Ag In The Classroom

Vermilion County: Winter 2020 Edition

Hello Principals & Teachers,

You can still sign up for lessons this year! Depending on your current school status, I can tailor lessons to accommodate the needs of your classroom. We are offering virtual lessons by Zoom or Google Meets that can be in the classroom, at home, or on YouTube. All three options will offer FREE Ag bags that contain materials for the lesson.

I am currently teaching our Chocolate lesson that runs through January 15th. This lesson has been a very SWEET one for students! They learn all about Cocoa Farmers and where their chocolate comes from. If interested, please contact me.

Thank you again for your support in our program as we navigate this year!


Thea Gernand

Lesson Schedule

Chocolate: Now - January 15th

Dairy Cows: January 6th- February 12th

Sheep: February 16th- March 24th

Water: April 7th- May 14th

Youtube Lesson on Chocolate

Click on the link below to access the Chocolate lesson. Contact Mrs. Gernand to receive your FREE Ag bag that contains the lesson materials for this lesson. You can show this video to your classroom in school or at home...all on your on time! Printable worksheets can be accessed in the YouTube notes section as well.

K-2nd Grade:

3rd-5th Grade:

Ag Teacher Of The Year Announced!

Ms. Joan Dale: Teacher at Schlarman Academy

I moved to Danville 32 years ago from a south suburb of Chicago. I am the mother of four children and five grandchildren. This is my fifth year of teaching at Schlarman Academy. I previously taught twenty years at Danville District #118. Here at Schlarman I teach 4th, 5th, and 6th grade Language Arts.I have been participating in the Ag in the classroom for many years. I along with my students have learned so much about agriculture from this excellent program.

Illinois Ag in the Classroom

Upcoming Interview with "Pick a Pine Tree" Author

"Pick a Pine Tree," by Illinois author Patricia Toht, is the perfect book to spread some holiday cheer this year. We're even visiting with the author on Thursday, December 10 at 1:00 P.M. if you and your students would like to join us live for the 30 minute interview. Sign up for the webinar link here:

"Pick a Pine Tree" Book Recommendation

Pinecone Adaptation Experiment

This week's lesson from

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom

is a great way for your students to practice their scientific inquiry skills all while learning about pinecone adaptations! Find the full lesson plan here:

Virtual Tree Farm Tour

IAITC Helmig Xmas trees

Additional Resources

FREE Ag Mags

Ag in the Classroom is offering FREE Ag Mags to schools! These newsletters can be incorporated into students school lunches or homework packets to offer an educational reading alternative for grades 3 and up. Each Ag Mag explains a different part of agriculture's food system and provides students with at-home activities to complete. If you or your school is interested, please call Mrs. Gernand at

You can electronically access the FREE Ag Mags using the link below:

Below are examples of Ag Mags available:

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