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Crops in the Classroom
05/05/16

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School visited the Litton Agriculture Campus on May 5, 2016. The students learned about plants in class and came out to get their hands a little dirty. This was made possible by the Litton Crusaders program sponsored by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. The students came to the Litton Ag Campus and transplanted marigolds into pots to take home.

The project began in March when the marigolds were seeded, and the students received weekly pictures of the seeds' progress until they were able to come out and transplant them into bigger pots. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the transplanting process. When the students finished transplanting their flowers, they took a tour of the campus. While on the tour of the campus, they visited the pond, saw animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, and enjoyed being outside for the afternoon. All of the students had a great time.

Crops in the Classroom
04/25/16


Making a flower out of pipe cleaners

On April 25, 2016, first grade students from Dewey Elementary school went on an educational trip to Indian Creek Lake. While at Indian Creek, the students participated in seven different learning stations which included: water invertebrates, Predator/Prey book and game, Nature Scavenger Hunt on a trail, learning about parts of a plant with the Litton Crusaders, checking out the fishing dock, body coverings of animals with Babe Roy, and observing nature with magnifying glasses on a trail. Funding for this trip was provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation Discover Nature School Grant.


Parts of a plant relay race

Crops in the Classroom
04/19/16

Students from all the second grade classes at Field Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience with the assistance of the Litton Crusaders on April 19, 2016. The students learned about soil in the classroom through their regular curriculum and with a little assistance from the Litton Crusaders program put that knowledge to use.

The students conducted a lab experiment using different materials to assist with the prevention of soil erosion. The students created erosion barriers made out of different materials, filled those barriers with soil, then poured water over them to see which prevention method worked best. The students enjoyed learning about soil erosion with a little bit of fun mixed in.

High school students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center conducted the morning activities. All in all, the kids had fun and would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program.

Crops in the Classroom
04/14/16

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School received a little assistance from the Litton Crusaders at the Litton Ag Campus on April 14, 2016. The students were learning about plants in class and were given the opportunity to get their hands a little dirty by planting marigold seeds.

The project will continue for the next couple of weeks with students receiving weekly pictures of the seeds progress until the plants are ready to be transplanted into bigger pots. The students will then come to the Litton Ag Campus and transplant the marigolds into pots and take home. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first grade students in the planting process. All of the students had a great time.

Crops in the Classroom
03/10/16

Students from Mrs. Nowland and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience, as well as warm sunshine, on March 10, 2016. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from the Litton Crusaders program.

During the previous couple of weeks, the students learned all about soybean, wheat, cotton, rice and corn. The students were given the opportunity to walk to Hy-Vee and learn what products are made from these crops. Students read food packages to see how many items were made from grains, as well as looking at the food label ingredients list to see what grains were used to produce those foods.

The students then assisted the teachers with picking out products to purchase for a special activity. During the special activity, students got make a smoothie using products that were produced by plants; they also got to try a variety of different types of crackers made from different types of grain.

Crops in the Classroom
10/09/15

Students from Mrs. Nowland and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on October 9, 2015. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from a Litton Crusaders program.

During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, and corn. The students were given the opportunity to handle seeds and learn about what products are made from these crops.

On Thursday, the students got some help from the high school students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center to assist with a special activity. During the activity, students removed the corn kernels from the cob and then counted those kernels using a number chart. The groups were comparing ears of corn to see which ones produced the most kernels.

Following the activity, the high school students showed the first graders what type of equipment were needed to harvest those crops by using toy replicas.

Litton Crusaders / Dewey
05/19/15

Students from all the Kindergarten classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Agriculture Campus on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The students learn about agriculture in the classroom through their regular curriculum and assistance from the Litton Crusaders program. During the school year, students have learned all about animals on the farm, crops grown on the farm, and what farmers provide to the general population.

As part of the Litton Crusaders program, as well as the Livingston County Farm Bureau, students got the opportunity to go to the Litton Agriculture Campus for a farm experience with a little fun mixed in. High school students from the Litton Agriculture Education Center assisted in the days' activities.

The elementary students got to pet and see several different farm animals, take a hay ride, see the greenhouse, and play on a farm obstacle course. All in all, the kids had a fun day and would like to thank the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation for supporting this activity through the Litton Crusaders program and the Livingston County Farm Bureau giving the children the opportunity to come and explore on the farm.

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION
May 7 and 11, 2015

Students from Field Elementary, Southwest Elementary and Chula Elementary had a hands-on learning experience at the Litton Ag Campus on May 7 and 11, 2015. The students were learning about soil with assistance from their Partners in Education, the Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The classes involved were Drenda Neptune's1st grade at Southwest; Debbie Moore's 3rd/4th grade at Chula; and Billie McGraw's 3rd grade class at Field.

Kristen Lourenco from the SWCD visited each of the partner classes once a month during the school year and conducted different soil lessons with them. The overall topics for the lessons were What is Soil, Who uses Soil, What Lives in Soil, and Where is Our Soil Going. The students and Kristen were able to make edible soil profiles (aka dirt pudding) when talking about what soil is. They made mini-pizzas, tracing every ingredient back to the soil to show that without healthy soil, we wouldn't have healthy, abundant food. They used Gobstopper candies to talk about what erosion is... the candy "washes" away just like soil washes away if we don't do something to prevent it.

The year concluded with a field trip to the Litton Ag Campus to let the students see what they had learned about all year long. The message the SWCD tries to convey to the students is the importance of soil and how it affects every aspect of their daily lives.

Litton Crusaders / Dewey

05/05/15

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School visited the Litton Agriculture Campus on May 5, 2015. The students were learning about plants in class and came out to get their hands a little dirty. This was made possible by the Litton Crusaders program sponsored by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation.

The students got to come to the Litton Ag Campus and transplanted marigolds into pots to take home. The project actually began in March when the marigolds were seeded, and then the students received weekly pictures of the seeds progress until they got to come out and transplant them into bigger pots. The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the transplanting process.

When the students got finished transplanting their flowers, they took a tour of the campus. While on the tour of the campus they got to go to the pond, see animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs, as well as enjoy being outside for the afternoon. All of the students had a great time.

03/27/15

First grade students from Dewey Elementary School received a little assistance from the Litton Crusader's at the Litton Ag Campus on March 27, 2015. The students were learning about plants in class and were given the opportunity to get their hands a little dirty by planting marigold seeds.

The project will continue for the next couple of months by receiving weekly pictures of the seeds progress until the plants are ready to be transplanted into bigger pots. The students will then come to the Litton Ag Campus and get to transplant the marigolds into pots and take them home.

The high school agriculture students assisted with the first graders in the planting process. All of the students had a great time.

03/09/15

Students from Mrs. Nowland and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience, as well as warm sunshine, on March 9, 2015. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from the Litton Crusaders' program. During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, rice and corn.

The students got the opportunity to walk to Hy-Vee and learn about what products are made from these crops. Students read food packages to see how many items were made from grains, as well as looking at the food label ingredients list to see what grains were used to produce those foods.

Then the students assisted the teachers with picking out products to purchase for a special activity. During the special activity students got make a smoothie using products that were produced by plants; they also got to try a variety of different types of crackers made from different types of grain.

CROPS IN THE CLASSROOM
October 9, 2014

Students from Mrs. Nowland and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on October 9, 2014. The students were learning about Crops in the Classroom with assistance from a Litton Crusaders program.

During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, and corn. The students got the opportunity to handle seeds and learn about what products are made from these crops.

Then on Thursday, the students got some help from the high school students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center to assist with a special activity. During the activity students got to remove the corn kernels from the cob and then count those kernels using a number chart. The groups were comparing ears of corn to see which one produced the most kernels. Following the activity, the high school students used toy replicas to show the first grade students what type of equipment was needed to harvest those crops.

CROPS IN THE CLASSROOM
October 4, 2012

Students from Mrs. Nowland's and Miss Snyder's first grade classes at Dewey Elementary School were having a hands-on learning experience on October 4, 2012. The students were learning about "Crops in the Classroom" with assistance from a Farm Bureau Mini-Grant and the Litton Crusaders program. During the previous couple of weeks, the students were learning all about soybean, wheat, cotton, and corn. The students got the opportunity to handle seeds and learn what products are made from these crops.

On Thursday, the students got some help from the high school students at the Litton Agriculture Education Center to assist with a special activity. During the activity, students removed the corn kernels from the cob and then counted those kernels using a number chart. The groups were comparing ears of corn from a non-drought year to this year's drought corn. Following the activity, the high school students showed the first graders what type of equipment, using toy replicas, was needed to harvest those crops.

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