Grade 7-8 Agriculture Resources
This collection has resources for Grade 7 & 8 agriculture education.
Agriculture has a wealth of links to the Saskatchewan curriculum. This document lists each grade and the specific curricular outcomes that connect to agriculture for the related subjects. Outcomes are listed for Science, Health and Social Studies.
Grade 1 to 9.
A fabulous resource for K-12 students that makes connections to ELA, Social Studies, Career Ed, PAA, Health, Art & Math.
Featured resources include :
My Food My Story (Gr. K-4)
Saskatchewan Seed Kit (Gr. 3)
Global Food Security (Gr. 7)
Ag Careers (Gr. 7/8)
What is Growing Around Us? (Gr. 2-4)
Exploring a Healthy Relationship with the Land (ES20 or Gr. 10)
Ag in Sk: Past Present Future (Gr. 4)
There is much much more available as well!
Ag in the Classroom has hundreds of resources that will assist students, parents and teachers in meeting curriculum outcomes in a FUN, ENGAGING way! Simply use this search tool to find ones that will get you and your students learning about the great things they have to offer!
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A competitive and interactive quiz game that tests your student's knowledge about agriculture. It is a fun and engaging way to challenge students to see who knows the most about how our food is made, agriculture, and much more, in a classroom or at home. With beginner, intermediate, and expert levels it can be used for a variety of different age levels.
In an average year, Canada mourns the loss of over 100 adults and children due to agricultural fatalities. Canada’s agricultural sector is one of the most hazardous industries in which to work.
Producer groups, non-profits, government bodies, industry and researchers formed what is now the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) in 1993 to respond to issues of health and safety in agriculture.
As a national, non-profit organization, CASA promotes farm safety in the agricultural sector. CASA works with partners in government, business, and farming organizations across the country to support initiatives that equip producers, their families and their workers with the information and tools needed to make farms a safe place to live, work and play.
CASA is governed by a seven-person Board of Directors drawn from a membership base that includes individuals, organizations, governments and businesses.
Ideas for integrating food into the classroom from guest blogger Sarah Anderson.
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Students learn how the process of soil solarization is used to pasteurize agricultural fields before planting crops. Soil solarization is a pest control technique in agriculture that uses the sun’s radiation to heat the soil and eliminate unwanted pests that could harm the crops. The approach is compared to other pest control methods such as fumigation and herbicide application, highlighting the respective benefits and drawbacks. In preparation for the associated hands-on activity on soil biosolarization, students learn how changing the variables involved in the solarizing process (such as the tarp material, soil water content and addition of organic matter) impacts the technique’s effectiveness. A PowerPoint® presentation and pre/post-quiz is provided.
This course looks at all forms that energy exists. It explains how energy is used in: transport, agriculture, industry, commerce and households. It describes how energy is stored using storage systems such as: battery, flywheels, compressed air, chemical energy systems and pumped storage. This course explains the problem of depletion of energy resources. It describes the environmental damage associated with the use of fossil fuels, acid rains, dangers posed by leaded fuels, oil spills, gas leaks and explosions, water pollution caused by poorly managed coal mines, and air pollution. It describes the environmental damage associated with the use of fuelwood, uranium, hydro-power plants and wind. It also explains possible solutions to the energy-related problems.
"Explore.org hosts live streaming videos from all over the world allowing learners to observe a variety of animals in their natural habitats.
The learning extends beyond the classroom offering a portal into the natural world with authentic exposure to a variety of species.
Applications of explore.org can include creating a center activity in which students observe animals in their natural settings to gather and record data as citizen scientists.
As the introduction to an animal research project, this resource can ignite curiosity and encourage further investigation.
Additionally, explore.org can serve as a gateway to compare and contrast different animals among diverse habitats." (AASL)
Observe animals all over the world! Exotic to pets to farm animals!
Using an inquiry-based model for learning, this interactive resource will increase students’ understanding of food security and explore the opportunities that exist in the Saskatchewan agriculture industry for feeding our growing world. The resource features multiple components to enhance the learning experience for students, including a four-part video, an interactive SMART Board game, and classroom activities. Note: This resource can be used even if you don't have a SMART Board. Available in French (SMART board game only).
In this interactive, learners develop the skills to handle a horse safely before entering the corral for the first time. The interactive consists of three stages, each explaining an aspect of the safety procedures necessary for leading a horse.
Description of Inquiry-Based Learning: Page 3
Explaining the 5 E’s of Inquiry: Page 4
Using the 5 E’s to Explore Soil: Page 5
Skill Builder: Get to know your apple: Page 6
Skill Builder: It’s a MOO-STERY: Pages 7-9; 39-41
Skill Builder: Picking up where it left off: Pages 10-11
What causes a seed to germinate?: Pages 12-16
Why is Illinois a good place to grow pumpkins?: Pages 17-22
What factors cause the price of corn to change every year?: Pages 23-26
What are the formulas for the perimeter and area of a rectangle?: Pages 27-33
What’s the Pi in my pizza pie?: Pages 34-38
Journey 2050 allows schools around the world to experience agriculture like it has never been taught before. As students explore world food sustainability, they make inquiry-based decisions to see the ripple effect on social, economic and environmental factors locally and globally. Agricultural experts and real farm families from Kenya, India and Canada guide students through a virtual farm simulation, avatar career game and geography scavenger hunt.
SnapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Topics range from organics, biotechnology, GMOs, livestock, and more.
Students learn about soil properties and the effect biochar—charcoal used as a soil amendment—has on three soil types, sand, loam and clay. They test the soils’ water retention capability before and after the addition of biochar. During the activity, student teams prepare soil mixtures, make observations (including microscopic examinations), compare soil properties, conduct water retention tests, take and record measurements, and analyze their observations and data. They see how the physical properties of soils—color, texture, and particle size—can be indicators of nutrient content and water retention capabilities to support plant growth. From their findings, they consider biochar’s potential benefits for environmental and agricultural applications, especially in conditions of drought and depleted soils. An activity lab sheet is provided to guide experimental data collection and analysis.
Over the course of three sessions, students act as agricultural engineers and learn about the sustainable pest control technique known as soil biosolarization in which organic waste is used to help eliminate pests during soil solarization instead of using toxic compounds like pesticides and fumigants. Student teams prepare seed starter pots using a source of microorganisms (soil or compost) and “organic waste” (such as oatmeal, a source of carbon for the microorganisms). They plant seeds (representing weed seeds) in the pots, add water and cover them with plastic wrap. At experiment end, students count the weed seedlings and assess the efficacy of the soil biosolarization technique in inactivating the weed seeds. An experiment-guiding handout and pre/post quizzes are provided.
TED Studies, created in collaboration with Wiley, are curated video collections 逖 supplemented by rich educational materials 逖 for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Reworking the Western Diet, speakers examine how that diet 逖 processed, high in refined sugars, and heavy in corn, soy, meat and dairy 逖 is making us and the environment sick. These TED Talks blaze the trail to sustainable farming and a more sensible diet.迨
This is a list of Virtual Reality Expeditions that address and would incorporate Agriculture into your classroom in a fun and exciting way.