area."
"Exposed kids to things and topics that many of them have never been exposed to or had experiences with. Hands-on activities are awesome!"
"Any time kids can have hands on learning, then the topics have a high level of engagement and an impact on their learning. Morgan always had topics that kids enjoyed and either had an activity or taste-test to really help keep them engaged in their learning."
"I have seen improvements over the course of the past few years and am impressed with the level of engagement and how well the lessons complement what we are doing in the classrooms. The only change that I wish we could see would be MORE visits! :-)"
"I loved the layout of the lessons. For Kindergarten students especially there was a quick teaching or reading a story and then the students were able to explore. I think the hands-on piece is important for their little bodies and that is sometimes how they learn the best!"
"I love that the program reaches all levels of students and lets them be hands-on!"
"The lessons are developmentally appropriate for the kindergarten aged student. They incorporate literature, questioning and response, and tie the lesson up with a highly engaging activity. The lessons are the perfect amount of time. Morgan is a fantastic facilitator and understands the young learner. That is critical! The students look forward to her visits each month! Morgan is willing to share her expertise outside the lesson time. She is a wealth of knowledge about agricultural literature and other resources that may enhance learning that we are doing."