Sandy Dorn – Lincoln
Meadow Lane Elementary is a very active Agriculture in the Classroom participant. Fourth grade teacher, Sandy Dorn, works closely each year with her schools librarian to find books that expose youth to the many concepts of agriculture. With the mini-grant funds, the school will purchase several books and DVD’s to enrich their agricultural selection in their library and classrooms.
Nancy Dondlinger – Lincoln
Each November Maxey Elementary holds an Agricultural fair for the fourth grade student’s families. To prepare for this event, students research the major crops and livestock grown in Nebraska. They will search for production of each and compare them to other top producing states. The students will also research the uses of each commodity. They will then create posters, charts, handouts, etc. to display at a commodity booth at the school’s agricultural fair. The funds received from this mini-grant will be used to purchase additional books, curriculum and supporting materials for each fourth grade classroom to aid the students in their research efforts about agriculture products of Nebraska.
Angela Holdren – Omaha
First graders from Martin Luther King Jr. elementary will use their mini-grants funds to travel to a pumpkin patch for a hands-on learning experience about agriculture. Students will learn all about how pumpkins and several other fruits and vegetables grow, pet the many farm animals and observe a beehive in action. This experience will provide a first look at agriculture to many of these students.
Joan Hansen – Pender
Third graders at Wayne Elementary will get an in-depth education on the life cycles of plants by doing research in their classrooms using a Vernier LabQuest Interface. This tool being bought with the mini-grant funds will allow the students to see how different variables affect seeds and plant growth. Students will connect Nebraska agriculture to eco-systems and to variations of life cycles.
Julie Walling – Omaha
Students at Crestridge Magnet Center in Omaha will learn how severe weather affects farmer’s crops. During this project, students will plant soybean plants and record how they are doing, close to the end of the growing cycle student will experiment with weather simulations including hail storms, tornadoes, floods, drought, etc. Mini-grant funds will assist this learning experience buy purchasing books that supplement learning and supplies to help conduct the experiments.