We’re expanding the project AGRICULTURE program. Encourage your students to explore the new website and watch for three new topics coming winter 2021 for junior high Social Studies and Science curriculum. Check out some new project AGRICULTURE farm and farmer videos on the new Meet a Farmer webpage. Subscribe here to stay up to date with our latest news and to download any of our resources on the TEACH webpage!
Remote and In-Class Learning Tips
project AGRICULTURE continues to provide a flexible resource that can be implemented in both in-class and remote learning settings. We have a few suggestions for you to consider, correlated to Alberta’s competencies.
research and critical thinking
Pick one of the three topics currently available in the topic viewer. Assign a carousel slide for students to explore – each carousel slide is focused on a guiding question.
Have students explore the information on the slide and download the Learning Source and Build Competencies PDF handouts. All carousel slides provide thumbnail images and hyperlinked text to facilitate free downloads of these handouts. Students can be asked to focus on one or a combination of the carousel slides in a topic for their research.
Have students create their own Padlet bulletin board focused on a guiding question from one of the carousel slides or on a selected question from a Spark PDF resource.
Spark PDF resources are found by clicking on the or or icons on each topic banner photo. Ask them to compile written responses, collect images and add sources they find in their research to their Padlet boards. Go to https://padlet.com/ to set up a free account.
creativity and innovation
Challenge your students to answer and keep track of the trivia questions at the top of each carousel slide. All trivia questions have been designed so that there are no “right or wrong” answers; responses provide accurate information. Collect and use responses to create a list of agriculture “fast facts” or a “did you know” handout.
Students can also use information from carousel slides to create their own Kahoot quiz to share with classmates. Or use the trivia questions to create their own online trivia game. Sign up on the Kahoot app is free at https://kahoot.com/. We’d love to share some of your student created games on the website.
We also believe that, despite physical distancing, it’s important to encourage community and virtual connections with others. The project-based approach in project AGRICULTURE can facilitate some of those connections.
Challenge students to plan and develop a project, using the project support resources on the project guides webpage. Ask them to start with the Spark PDF resources. Have them identify and explore information and sources on one or two carousel slides on the LEARN webpage or through their own project research. Encourage them to use the links provided on this web page to connect with and ask questions of Alberta farmers.
literacy and collaboration
Collaborative projects like the creation of an infographic or the development of a blog post or op-ed article can reinforce literacy and critical thinking. Creating a video or building a photo board can reinforce creative thinking and link to other subject areas. Suggestions for these and other project formats are provided on the project guides webpage.
Whether your students are working collaboratively in virtual learning environments, or working individually, we encourage you to consider submitting their projects and contributing to the start of an online community of learners focused on issues related to agriculture, the food supply and our communities.
Fillable fields are included in all PDF resources. To use fillable PDFs, students will need PDF readers on their computers or devices. Adobe Reader is a free download or app.
Fillable PDFs can also be used in Google Drive folders using the LuminPDF app. To use this app, upload the PDF into your classroom Google Drive folder. To take advantage of the fillable fields, have students click ‘Open with’ and select ‘Lumin PDF.’ Students will then be able to view and complete the fillable fields and save their work in the Lumin app. The app also provides the ability to collaborate with others. Go to https://www.luminpdf.com/ for more information. Free accounts are available with limited storage and editing features.