The main objective of SD Ag in the Classroom is to boost agricultural literacy, shaping a new generation of informed leaders and consumers across the state of South Dakota.

We use a standards-based curriculum and hands-on activities to drive learning for elementary and middle school students in grades 4–8.

SD Ag in the Classroom is guided by six principles:

  • Teach using STEAM integration

  • Meet South Dakota content standards

  • Enhance agricultural literacy

  • Honor agriculture and agribusinesses

  • Promote career paths in agriculture

  • Raise informed leaders and consumers

This statewide initiative is part of a broader organization, National Ag in the Classroom (NAITC), aimed at fostering agricultural literacy and improving student achievement.

Tour SD!

Tour SD! is our integrated fourth-grade curriculum that looks at state history through the lens of agriculture. Available to public and private schools as well as other educational organizations, this curriculum is offered free of charge through local and statewide partnerships.

See how the Tour SD! curriculum can transform your classroom learning.

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This curriculum is written, reviewed and approved by a team of ag educators; it is also updated regularly to adapt to the ever-changing world of agriculture and agri-business. All new curriculum is vetted through an Education Working Group and a pilot study before being released state-wide.

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