Flat Aggie & Ag Careers

Educators, agronomists, animal nutritionists, and truck drivers; these are some of the many careers a part of the agriculture community! Our Flat Aggie newsletter is dedicated towards informing youth on different agriculture related topics. This year’s series informs students on a variety of agriculture careers.. Each issue will focus on daily responsibilities, educational requirements, and fun facts. Students will travel with Flat Aggie to a farm or ag business to explore the day in the life of a local industry professional. The Flat Aggie Adventures series includes pork, dairy, turkey and careers. Through this lesson, students will use STEM based skills to research and engineer their own Flat Aggie.

Our Flat Aggie Adventures newsletter series can be implemented into core curriculum through a variety of different ways and can be utilized for students of all ages. These newsletters include information about agriculture careers, informing students of a new career path or passion that could intrigue them, while also introducing new vocabulary terms and fun facts. Here’s a few ways you can incorporate Flat Aggie in your classroom:


Bell ringers!

During transition time, like taking attendance or collecting homework, you can display Flat Aggie on the overhead or print copies and ask the students to independently read or in a group setting spur off some short fun facts or questions to your students. This will get them in an engaging, educational mood to help transition to the next task. Some example bell ringers for our first edition, Communication Careers, would be:

Q: What is Ag Education?

A: Teaching of agriculture science, natural resources and land management.

Joke: I am jealous of agriculture majors who become farmers... Because they always find a job in their field.

Vocab or Spelling!

Quizzing students on vocabulary terms, spelling abilities, or memorization skills are some great ways to start off the day. Students are able to challenge themselves by learning complicated words they find in the Flat Aggie series that relate to agriculture. Some great terms for students of all ages to attempt to spell or learn the definition of are: agronomy, animal nutritionist, ruminant, innovation, etc.


Reading!

During a designated reading time, suggest students to read our Flat Aggie series! Students can work on their reading skills while learning about new career path options and fun facts or jokes that can make the reading period exciting yet informative.


Fun Games!

There are plenty of great games focused on agriculture careers that can be informative and fun for students! Agriculture career pictionary is a great example of this. Students can learn about a variety of different careers they might not be familiar with while also having a great time with fellow peers. This link is a great option for Ag Career Pictionary for older students.


You can find our Flat Aggie newsletter series on our website and in our monthly newsletters. A new issue will be released at the beginning of the month. Our first issue, Communication Careers, is available to download on our website. Let us know how you plan to incorporate Flat Aggie into your classroom. We hope it will inform and inspire students to pursue a career in ag.

Standards met:

w.3.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

R1.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

R1.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

3-LS2-1 Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.

4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival and growth.

5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers and the environment.

Essential Concept and/or Skill: Adjust to various roles and responsibilities and understand the need to be flexible to change.

Essential Concept and/or Skill: Demonstrate initiative, creativity, self–direction, and entrepreneurial thinking to produce successful outcomes.



Additional ideas:

Turkey Flat Aggie Series in November (Thanksgiving)

Dairy Flat Aggie Series in June (Dairy month)

Pork Flat Aggie Series in October (pork month)



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