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Dean Dittmar.
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3358 Big Pine Trail
Champaign, IL 61822
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New Plant & Animal Biology Course & Lessons - Feb 8 Training

Thursday, December 13, 2018

*Sent to all contacts, principals, & guidance counselors.

We are excited to announce the release of a new Illinois agricultural education course titled: Plant and Animal Biology.  With the course announcement will be the release of 162 new and revised lesson plans as three new libraries in that address the Next Generation Science Standards.    Attached are:
-Course description/outline
-List of all 162 lessons
-Plant Pathology lesson plan example

3 New Libraries
NGSS Plants - 27 Lesson plans, PowerPoints, and Eunits
NGSS Animals - 36 Lesson plans, PowerPoints, and Eunits
NGSS Horticulture - 99 Lesson plans, PowerPoints, and Eunits
(Scheduled release and training at IAVAT Conference, June 18-20, 2019)

To receive access to these new(53) Plant and Animal lessons, ag teachers will be required to attend a hands-on professional development training scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019, from 1 pm to 4:30 pm at a north location(Schaumburg area) and a south location(Collinsville area).  This training will coincide with the 212 conference professional development for ag teachers.   Please RSVP by January 11th even if already registered for the 212 conference.  Every ag teacher that attends will receive $100+ worth of lab supplies and resources to use in teaching these new lessons.

We understand that every ag teacher will not be able to attend the training on February 8th though we are encouraging everyone to make every effort to attend.   After February 8th, we will regroup in trying to schedule future trainings in the spring and summer.

The Plant and Animal Biology course will be added to the Agricultural Science pathway as a group two skill course and across the four other pathways as a group three course.   Click for ag course pathways.  We are working with ISBE to obtain a course number for this new course prior to the training.   We are also working with universities to have this course fulfill lab science entrance requirements and NCAA eligibility.   

The new lesson plans will follow the 5 E lesson design model which supports inquiry based instruction:

  • Engage
  • Explore
  • Explain
  • Elaborate
  • Evaluate

In addition, the Aquacultural Science & Technology course will be added to the Natural Resources Conservation Management Pathway.

Thank you.  If additional information is needed, please reply to this email or contact your FCAE program advisor.

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PlantAnimal Biology Course Outline Jan2019.pdf
NGSS Plant Animal Horticulture Lessons.pdf
Plant Pathology.pdf