The purpose of this award is to encourage community agriculture awareness projects in Oregon’s FFA and high school agriculture programs. Cash prizes of $200, $150, $75, and $50 will be awarded to the top four award recipients to continue the development and expansion of their agriculture awareness projects. The top four teams will be recognized on stage during a general session at the Oregon FFA State Convention.
It’s easy to connect to your local elementary schools and present our annual Literacy Project. FFA Chapters schedule times to visit their local elementary schools, read the featured book, and complete the associated standards based hands-on lesson geared towards students in grades K-4. Start to finish, the reading and lesson take 45 minutes. The program is FREE and all materials are completely prepared by Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom. Each participating classroom receives a copy of the book. This is a great opportunity for your FFA Chapter to teach agricultural literacy to the next generation.
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom offers searchable, standards-based lesson plans for K-12 teachers. Lesson plans can be accessed directly from our website and are aligned with Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and Oregon Social Studies standards. Under our lesson plans tab, find Oregon specific lesson plans and a link to the Curriculum Matrix, a curriculum database provided by National Agriculture in the classroom.
Our Lending Library offers a variety of resources for you to check out to utilize in your classes, chapter events or other community related projects. Many of our lessons are available in kits that provide the materials needed to complete the activity, find a list of our available kits in our library.
Current Events in Agriculture
The Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Capital Press Current Events in Agriculture project combines a weekly activity with an up-to-date news story featuring various facets of agriculture. It emphasizes reading newspaper articles, then answering questions requiring critical thinking from Knowledge and Comprehension to Analysis and Evaluation.
Career Guides: Order a Class Set or E-Books
Explore different careers in agriculture by reading through this publication featuring Oregon agricultural professionals in plant sciences, animal and food systems and agribusiness and communications. Make sure to check out our video collection in conjunction with these careers!
Virtual Field Trips
Virtual Field Trips are FREE and a fun and engaging way for students to interact with farmers in REAL TIME! All that is needed to participate is stable internet connection and projection capabilities in your classroom. Watch previous virtual field trips!
Literature Circles Guide
Using agriculture as a contextual theme in literature circles allows students to choose publications on a variety of different subjects and encourages classroom discussion on common connections between the texts. Literature circles provide students the opportunity to explore agricultural texts of their interest engaging them in effective student-centered learning. This reinforces comprehension, analysis and evaluation. Find a list included in the guide of grade level appropriate agriculturally themed books.