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August 14, 2017 IAITC FarmWeek Bellringer Activity

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Welcome to the FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.

Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]

**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.

Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   

 Sweet corn harvest benefits many less fortunate Illinoisans (page 8)

  1.  Where is Jim Rapp from?  (Princeton in Bureau County )
  2. Describe the location of this county on a map of Illinois.  (Bureau County is slightly south and slightly west of the ½ way mark between Cook County (Chicago) and the Mississippi River.  It is in the northern 1/3 of the state of Illinois, north of Peoria.)
  3. Rapp first started donating sweet corn after discussions about food deserts in inner cities.  Using context clues, describe a food desert.  (A food desert is an area that has limited access to fresh food and vegetables.  There may be a ‘convenience store’ but limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  These are typically areas associated with high poverty, and are typically thought of as being urban.  There are rural food deserts, specifically in areas where transportation must be used to get to the nearest grocery store)
  4. Rapp has invested in land, seed and a special single row mechanical picker to harvest the sweet corn.  Describe reasons you think a farmer in Bureau County utilizes resources in this manner.  (Answers will vary)
  5. As you head back to school, take an inventory of your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.  What is your access to these?  How far do you have to travel to get your fresh produce? Describe this in detail to share with your class.  (Answers will vary)  

For more information on Food Deserts check out:


Also Check out Page 16 for a column about this Reading Program.  Any comments about the program are welcome!

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