Teacher Resources

2011 Realize Science Technology Grant For Agriculture In the Classroom
Over $5,000 in Awards, this grant is open to any teachers in the United States who integrates agriculture in their classroom. Each individual teacher awarded this grant a hand-held video microscope with 10-200x Zoom and 15x, 30x, 50x, 150x & 100x/200x fixed magnification tips, software to take still pictures, video, time lapse movies, etc., an adjustable stand and a new DISCOVERY attachment for viewing slides, aquatic samples and more. (Software compatible for Windows PC. Additional software for Mac available for K-8.) An analog version of Dlite for TV is available as an alternate.


Fourteen video microscope kits will be awarded in all, to ten grant winners. The top 2 winners will each get 3 microscope kits. Click here to download the grant application instructions and form.


The deadline for applications is March 31, 2011. Notification of grant awards will be sent out by April 15, 2011. Video microscopes and curriculum books will be delivered by May 31, 2011. This is a competitive grant based on the quality and value of the applicants intended use. We are looking for creative, innovative and educationally valuable uses of hand-held video microscopes. The final recipients of this grant are required to submit information after receipt and use of the equipment which may be shared with other teachers and educators to advance the use of this microscope technology in the classroom. Acceptable examples include: lesson plans, testimonials, anecdotal stories and student made work such as artwork/drawings, writings, movies, presentations, multimedia, reports, etc. For those who are awarded the grant the deadline for materials is December 31, 2011. Sponsored by STR – School Technology Resources.


Welch's® Harvest Grants Two schools in every state will be awarded a garden package that will empower entire school communities to connect with nature and better understand the source of their food. Hurry! Deadline for submission is Feb. 11, 2011. Visit scholastic.com/harvest and start working on your Welch’s® Harvest Grants Application.

CEV’s Retail Meat Cut ID app is the newest approach to mastering the ID portion of the meats judging contest or Career Development Event (CDE). Whether you are a beginner with no knowledge of meat cut identification, or you are an expert looking to brush up on your skills, this app is perfect for all levels. The Retail Cut ID app offers three modes of learning— Flash Cards, Quiz and Contest Simulator.


The Soil Profile app developed by UC Davis Soil Resource Laboratory allows users to identify soils and access soil survey data from any place in the lower 48 states that has cell phone coverage. Clicking on a soil name provides the user with information such as depth profiles of soil chemical and physical properties, land classification indices, land-use interpretations and links to a variety of other environmental databases. Whether teaching agronomy or working with a CDE team, this can be a useful learning tool.


Having trouble with students learning vocabulary, try Quizlet.com. Quizlet is the largest flash cards and study games website with over 4 million free sets of flashcards covering every possible subject. It's the best place to play educational games, memorize vocabulary and study online. Some enterprising ag teachers have already begun to load in agriculture vocabulary and you can access simply by typing agriculture in the search box. Ready-made enrichment extended learning activity and review practices.


Check out 100 ways to use social media for learning. Social media may have started out as a fun way to connect with friends, but it has evolved to become a powerful tool for education and business. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter and tools such as Skype are connecting students to learning opportunities in new and exciting ways. Whether you teach an elementary class, a traditional college class or at an online university, you will find inspirational ways to incorporate social media in your classroom with this list. Make sure you run any idea for using social media past your principal to ensure you are not violating any policies and they are aware of what you are doing. This is NOT an occasion where it is better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission.


Take the Work-Life Balance Quiz and find tips for creating your balance rather than letting the pressures of teaching agriculture burn you out. It’s important that all teachers learn to strike a balance so that we will have you in the classroom for years to come. Walden University hosts this quiz and tips for creating a balance between work and your home life.  


Intelitek and the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) announced the release of comprehensive assessments for two CASE courses:  “Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal,” and “Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.” Intelitek and CASE jointly developed these end-of-course assessments to enable secondary-school level agriculture programs to uniformly validate skills and concepts learned through the CASE program of study. The assessments will be delivered online via intelitek’s LearnMate assessment platform. Each includes a variety of question types that appeal to auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners. The assessments will be available in January 2011. For more information, contact Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director, dan.jansen@case4learning.org, or visit www.case4learning.org.


Sigma Alpha Sorority’s first annual scholarship essay contest is open to high-school seniors and collegiate students who have a sincere interest in agriculture.  The essay should consist of a discussion, based on the following three questions, which focus on the challenges and opportunities which one faces in the agriculture setting. 

  1. Discuss how YOU promote/influence agriculture in your community?  Please describe the activities and how you made an impact on your community and the agricultural industry.
  2. What leadership role in agriculture are you most proud of? Please describe the leadership role and how you served others by performing it.
  3. Describe your career goals, as related to the agriculture industry, and how you plan to achieve them.

Format: Entries must be submitted with a cover page (centered and single spaced) that includes First and Last Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, and Email Address. The essay should be Times New Roman, double-spaced, 12-point font, word count range from 1,500 to 2,000. Entries must be submitted online to document@sigmaalpha.org and received by 12:00am EST on February 15th, 2011.


Evaluation Procedure: One national winning essay will be selected on the following basis:

  • 50 points - Originality and creativity
  • 25 points - Compliance with the assigned questions
  • 25 points - Grammar and organization of content

Final judging and selection of one national winner will be made by a committee selected by Sigma Alpha Sorority. Results will be announced at www.sigmaalpha.org on March 1, 2011.


Awards: One winner will receive a $500 Educational Scholarship to be redeemed at an educational institution of the recipient’s choice, based on current enrollment verification. Entries cannot be returned and they become the property of the Sigma Alpha Sorority. The sorority reserves the right to use any or all entries for promotional purpose.​