COLUMBUS – New “smart board” lessons are now available as part of the Ohio Livestock Coalition’s (OLC) For Your InFARMation curriculum. Smart boards, interactive whiteboards that project images from a computer and allow touchscreen interaction by students, are increasingly used in the state’s classrooms as a valued learning tool.
Now in its third year, the For Your InFARMation program offers free educational materials for teachers designed to teach Ohio third-graders about the origins of the food they eat every day and about the important role agriculture plays in the state’s economy.The For Your InFARMation materials support key Ohio academic content standards for social studies, language arts, science and math, and can be downloaded free of charge.
“The Ohio Livestock Coalition created the For Your InFARMation program to help young students better understand where their food comes from and the critical role Ohio livestock farmers play in feeding Ohio and the world,” said David White, OLC executive director. “We heard directly from teachers that the curriculum would be enhanced with the addition of free smart board lessons, and we hope this resource will further encourage teachers to use these materials and educate their students about Ohio’s number-one economic contributor – agriculture.”The For Your InFARMation materials were developed in consultation with a curriculum consultant and practicing third-grade teacher. Instructional resources include the following:
- Student Guide with a variety of nonfiction reading passages
- Teacher’s Guide with complete lesson plans and links to additional resources
- Ready-to-use worksheets and smart board lessons to reinforce key content and skills.
Through these materials students will learn about farmers and the economy, livestock farming, keys to safe and healthy food, careers in agriculture and more.
Statewide Essay Contest
In addition, OLC also is sponsoring the third annual statewide essay contest for third-graders. The group will award two free, all-expenses-paid field trips to an Ohio livestock farm to the winning essay-writers’ entire class. More specific information about the essay contest rules and submission deadline is available.
OLC is a not-for-profit organization representing collective interests of Ohio’s livestock sector and affiliated stakeholders.