Q/A Assistance For Planning Your K-12 Pizz-A-Thon

Q/A to Assist In Planning Your K-12 Pizz-A-Thon



Start small and add to program based on interest.  Is the program designed for a certain grade level?

The program has been implemented to the greatest extent in 4th through 8th grade level students but allows excellent opportunities for k-12. It is an ideal program for: high school FFA students interested in the education field as a career, for "Ag in the Classroom" program (leadership through Farm Bureau) and for "after class" programs being implemented through the Ames Breakfast Lions Club in developing leaders for community service projects. A partnership of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), farm organizations and business is ideal (See Linn County A Model Program page as a great example).

Email e1935w@aol.com for adaption of the program for all age groups "in school" and "after school" programs.


What was the primary reason for creating the Pizz-A-Thon?

The author, Eldon Weber, was appalled at a survey conducted in Iowa indicating that our graduates didn't understand where their food came from or the economic impact agriculture had on the state and the midwest; or have an appreciation for the fact that our area is the breadbasket of the world and the critical need for soil and water conservation programs. Weber created the program while at Iowa State University in the 1990s and continually developed this agriculture/conservation literacy program over a 18 year period with a goal of reaching 10,000 additional children by the year 2020. Serving as District Conservationist, Area Conservationist and Assistant State Conservationist with the U. S. Soil Conservation Service, he was aware that schools, especially in urban areas did not prepare kids to appreciate the importance of agriculture in the food industry or to provide them with enough appreciation for the value of soil conservation and importance of water management.


What are the learning principles that make the Pizz-A-Thon popular with kids?

Kids have fun learning (special needs through talented & gifted), allowing for the creation of a product and demonstrating the value of cooperative learning, using teamwork. The program is designed as an independent student learning program with minimum supervision required from the teacher or leader.


What if our time in the classroom, or at club or troop meetings is limited? Is it flexible?

Educators have used the program for a one-time workshop, in the classroom for one week (average of one 45 minute activity per day), one month or one year (average of one 45 minute activity per week). Lessons are available for all time constraints - go to "Curriculum Starter Kit".


What is the most effective use of the program involving high school age students?

Older students can facilitate younger grade teachers or club or troop leaders in implementing the program. It is a great way to develop communications, management, organizational and educational skills. It is ideal for high school FFA students who are considering a career as an educator to enroll in the program as a Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) and assist lower grade teachers implement the program, for FFA students mentoring younger students in elementary or middle school students through the Partners Active in Learning (PALS) or for high school classes in business and marketing. It is a great way to recruit younger kids for FFA as they become high school age.


The Pizz-A-Thon is used as student centered, independent, cooperative learning in what subject areas?

Social studies, language arts, art, science and Earth science, math and health, allowing for maximum team teaching, with minimum assistance of the teacher or facilitator.

An Iowa State University graduate student updated the program incorporating national learning standards. She conducted a Pizz-A-Thon Workshop at the National Association of Agricluture Educatorsan (NAAE) convention in New Orleans in November. Plans are for an experienced educator to present the program as an "ag in the classroom" program in Phoenix.

What does the program cost? See Curriculum Starter Kit page.

How flexible is the program? Typically varies form 1 or 2 day workshop up to 20 days of 45 minute periods of activities.

Do I have a guide to tell me how to adapt the program to my student goals? Facilitator Guides are furnished and adapted to your needs. (See Curriculum Starter Kit page, and email e1934w@aol.com for assistance).

Do I have lesson plans? You will be furnished detailed plans or less detailed activity descriptions based on your interests.

Are a variation of quantities of materials available and what do they cost? Volume orders receive discounts.

Are materials optional? All materials are optional. See Order Pizz-A-Thon Materials

Will you give me help in implementing the program in my community? Email e1935w@aol.com for free online coordination assistance. 

How do I benefit as a sponsor or donor? Sponsors and donors receive tax deductible contributions and are recognized on the www.pizz-a-thon.com Sponsor and Donor pages. Local recognition is very important and it is recommended contributors serve as judges in awards ceremonies with local media attention. .

How many kids would benefit with my donation or sponsorship fee and how would they be benefited? For each $100 contributions an average of 20 children will benefit.

Could volunteers in the community be facilitators to free up teacher or leader time of supervision? Stipends are available for volunteers who coordinate or facilitate program implementation.

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