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Lesson plans, ideas and activities to promote teaching agriculture every day of the year

Please encourage your students to consider agricultural education as a career, because without them, there won't be enough ag teachers to keep our programs going.

Use these resources to celebrate & bring awareness to the career of agricultural education, whether it's on Teach Ag Day or any day. For details on any of these activites, just click the link.

Ideas for...

Ideas for Middle/High School Students

Sample Class Outlines for Middle or High School
Use the outlines coupled with the lesson plans below to make Teach Ag Day planning easy.
  • Create a personalized letter for students you think would make good ag teachers.  Include information about why you think he or she would be a good ag teacher as well as information about the career.  You may even want to send a carbon copy to the parents. Letter Example
  • Work with your school district to do an ag teacher exchange for the day. During the exchange describe your path to becoming an ag teacher and why you love it.
  • Play "Are You Smarter than your Ag Teacher?, Teach Ag Feud, Think Like Your Ag Teacher, or Teach Ag Cash Bus." Details and download games
  • Have the students be the teacher for the day. Put them in charge of the class for 10 minutes; they have to create a meaningful lesson on a topic of their choice with instructor preapproval. Lesson plan
  • Research the duties, salary, job outlook, education, etc. needed to become an ag teacher or other agricultural education professional. Lesson plan
  • Share your individual path to becoming an ag teacher and encourage your students to ask you questions about your career. Lesson plan
  • Have a "dress like your ag teacher day."
  • Have students research a post-secondary school that offers a degree in agricultural education. Lesson plan
  • Host a university agricultural education student or former student who is currently an ag teacher from your program to share his or her experiences. Lesson plan
  • Host a Farm Business Management instructor to talk about his or her job. Lesson plan
  • Make arrangements for your students to plan and teach lessons to elementary students. Your students get the feeling of teaching and conducting an actual class, and the elementary students learn a little more about agriculture. Lesson plan
  • If you have a student or students who are interested in teaching agriculture, line up a job shadowing experience with a teacher at a nearby program. Activity guide
  • Have interested students spend the day with a student who is majoring in agricultural education. Activity guide
  • Give each student a slip of paper with a career related to agriculture on it. Have them research and share with the rest of the class how agricultural education plays a role in the prosperity of that career. Lesson Plan
  • Have your class or FFA chapter nominate students who would make great ag teachers and give them some type of award or recognition.
  • Create "talk topics" where students get up in front of the class and talk about a topic for a set number of minutes. This allows students to begin to feel more comfortable talking in front of a classroom.
  • Have students create a 3-5 minute video about the joys of being an ag teacher. Lesson plan.
  • Host an open house for members of the community and school to see the ag department and what you are accomplishing. Activity guide
  • Have an ag teacher of the month award for a student who stands out the most in class and displays ag teacher-like qualities.  Create a little area on the bulletin board to highlight them.
  • Set-up a PALS program in your school or make arrangements for students who are interested in being an ag teacher design and present lessons to the elementary and junior high on agriculture.
  • Bring in representatives from the ag education department at the colleges in your state that offer ag education.  Use the college finder here on the Teach Ag Website for a listing of universities. 
  • Host an open “teach” night at school where students plan, prepare and teach short lessons to an open forum.  
  • Killingly High School Elementary Ag Club - Bethany Royer, an ag teacher at Killingly High School in Connecticut, developed this document as a guide for an after-school elementary program to raise awareness of agriculture topics. A great way to get your high school students involved in teaching. Download

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Post-Secondary Students (2-year technical schools)
  • Create a personalized letter for students you think would make good ag teachers.  Include information about why you think he or she would be a good ag teacher as well as information about the career.  You may even want to send a carbon copy to the parents. Letter Example
  • Give each student a slip of paper with a career related to agriculture on it. Have them research and share with the rest of the class how agricultural education plays a role in the prosperity of that career. Lesson Plan
  • Play "Are You Smarter than your Ag Teacher?, Teach Ag Feud, Think Like Your Ag Teacher, or Teach Ag Cash Bus." Details and download games
  • Have your students contact a nearby high school ag program and shadow the teacher for a day. Lesson plan
  • Have your students contact a nearby high school ag program and talk with the students about their classes and ag teacher and how those experiences influenced them.
  • Have your students write a letter to their former ag teacher thanking them for helping and guiding them. Lesson plan
  • Arrange an event on campus about agricultural education or set up a booth or display in a high-traffic area. Activity guide
  • Host a departmental open house for students, members of the community, and other school personnel. Activity guide

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Adult Farm Business Management Instructors
  • Write a letter to the editor about being an ag teacher. Example
  • Send a letter to those enrolled in your program thanking them for allowing you to be an ag teacher. Example
  • Contact a local high school and talk to the class about how having a degree in agricultural education can lead to many different career paths, like being a farm business management instructor. Example
  • Hold an appreciation event for all the other agricultural educators in the region/district.
  • Host an open house for students, members of the community, and other school personnel. Activity guide
  • Have an ag teacher of the month award for a student who stands out the most in class and displays ag teacherish qualities.  Create a little area on the bulletin board to highlight them.
  • Set-up a PALS program in your school or make arrangements for students who are interested in being an ag teacher design and present lessons to the elementary and junior high on agriculture.
  • Bring in representatives from the ag education department at the colleges in your state that offer ag education.  Use the college finder here on the Teach Ag Website for a listing of universities. 
  • Host an open “teach” night at school where students plan, prepare and teach short lessons to an open forum.  
  • Killingly High School Elementary Ag Club - Bethany Royer, an ag teacher at Killingly High School in Connecticut, developed this document as a guide for an after-school elementary program to raise awareness of agriculture topics. A great way to get your high school students involved in teaching. Download

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University level: Teacher Educators, Ag Ed Majors, & Ag Ed Student Organizations
  • Have students write thank you letters to their former ag teacher. Example
  • Have students send a letter to the editor of their hometown newspaper about their local ag teacher and the influence he or she had on their lives and choice of major.
  • Set up a booth in an area of campus where agricultural education might not be as widely recognized and pass out literature about being an ag teacher. Activity guide | Download Teach Ag Brochure
  • Have ag ed students write a letter to their high school principal, superintendent, or other administrator thanking them for having an ag program and talking about how their ag teacher has influenced their lives.
  • Connect with your local Cooperative Extension office or other community resource to target people who may be currently in the workforce but considering a career change.
  • Encourage your student ag ed organization(s) to enter the Teach Ag Day Collegiate contest. Contest details
  • Play "Are You Smarter than your Ag Teacher?, Teach Ag Feud, Think Like Your Ag Teacher, or Teach Ag Cash Bus." Details and download games
  • Create an ag education major mentoring program with new or transfer students and junior/senior ag education majors. Activity guide
  • Contact local high school ag programs and ask if you can be part of the National Teach Ag Day celebration in their school.
  • Line up a speaking engagement with a local high school to talk with students in math and science courses about opportunities within agricultural education emphasizing math and science applications. See this lesson plans for possible talking points
  • Host a high school student for the day and have them attend classes with you. Give them a tour of your school and introduce them to the agricultural education professors. Activity guide
  • Host a departmental open house of VIP day for students interested in majoring in agricultural education. Activity guide
  • Host a departmental open house for students, members of the community, other faculty and administrators. Activity guide
  • Host or be part of an undergraduate forum on campus where undergraduate students interact and question current agriculture teachers in an informal panel session. Activity guide 

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Ideas for State Agricultural Education Leaders

  • Create a personalized letter for students you think would make good ag teachers.  Include information about why you think he or she would be a good ag teacher as well as information about the career.  You may even want to send a carbon copy to the parents. Letter Example
  • Invite ag ed undergraduates to your summer ag teachers conference and offer workshops designed for undergraduates and first year teachers.
  • Recognize senior students who will be majoring in ag education on stage at the State FFA Convention. 
  • Implement a Teach Ag CDE at your State FFA Convention.
  • Have a guess the ag teacher contest at state convention. Include pictures and facts about ag teachers from across the state while students try to guess who the picture or fact represents.
  • Have students create mini commercials about their ag teacher and show the commercials at convention or at the summer ag teachers conference.
  • Work with other leaders in your state and offer a Teach Ag Workshop at State FFA Convention for students considering a career in ag education. Workshop can be open to anyone or by special invitation only. Give each attending teacher a few TAGGED to Teach Ag stickers with their registration packet to designate students selected for the workshop. Access sticker templates here. | Workshop planning resources

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Ideas for Everyone

  • Create a personalized letter for students you think would make a good ag teachers.  Include information about why you think he or she would be a good ag teacher as well as information about the career.  You may even want to send a carbon copy to the parents. Letter Example
  • Organize a visit to your state legislative body on Teach Ag Day to talk with lawmakers about agricultural education and the importance of ag teachers in your state. Use NAAE's Legislative Action Center to help plan your visit.
  • Write a letter to the editor about your local ag teacher. Example
  • Write a letter to the editor about your local ag program. Example
  • Send a letter of appreciation to ag teachers in your state (state supervisors and Alumni or advisory boards). Example
  • Mentor and connect with new teachers in your state to encourage them to stay in the profession.
  • Encourage students to join the Teach Ag campaign at http://www.naae.org/teachag

IDEAS USING SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter: Challenge yourself to share an agricultural education story in 140 characters or thread your story throughout the day with multiple tweets. Tag us with @Teach_Ag or use hashtag #teachag. Follow the Teach Ag feed to stay up to date with ag ed, learn about scholarship opportunities, or stay focused on your goals of becoming an agriculture teacher.

                Sample tweets:

  • Get tagged to teach ag! #teachag
  • College- and career-ready thanks to ag ed! #teachag
  • Food, fiber, & fuel for 300,000,000 Americans  #teachag
  • Ag ed connects abstract concepts with real-world challenges. #teachag
  • Ag teachers teach by doing, not just telling. #teachag
  • Cloning, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy: it’s not sci-fi, it’s ag ed. #teachag
  • Reach more students in an nontraditional classroom #teachag
  • Watch students shine in ag ed and prepare for bright futures. #teachag
  • Teach the new 3Rs: rigor, relevance, and relationships; teach ag. #teachag
  • How do you feed 7 billion people? #teachag
  • Vet science, ecotourism, floral design, & nanotechnology under one major. #teachag
  • Ag ed combines labs, lectures, and land. #teachag
  • Ag ed: a special blend of tradition and the future. #teachag
  • Want a career with flexibility, variety, and travel? Teach Ag. #teachag
  • No two ag programs are the same. No two days are the same in one program. #teachag

Facebook: Tag your friends to Teach Ag with a status update, or write your ag ed story as your status or on our Facebook wall; don’t forget that you can tag your local program, agriculture teacher, media, and supportive local businesses with the @ symbol and their name. You can also post to your legislator's Facebook wall. Don’t forget that you can use Facebook to facilitate event planning. “Like” the Teach Ag page to stay up to date with ag ed, learn about scholarship opportunities, and stay focused on your goals of becoming an agriculture teacher.

                Sample updates from students:

  • I’m tagged to teach ag! @Teach Ag
  • Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer with 28 million jobs. Thanks @[your instructor] for giving me career skills!
  • There are 12,000 ag teachers in the US, but mine is the best. Thanks, @[your instructor]
  • FFA taught me leadership; my SAE gave me experience; Ag Ed brought it together in one classroom. @Teach Ag
  • Ag is my only class that uses all five senses. Thank you @[your instructor]

Sample updates from teachers:

  • Today, I’m tagging @[insert student] to teach ag!
  • I love being an ag teacher because [insert reason] @Teach Ag
  • There are 800,000 ag students nationwide but I have the best every year. @Teach Ag
  • I know what the future leaders look like because I teach ag. @Teach Ag
  • Why try to explain miracles to kids when you can have them plant a garden, raise a calf, or look at an atomic structure? @Teach Ag

Sample updates from anyone:

  • @[insert friend], I’m tagging you to teach ag!
  • Never have the same day twice! Think about teaching ag! @[insert friend]
  • Be a trendsetter and know the latest technology! Think about teaching ag! @[insert friend]
  • I am an agvocate for ag ed, because my community wouldn’t be the same without it! @Teach Ag

Blog: Write a blog post about agriculture education and send us the link.

                Sample posts prompts:

  • What role does agricultural education play in your community? Think of your current ag program, alumni groups, local businesses, industry supporters, and those who might not even realize the connection.
  • How has agriculture impacted your life?
  • Why are you studying to be an ag teacher or why did you become one?
  • What are your favorite ag courses or class activities?
  • How does ag education make academic lessons concrete?
  • What the one thing that you wish everyone knew about ag education?
  • Should STEM change to STEAM?
  • Profile an ag leader in your community.
  • Talk about how you’ve incorporated one or more current events into a class to help students see the connection between agriculture and their lives.

Video: Post a video to SchoolTube or YouTube and send us the link.

Tumblr: Start an open Tumblr where anyone can share ag education stories and/or photos and art.  

General Tips:

  • Link to outside information.
  • Be direct.
  • Use active verbs.
  • Alternate facts and a story.

If you create something, let us know! Email Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu

Would you like to some more tips on using social media in school? Here’s ACTE list of tips.

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Teach Ag Games, Ringtones & Fun Stuff

GOAL - self guided course for potential ag teachers
Another good resource is growouragleaders.com. It is a self-guided, online course created by Luke Beam, an agricultural educator in North Carolina. It is a course designed to help students understand what being an ag teacher is all about.

Killingly High School Elementary Ag Club
Bethany Royer, an ag teacher at Killingly High School in Connecticut, developed this document as a guide for an after-school elementary program to raise awareness of agriculture topics. A great way to get your high school students involved in teaching. Download

CASH BUS

When your students board cash bus, they instantly become contestants answering tough agriculture-related questions. Several versions are included in the package, or you can change the answers and questions on the template and use as a review tool for any subject. Download the game.

Are You Smarter Than Your Ag Teacher?


Use this Powerpoint game to challenge your students. A fun way to get them thinking about the knowledge and skills required to become an agricultural educator. You can also change the answers and questions on the template and use as a review tool for any subject.

Download game
Download instructions

Teach Ag Feud


This Flash-based game uses answers collected from ag teachers all over the United States. Another fun way to get your students thinking about what it's really like to be an ag teacher. Questions range from "What is your least favorite subject to teach," to "What item do students most often forget to bring to class?" and everything in between.

*Flash game - you must download entire zip package to use the game (see instructions file after in downloaded materials) Download package

Think Like Your Ag Teacher

Pose a question to the class relating to the profession of Ag Education, either orally or use the PowerPoint on the Teach Ag Website and modify as needed.  The students will write down what they think you would do.  At the same time you write down what you would do.  After 10-20 seconds have students hold up what they think you would do, then hold up your answer.  Students who have the same answer as you get a point.  The students with the most points get a prize to be determined by you. 

Download game
Download instructions


Teach Ag Video

NAAE members shared their time and passion to create this short video highlighting the great career of agricultural education and asking students to think about becoming ag teachers. Show it in your clasroom to start the day off with a bang.

Click below to watch it on your computer or for download options.