Math on the Farm

Grade 8 classrooms can use this fun resource to support math 8 curriculum including using percentages and ratios. Students use their math skills to help Sam, the dairy farmer, complete tasks throughout a busy day on a dairy and crop farm.

The challenge: how can you help the farmer to increase their crop yield, keep the cows happy and healthy, and run the farm smoothly? There are 5 math tasks to completed by students. As the students complete the tasks, they learn just how much math happens every day on the farm; from making milk replacer for the calves to determining how many hectares of soybeans need to be planted in order to harvest enough for the winter. This fun resource includes a lesson plan with curriculum connections as well as a student facing PowerPoint to help guide the classroom activity.

Math on the Farm Resource provides:

  • lesson plan with curriculum connection to grade 8 math, background information, guiding questions, student task answers and a list of online resources and video links
  • student-facing inquiry guide (PowerPoint) with tasks to complete in small groups
  • staff support to answer questions


Grade 8 math teachers in Nova Scotia public schools are eligible to apply. Private schools will be accepted based on resource availability.

How to apply

  1. Determine if the Math on the Farm resource is a good fit for your classroom.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. The Department of Agriculture will review all applications.
  4. Teachers will be contacted and sent the resources by email

How long it takes

Teachers will be notified within 5 business days that their application has been received and will be provided with the lesson plan by email.


There is no cost to participate in this program.

Before you apply

Make sure your school principal is aware of your intention to apply to the program and supports your participation.

Important dates

This resource is available throughout the year.

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Other ways to apply

If you are unable to apply online, contact the Agricultural Education office at 902-893-6575 or

Contact Information

Agricultural Education Office
74 Research Dr.
Bible Hill, NS B6L 2R2

Phone: 902-893-6575