Elkhart Community Schools with the support and partnership of Elkhart County Farm Bureau offers an AgriScience curriculum incorporated into classrooms across the district. Currently 21 classrooms of students are participating in hands-on AgriScience activities ranging from indoor gardens to potato baskets to chick hatching.

“Students get very excited about the chicks,” says Cyndy Keeling, AgriScience coordinator for the district. “They learn the environment required to incubate and hatch an egg, and … how to take care of a chick. Eventually, they’ll learn the full life cycle – embryos develop in an egg and become chicks, and chicks grow into chickens who become our food.” It’s this approach to AgriScience that takes students from raising chicks to recognizing, understanding, and respecting the importance of food sources.

The lessons offer students a way to be very engaged in their learning.  And, as noted by Mrs. Sondra Flora, a first-grade teacher at Mary Beck Elementary, “AgriScience also provides background for rich and engaging lessons in reading, writing, math and science.” Many students today may not have direct experience with farms and tractors, and this curriculum is helping them develop a deeper understanding about where food comes from and understand the importance of agriculture in our community.

Follow the link to learn more about the AgriScience program and how students in Elkhart Community Schools are engaged in this curriculum in and outside the classroom. From classroom to farm to table, students at Elkhart Community Schools are learning science curriculum, and the equally important lesson of where their food comes from and what it takes to grow it.

This post was created in collaboration with Brenda S. Kolbe, Director of Communication, Elkhart Community Schools

Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.

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