With farmland making up 75 percent of the state of Illinois’ total land, it is no surprise that agriculture plays a dominant role in supporting the state’s economy. That’s why programs, such as Ag in the Classroom, hold a lot of importance in teaching young students where their food comes from.
Throughout the year, Ag in the Classroom offers students a variety of timely lesson plans for students. Warren- Henderson Ag in the Classroom Coordinator Anna Sharp gives a look into the lessons she plans for students as we head into Thanksgiving.
“One of my favorite topics, not anything we raise around here- cranberries. We talk about cranberries, we talk about turkeys,” said Sharp. “One of my favorite lessons is going through some of the Thanksgiving foods they are going to be eating and figuring out what the main product or crop that we need for that food and where it’s grown in the United States. That is a fun one, to look at the map and figure out who grows the most green beans and who grows the most sweet potatoes.”In December, Sharp adds that she will talk with students about trees and tree farming.