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'Growing in an Elementary Classroom '

Are you looking for ways to engage your students using hands-on activities that align to your standards? Participants will receive classroom ideas that can be implemented immediately throughout the school year to give students real world experience with the life cycle of a plant, gardening, greenhouses, hydroponics and more. Come hear from a primary and an upper elementary teacher that are currently doing just this!

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Angela Black
Email: angela.black@usd373.org
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Primary Presenter
Biosketch: Angela has been a teacher for 16 years, starting off in a kindergarten classroom where she spent 9 years and spending the last 7 years in a second grade classroom. She teaches at a rural Kansas school that integrates agriculture and horticulture within the curriculum using state standards. As the 2013 Kansas Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year, she has been striving to engage and excite students through hands-on, real life experiences. Her students are able to plan, plant, harvest and sell their produce in order to learn first hand where their food comes from.
Organization/Affiliation: Walton Rural Life Center
Toshia Widener
Email: toshia.widener@usd373.org
Speaker Order: 2
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Presenter 2
Biosketch: Toshia Widener is an upper elementary classroom teacher. She has taught for 6 years in both urban and rural communities. She created and implemented a unit with her urban students upon realizing that they did not understand where their food came from. Her 3rd grade class created a garden space on campus, planted vegetables, harvested, and ate what they grew. This had a huge impact on her students. She now teaches students in a rural setting, and is able to continue teaching gardening through hydroponics in the classroom. She focuses on conservation of land, soil, and resources.
Organization/Affiliation: Walton Rural Life Center