Halloween                                                               October 2015   

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NEA-NH Fall Conference
October 9th
Bow High School

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October 14th
Londonderry Middle School

NH Science Teachers Conference
November 2nd
Church Landing, Meredith

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November 13th
The Margate Resort
Laconia, NH
Links of Interest

Pumpkin Patches and More: New Hampshire's places for pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hay rides and Halloween information

"A Plant's Life" (grades 1-6) and "Careers in Horticulture" (grades 7-12) are free.  Other options are also available.

an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers

Debbi Cox

State Coordinator


(603) 224-1934

295 Sheep Davis Road

Concord, NH  03301


Deb Robie, 

Grafton County Coordinator

Agriculture at the Root of Halloween


According to the USDA Farm Service Agency, "The last day of October is consumed with costumes, parties and trick-or-treaters, but Halloween got its start in agriculture. For ancient Celtic cultures, Oct. 31 was the last day of the year and a day to bring animals in for the winter and prep meat for the colder days. Many latter day historians believe that day was the spooky, ritualistic practice of sacrificing livestock; however, Oct. 31 was also a day the Celts believed unsettled spirits roamed the countryside playing tricks. Costumes were a way to scare them off" (1).

Halloween is a great opportunity to weave agricultural concepts around your holiday celebration.  In addition to exploring all of the crops which are harvested, consider the goodies trick-or-treaters have come to expect.  "Classroom Connection" below offers some suggestions.

(1) "Halloween May Have Roots in Agriculture." FSA Fence Post Blog. USDA Farm Service Agency, 30 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 July 2015.
Classroom Connection

making pumpkin pie in the classroom
(grades 1-7)  Use STEM skills to engineer a method of bobbing for apples without getting your face wet

Candy Corn Math Facts      
(grades K-2)     
addition, subtraction and doubles

10 lessons aligned to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
  Includes science, math and literacy activities.

Counting, sorting and graphing

(grades 3-5)  
Students will learn a variety of subjects including history, science, nutrition, and math through the study of pumpkins.
Teacher of the Year Awards
Application due by November 1st

New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom is bringing back Teacher of the Year Awards. Some of the amazing work being done in classrooms throughout the state should be recognized.  Awards will be given to one pre-K through 5th grade teacher and one 6th through 12th grade teacher who  integrate agricultural concepts into traditionally non-agricultural curricula. Applications are due no later than November 1, 2015.

Belknap County School To Farm Days
Close to 200 fourth grade students from schools in the Laconia, NH area had the 
opportunity to visit
Ramblin' Vewe Farm in Gilford.  In addition to watching a sheep shearing demonstration, students were able to lead oxen from Ox-K Farm, visit with a County Forester, learn about corn production from an FFA State Officer, observe a bee hive and talk about water and soil with a Belknap County Conservation Commission agent. A representative from Prescott Educational Center spoke about maple syrup, the pros from the Shepherd's Hut discussed wool and Linden Garlic Farm workers educated students about garlic.  A great experience for everyone! 
NH Agriculture in the Classroom            295 Sheep Davis Rd        Concord, New Hampshire 03301
email:  nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org          (603) 224-1934        http://www.agclassroom.org/nh