Ag in the Classroom

In a typical year, 150 classrooms host over 100 volunteer presenters. Our presenters include farmers, other agribusiness professionals, and high school FFA members–all with a passion for agriculture. Find AITC volunteer information here.

Each presentation is designed to complement the curriculum at the intended grade level while emphasizing agriculture’s importance in our daily lives.

Our 1st-4th Grade AITC Presentations are offered in February, with a request deadline of early January. Find out more about the 1st-4th grade AITC Presentations (pdf)

During the 1st grade lesson, students find out what plants need to grow, how farmers grow their crops, and plant corn and soybean seeds as they learn of the many uses of each.

In the 2nd grade lesson, students learn about dairy farming and the nutritional benefits of dairy foods as they explore milk production and make their own ice cream.

The 3rd grade lesson allows students to connect to agriculture and science while they dissect corn kernels and explore corn uses. (This lesson was redeveloped in 2019.)

During the 4th grade lesson, students discover amazing ways Illinois agriculture connected to their own lives every day and use Illinois maps to located fascinating ag-related sites across our state.

Fifth Grade Ag in the Classroom Presentations are offered in November and December.

In the 5th grade lesson, students explore STEM careers in areas such as ag engineering, animal science, ag mechanics, and plant science and reinforce their new knowledge by playing career Bingo.