teaching and learning resources for project AGRICULTURE
Agriculture infuses every aspect of human life, from the food we eat, to the jobs we do, to the products that we create. project AGRICULTURE provides opportunities for teachers and students to explore agricultural themes, topics, issues and challenges in their communities through learning experiences that directly support Alberta Social Studies and Science curriculum, the competencies, literacy and numeracy at the junior and senior high school levels.
project AGRICULTURE – designed for and with Alberta teachers and students – encourages students to interact with each other, their school community and agricultural producers and content experts in their outside communities. They are challenged to conceptualize and create a project that shares their understandings of current issues connected to agriculture.
Three project-based learning programs centre around a project challenge and include a teacher resource, student learning sources, competency and skill-based handouts, project tools and vocabulary and assessment supports.
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critical thinking and project AGRICULTURE
Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research focuses on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and health policy issues.
“The impact of popular culture on public perceptions, health policies and consumer trends is incredible,” says Caulfield. “It’s amazing how much noise there is today regarding food,” he said. “We have a lot of good information and science around healthy eating, but it’s constantly obscured by the bunk so it’s tough to know what the truth is anymore.”
Timothy sat down with the project AGRICULTURE team to discuss the role that critical thinking plays in making sense and sifting through information related to agriculture and food production. Consider how his perspective can inform your teaching!
Watch for a project AGRICULTURE interview with Timothy Caulfield – coming soon!
implementing project AGRICULTURE
The project AGRICULTURE program consists of three topics that support learning in Alberta Social Studies and Science curriculum, the competencies, literacy and numeracy at junior and senior high school levels. Each topic is developed for two grade levels.
The project AGRICULTURE program has been designed so teachers can choose to implement activities as a project-based unit OR select and integrate individual activities as one to two-class lessons in existing units. Student learning sources address a range of curriculum-centred concepts and should be selected from according to the needs and interests of students.
how to use the Curriculum Connections Overview Grid
Below are the food DEMOCRACY, smart AGRICULTURE and sustainability MATTERS topics. At the top of each column, click on the topic to go directly to the downloadable resources. Click on any curriculum unit in each column to open a list of learning outcomes that can be developed by implementing activities within the topic.
A full curriculum correlation to each activity within a topic is provided in all of the Project and Activity Guides.
Curriculum Connections Overview Grid
In each column, the curriculum units identified as TARGETED are the focus of a topic. Learning sources and activities in the topic can be used to meet, reinforce and/or develop several learning outcomes.
In each column, curriculum units identified as OPTIONAL address fewer learning outcomes. You will find links to the individual activities that could be integrated into existing units for the identified subject area and grade level. You may also find that there are other cross-curricular connections and learning opportunities.