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November 20 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017



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.


*This week we have attached the word document of the story.


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


Illinois home to rich local food history, advantages.

  1.  Given the title, and before reading the article, describe what you think will be discussed in this story.   (Answers will vary)
  2. Explain what Jim Matson means when he discusses 1 percent of the population.  (1 percent farmers, 99 percent have to eat!)
  3. Explain how cornmeal can be just as local as a locally grown peach.  (Answers will vary)
  4. Cracker Jacks were introduced in 1893 at the Chicago World’s Fair,  Matson describes these as ‘value added popcorn’.  Please explain what this means.  (Cracker Jack took ordinary popcorn, added the topping and made it shelf stable.  This took the ‘hard work’ of making caramel corn and made it easy for consumers.)
  5. Explain how the tune “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” was like a viral social media post for Crracker Jack in 1907.  (people were singing about it, which drove people to want more.)
  6. Explain how Al Capone became a part of the IL food service industry.  (Capone owned Meadowmore Diary, because dairy returns were greater than illegal liquor.   Capone also contributed to the first sell by dates on milk in Chicago.)
  7. Why do you think the $2.58 per capital in local food sales in Illinois is lower than the $4.01 national average?  (Answers will vary)



Consider using this lesson from the National AITC Curriculum Matrix about the Geography of Thanksgiving Dinner!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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