Using Agriculture to Teach NGSS in an Engaging Way


July 14 & 15 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Moville Community Center - Moville, IA


This fast-paced professional development will give teachers and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the new Iowa Core science standards (NGSS). Using agriculture as the context to teach Next Generation Science Standards, course participants will integrate agriculture into lessons to make learning real and relevant for students. Social studies, math, and language arts connections will also be addressed. 

Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom. Student engagement and impact will be high.

During one day of the course participants will see new technologies applied as they tour an equipment dealership, and a livestock genetics service provider. Producers, scientists and other experts will showcase how agriculture uses science and management practices to ensure environmental and economic sustainability. The second day of the course will focus on developing lessons that use advancements in agriculture as the context to teach science. Participants will work with Northwest Iowa AEA and Iowa Agriculture Literacy Staff as they explore their grade's NGSS standards and develop ideas for applying what they learned during the workshop in a classroom setting. 

This is a one-credit course that is mixed instruction with onsite and online components offered through AEA PD Online (course # 22035199991701).  A pre-workshop survey, forums and assignment submissions will take-place online between July 1 and September 15.  The face-to-face sessions on July 14 & 15 in Moville are required. 


Fees:  The two-day in-person workshop is free to attend and includes on-site tours, hands-on activities, resource materials, lunches & more!  Licensure or graduate credit for the course is available for $25 - $75 depending on the type of credit and graduate institution you choose.

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Questions:  Contact Melissa Nelson, Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom, at or 402-669-5126


This workshop is hosted by Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom in collaboration with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. Please see the flyer here.