On Earth Day, it’s important to discuss how we can create a better world. Agriculture is responsible for stewarding large areas of land and producing food for us all as sustainably as possible. To help you and your students explore agricultural environmental issues and how the agriculture industry is working to be more sustainable, here are some activities and resources you can use:
Journey 2050 Online Resource
Grades 7 to 12: How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050? Journey 2050 allows schools around the world to experience agriculture like it's never been taught before. As students explore world food sustainability, they are encouraged to think critically about the ripple effect on social, economic and environmental factors locally and globally.
Teachers can run the Journey 2050 program on their own in the classroom. Check out the link above to find curriculum links, step-by-step lesson plans, animated videos, interactive games, agriculture news, answer keys and much more!
Guardians of the Grasslands Resource (EN & FR)
Guardians of the Grasslands Documentary;
Grades 5 to 12: Sometimes what you thought was the problem, is really the solution. This is a short documentary, brought to you by a group of dedicated conservationists, ranchers, and Canadian filmmakers, which explores the current state of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems, the Great Plains grasslands, and the role that cattle play in its survival.
Grades 7 to 12: English and French Teacher Guides contain links to English and French versions of the documentary and resources to facilitate student exploration of biodiversity, soil health, climate change, land management, and more.
Grades 5 to 8: Have students explore the environmental impact of producing protein foods in Canada and reducing food waste with this informational Eat Well Worksheet.
snapAG is a series of resources that invite students to explore the hot topics affecting the agriculture industry today. Here are a few that are relevant for Earth Day:
K to Grades 6: Little Green Thumb Activities
K to Grade 6:
You’re Wearing Plants!
In this activity, students will discover that many products that we use every day, come from trees or plants.
K to Grade 6:
Make Your Own Newspaper Planting Pots
Making newspaper planting pots is a fun, easy activity that can also save costs in the garden!
K to Grade 6:
Can We Grow Plants Without Soil?
Students will discover how to grow plants without using soil in a system called hydroponics.
Grades 2 to 6:
Life Without Plants
What would our lives be like without plants? In this activity, students are thinking about everyday items made from plants and what life would be like without them!
Grades 3 to 6 (Fall Term):
Plants, People & Climate Change
Plants, People & Climate Change take students on the journey from building a foundational understanding of plant and earth science knowledge, to an introduction of Climate Change and an exploration of the personal and global solutions to combat it.