Agriculture in the classroom - Nova Scotia

Agriculture in the Classroom - Nova Scotia helps students learn where their food comes from, the importance of agriculture, and careers available in the industry. Teachers can apply for free programs and resources that support curriculum outcomes and competency development.

Agriculture in the Classroom - Nova Scotia teaches about food – where it comes from, what is grown in Nova Scotia, what modern farms look like, and careers in the agriculture and food sectors. Agriculture in the Classroom offers inquiry-based learning experiences – from hatching chicks and growing plants in your classroom to off-site trips to explore agricultural careers and technology.

Agriculture in the Classroom - Nova Scotia has resources available for all grade levels and continues to add more each year. Resources are free for Nova Scotia public school teachers. Please review the list below to see which programs are the best fit for your classroom:

Ag Zone: Exploring Agricultural Science, Technology and Careers
Grade 7 students will visit a Nova Scotia post-secondary campus for an interactive agriculture and science program. Students will see the connection between science, agriculture and agricultural careers.

Agricultural Career Fair Kits
Agricultural Career Fair Kits are loaned to farmers and agricultural professionals who are attending school or public career fairs.

Agricultural Career Exploration Program
Grade 9 students will research and market agricultural careers to their peers and present on what they learned.

Agriculture and Renewable Energy
Classroom resources to support curriculum outcomes related to renewable energy for Grade 6 Science and Math teachers, using biogas as an example.

All Kinds of Apples
Early elementary school students will learn about different types of apples grown in Nova Scotia.

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month – Teacher Registration
Grade 3 students will learn about the farming industry and agricultural careers from guest speakers. Guest speakers will also help students plant mystery seeds, which will remain in the classroom.

Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month – Volunteer Registration
Volunteers from the agriculture industry are needed to support Grade 3 students in learning about the farming industry and agricultural careers.

Explore Farming in Nova Scotia: From Honeybees to Maple Trees
Explore Farming in Nova Scotia is a full-colour book for later elementary grades to learn about Nova Scotia’s farming industry.

Explore Farming in Nova Scotia Colouring Book
The Explore Farming in Nova Scotia Colouring Book is suitable for early elementary grades to learn about Nova Scotia’s farming industry.

Hatching chicks in classrooms
Elementary school students can experience chicks hatching in the classroom.

Little Green Sprouts Classroom Garden
Hands-on learning and inquiry into seeds, nutrition, soil science, plant needs, and how food is grown.  Grow microgreens, lettuce, herbs and more as part of the Little Green Sprouts program for Grade 2 to Grade 5 classrooms.

On Nova Scotia Farms: A Guide to Nova Scotia Agriculture and Activity Book
On Nova Scotia Farms is a reference guide providing an overview of the agriculture sector for teachers.

Soil your Undies: measuring soil health with underwear
Soil your Undies is an experiential test of microbial activity in soil. Students learn the biology of different soils by burying 100% cotton underwear.

The Quest for the Perfect Strawberry: An Adventure in Plant Reproduction
Compare sexual and asexual reproduction in strawberries with a hands-on activity while learning about crop breeding and strawberry production for Grade 9 Science teachers, using strawberries as an example.

What’s in your Lunchbox: resource for late elementary students
What’s in your Lunchbox is a hands-on, interactive resource for late elementary students. Students learn which crops, animals and plant parts are needed to make the foods that they commonly eat.

Visit a virtual farm with Journey 2050
Students in grades 7-12 can learn about the importance of sustainable agriculture through interactive video game play.

Other resources

Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C)
Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C) provide students and educators with quality educational resources, programs, initiatives, and other agricultural information that highlight agriculture as an important part of our economy and way of life.

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