Welcome to Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week! This page contains everything you need to create an inquiry lesson on the topic of Agriculture and Climate Change.
You can approach these activities as individuals, small groups or as a class. All you need is this webpage and an internet connection.
So hand out tablets, head to a computer lab or project to to the front of the room and let’s get started!
Pre-registration for this event is required. If you haven’t already, please register here.
Step 1: Agriculture and Climate Change Survey
What do you know and what do you want to know? Let us know in just a few short questions. The survey should only take about 5 minutes. Take the survey now.
This survey is designed to get you thinking and begin to consider your perspectives on agriculture and climate change in Canada.
Step 2: Self-Guided Introductory Presentation
This is an introduction to Agriculture and Climate Change that will provide the background needed to get the most out of the upcoming video conference. It is a self-guided presentation that can be viewed below or downloaded onto your device. Please have speakers ready as there are a few video links that you will want to view.
If you are unable to view the video on this page, a pdf version can be found here – CALW – 2016.
Step 3: The Live Video Conference
Pre-registration is required. If you haven’t already, please register here.
The live event will be held: Thursday March 3, 2016. Two time slots are available:
- 8:00 am MST (10 am EST) or
- 10:00 am MST (12 pm EST)
In this online video conference event teachers and students will have a unique opportunity to interact with an expert who will speak to the relationship between agri-food production and climate change. Classes will listen to a presentation from the expert and then have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A. Viewing details will be sent via email to the teacher who registered.
You can also join the fun on twitter #CALW16 and #AgMoreThanEver
Step 4: Cumulating Discussion Questions
This follow-up activity will support students in applying the material to local agricultural development. Featuring collaboration between all participating schools, these discussions will help shape how youth can connect to climate change and agriculture in their communities.
Click here to access the shared document and collaborate with youth from across the country!
Want to debrief on your own? Download the discussion questions here.
Step 5: What Now?
Share the impact this inquiry has had on your understanding of agriculture and climate change in this quick post-event survey.
Still want more?
Check out these fantastic supporting resources including lesson plans, school garden resources, other events and programs:
- Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Discover Agriculture
- Alberta Agriculture – Education
- All About Food – Find articles, videos and critical thinking questions support classroom curriculum and stimulate discussions about Canada’s agri-food sector.
- Food and Agriculture Association of the UN
- Journey 2050 – See a virtual simulation for Grade 7-9 students that explores world food sustainability and seeks to answer the question “How will we sustainably feed over 9 billion people by the year 2050.”
- Ontario Agri-Food Education
- Nutrients for Life
Thank you to the partners of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week: