Over the last 30 years New York Agriculture in the Classroom has been involved with curriculum development and a variety of exciting educational partnerships and programs. While the resources and opportunities have evolved to meet the current educational climate, we still find value in the inspiration the programs and resources below offer. Explore and be inspired by our past programs and educational tools, and do not forget to engage in our most current resources on the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix.
NYAITC Lesson Plans
These are the lesson plans, in PDF format, from the original award-winning NYAITC notebooks. Lessons address concepts in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies using the food and fiber system as a theme. Lessons include teacher instructions, student activities, worksheets, answer keys, puzzles, and games.
Science of Life Explorations through Agriculture
SOLE stands for Science of Life Explorations through Agriculture. It is a set of lesson plans, grouped into themed units, developed by NYAITC in conjunction with Cornell's Integrated Pest Management program. Each lesson ties key concepts of agriculture and natural resources into the classroom curriculum for grades four and five, and is aligned with New York State Learning Standards across subject areas.
Make N Takes
These activities are quick and easy additions to any classroom, fair display or educational event.
- Food, Land & People
Food, Land & People is a nonprofit organization committed to helping people of all ages better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment, and people of the world.
- Ag Career Cards
The Agriculture Career Cards were developed in 2005 to highlight the many careers in agriculture to showcase to students the median wage, education level, job outlooks, and much as they consider their future career path. If you are looking for an updated, online resource of agriculture career profiles, videos, and career finder assessments we recommend AgExplorer.com.
- Growing a Nation
American history program for secondary teachers that features the story of American agriculture, an event timeline, lesson plans, and more!
- Web Education Resources
Find lots of useful websites for your classroom.
- STEM Teacher Experience with Beef
Join teachers from across New York State for a three-day, two-night experience connecting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with beef production. Touching on every aspect of the industry, teachers will have a chance to experience first-hand animal care, housing, feeding, transportation and more at each farm we visit.
- Orchard to Table
Extension educators and volunteers provide a 30-minute interactive lesson for 5th grade classes focusing on New York agricultural products and food systems careers through role-playing the people and processes that get apples from orchard to table.
- High Tunnels in Schools
A partnership between Cornell University's Department of Horticulture and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, the project's goal is to explore how high tunnels in school gardens can maximize garden-based learning and agricultural literacy activities.
- I NY Agriculture Art Contest
The I NY Agriculture Art Contest is a great way for students to explore agriculture and the food system and to meet the New York State Learning Standards in your classroom. Students learn more about where food comes from and why it is important that they understand agriculture in New York State as part of this art and writing contest.
- Kids Growing Food
Kids Growing Food prides itself on connecting kids to agriculture through growing food at school. This mini-grant program provides New York educators with financial start-up funds and educational tools that help integrate knowledge of the food and fiber system into the classroom.