This is the seventh year of AITC's Literacy Project! We are happy to report that each year the project has grown, reaching more students and schools. In fact, last year 600 outstanding volunteers read to 17,008 students across the state. Since the Literacy Project first began over 80,000 students have participated.
The goal of AITC's Literacy Project is to improve both the reading and agricultural literacy of Oregon students in grades K-5. Each year a new agriculturally-themed book is chosen and a lesson is developed that reinforces the message of the book. Then hundreds of enthusiastic, trained volunteers bring in-class field trips to classrooms throughout Oregon.
This year's special book is The Tree Farmer, a beautifully illustrated story of a boy and his grandfather, who is a tree farmer. This heart-warming tale takes readers on a magical journey through the forest, discovering the gift of trees and our responsibility to care for them, generation to generation.
Grade Level: K-4
Essential Skills: 2,4,5,9
Science Inquiry: K.3-4.3
Engineering Design: K.4-4.4
Health Education: HE.K.01-HE.4.01; HE.K.02-HE.4.02
The hands-on lesson that accompanies this year's book is called The Gift of Trees. Trees play an important part of our lives and we often don't recognize we are using products produced from trees. This lesson teaches students about all the different types of products and functions of trees. The lesson aligns with Oregon State Standards.
Art Standards: AR.K.CP.01 - AR.4.CP.01; AR.K.CP.02 - AR.4.CP.02
Health Education: HE.K.01–.HE.4.01; HE.K.02 - HE.4.02
The AITC Literacy Project runs March 10 to May 31.
Trained volunteers schedule times to visit schools and read to students grades K-4 and do a hands-on lesson to reinforce the book's message.
Start to finish, the reading and lesson take 45 minutes.
The program is free and all materials are completely prepared by AITC. Each classroom receives a copy of the book.
Planned training sessions will be held at the following events. Specific times/rooms will be posted when made available.
AITC staff is happy to arrange additional volunteer trainings upon request.
Additional Hands on Lessons, Materials and Books to Enhance Your Classroom
Click here to download a press release. You can send to your local media about the Literacy Project. The editable Word document allows you to add the location and dates volunteers are reading at schools.