Ag Mags & Terra Nova Readers
What are Ag Mags and where can you get them?
Ag Mags are 4 pages, full-colored "news magazines." Each issue covers a specific agricultural topic along with math, science, social studies, and language arts activities. They come in a package of 30. They are FREE for Illinois teachers! Order any issue you would like, read them in the classroom, send them home, or keep them from year to year. All Ag Mags can be viewed at: http://www.agintheclassroom.org. The Ag Mags we have available in stock are listed below.
- Apples: Explore apple production, history, growth and varieties.
- Beef: This issue features articles such as “Breeds of Beef Cattle” and “Beef Brief” along with information about beef cattle and their diets and animal identification.
- Careers: The Career Ag Mag offers readers a sample of jobs in agricultural business, environmental services, natural resources, ag mechanics and plant, animal and food sciences. The information includes the training and education required.
- Corn: Check out the new baseball theme. This issue features "Ethanol Hits a Homerun" and "This Food is a Grand Slam" along with many interesting articles and updated corn facts.
- Dairy: Follow the route of dairy from the farm to the store to your home to your body.
- Horse*: Explore horses in the past and the present day.
- Livestock*: Livestock production is an important part of Illinois agriculture. Farmers supply us with products we depend on. Our lives revolve around having access to affordable, high quality food, clothing and supplies. Farmers must have knowledge, skill, compassion and patience to make sure we have these products.
- Nutrition: Focuses on consumption agriculture and uses the food plate and exercise to optimize nutrition and fitness.
- Pollinator: Features native Illinois plants that serve as pollinator hosts, discuss what farmers do, and what students can do to help protect and encourage pollinator habitats.
- Pork*: Care of livestock as well as a strong emphasis on the environmental aspect of pork production.
- Pumpkins: Language, Science, and Social Science standards are address through genetics, blossom dissection, Thanksgiving, and Halloween
- Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Illinois produces many specialty crops all year long.
- Soils and Fertilizer: Erosion, soil profiles, and usable land for food production are examined through Science-based standards.
- Soybeans: The versatile soybean is examined with an emphasis on Nutrition, Economics and Geography. Math and Science standards are also addressed in this issue.
- Urban: This issue features articles such as “Where do you live?” and “Grow Your Mind” along with an article on the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.
- Water:The water cycle, water transportation, water pollution, and water conservation are addressed through Math and Science standards.
- Wheat: Wheat can be found in many different products. Although Illinois isn’t a major player in wheat production, we can and do grow a fair amount.
TERRA NOVA READERS
To examine agriculture as it relates to Math, Science, Social Studies, Language and Writing. These commodity readers and sample student questions have been developed and made available for teachers to implement. Designed to mirror the Terra Nova Test, these reads are a way to expose students to more non-fiction based texts. The questions can be answered using the text and are designed to take about 10 minutes per area.
We propose the following structure for implementing this program·
- Distribute reader or have students read together on-line
- Language Activity
- Science or Social Studies Activity
- Math Activity
- Writing Activity
PLEASE NOTE THAT AN ANSWER COMPONENT IS LOCATED AT THE BACK OF EACH SECTION.