The At Home Learning page features weekly activities
By Diego Flammini
An industry organization is providing materials for elementary students to help them understand where food comes from.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) unveiled its At Home Learning page this week.
The free webpage will be updated each week with new activities to help young learners in elementary grades understand agriculture.
This week, for example, the lesson is titled “Who is a farmer?” The learning materials are designed for students between kindergarten and fifth grade.
The activities include video interviews with farmers, a game to explore careers in agriculture and suggestions for students and adults to have discussions about the industry.
“We are thrilled to be launching this weekly series of virtual learning tools for parents, teachers and students,” Daniel Meloy, executive director of AFBFA, said in a statement. “Providing engaging lesson plans and exciting content helps support our goal at the Foundation of Agriculture to provide an ‘easy button’ for at-home learning during this time so many of us are juggling priorities while trying to ensure kids enjoy virtual learning.”
Currently, the demand for ag education is greater than the number of available teachers.
The U.S. has about 12,000 ag teachers, the National Association of Agricultural Educators says.
Farms.com has reached out to the AFBFA and ag educators for comment.