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"An Almond Story" Goes to the Classroom

From the cotton in our jeans and the food on our tables, to our landscaped yards and playing fields, we all depend on agriculture. The survival of this vital industry depends on educating and encouraging the next generation of decision-makers and California voters. As an extension of California Ag in the Classroom, Almond Board of California helps to educate thousands of students each year about the life cycle and end-use of almonds.

Just right for third graders, Almond Board of California’s new “An Almond Story” video, a companion piece for the popular workbook, tells the California Almond story from the perspective of a bee left behind in the orchard after the pollination season is over.

In the video, which combines animation with live action, Auntie Bee describes the entire almond-growing process, from Bee to A, to Little Bee as a bedtime story. Calling California Almond country “Bee Heaven,” she relates her observation of bloom to pollination to kernel development, hullsplit, harvest, processing, shipping and back to winter dormancy.

Auntie Bee’s story is spellbinding as she expounds on the almond’s history, its unique food properties and many uses, as well as its incredible nutritional value. What kid could resist? “An Almond Story” is a captivating classroom learning experience that’s as much fun as it is educational. The video has the same design as the student workbook, and the two pieces are meant to be used together by grade school teachers and industry members who participate in Ag in the Classroom.

For a copy of The Almond Story DVD ($5.00 per copy) and activity book (no additional cost), email Jenny Konschak.

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