Educator Resources

Use Lesson Plans to teach grade and topic specific curriculum expectations. Learn about food and food systems through Learning Videos and Related Readings, compiled to help educators jump in. Student Resources can be shown directly in classrooms.

Lesson Plans

Our Changing Climate
Grade 9 · Science

This lesson allows students to zoom out and see how the food system is linked to a global issue: climate change. Students will learn about how climate change occurs, analyze the connections between climate change and agriculture, and consider ways to reduce the food system’s greenhouse gas emissions.

55 minutes
Turning Toward Sustainability
Grade 9 · Science

Students will explore alternatives to the prevailing industrial model of agriculture and what it means for agriculture to be sustainable. They will examine agroecology as an approach to food production that nourishes, rather than depletes, natural ecosystems and human communities. They will imagine what a different agricultural paradigm could look like and share that vision with others.

80 minutes
Flour and Bread Investigation Gr. 9
Grade 9 · Science

Using flour and bread as models of degraded versus healthy soil, this exercise engages people in a hands-on exploration of what happens when water (or wind) hits aggregated vs. un-aggregated soil. This activity supports students learning about biotic and abiotic factors in relation to healthy soils, a vital component of growing food.

30 to 60 minutes
You are What you Eat! The Plants Part Game
Grade 3 · Science, Language

This lesson supports the development of students’ food literacy. It uses hands-on activities and cultural foods to explore plants used for food and plants parts and functions.

40 - 55 minutes
Guardians of the Grasslands
Grade 9 · Science, Geography

This resource complements Guardians of the Grasslands, a documentary that explores the current state of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems and the role cattle play in its survival. Students will explore the key topics of biodiversity, soil health, climate change, land management, and more.

180 minutes
Feeding Canada: Sustainable Farming
Grade 7 · Science, Geography

In this lesson, you and your grades 7–12 students will explore components of the food cycle. You will look at how sustainable farming practices can affect the environment and produce safe, healthy food in Canada.

30 min + Activities
Where do our Vegetables and Fruit Come From?
Grade 3 · Science, Health & Phys. Ed.

The goal of this lesson is to have students understand where the vegetables and fruit they eat come from; where (and how) they are grown, harvested, trapped, fished or hunted; whether and how it is processed, transported, sold, or prepared.

What is Soil Made of?
Grade 3 · Science

Students will explore the composition and characteristics of different local soils and learn about what makes soil healthy.

90 minutes
Design and Build a Seed Saver
Grade 6 · Science

STEM activity linked to Saving Garden Seeds lesson

30 - 45 minutes
Processing: Farm to Fork
Grade 8 · Science, Language

Students will learn how food is processed and explore the positive and negative impacts of food processing techniques.

45 minutes
Saving Garden Seeds
Grade 6 · Science, Social Studies

Students will learn about the importance of seed saving and genetic diversity in supporting agriculture and biodiversity. They will explore global seed saving initiatives and learn how to save seeds in a hands-on activity.

80 - 95 minutes
Maple Syrup and Climate Change
Grade 7 · Science, Math

This lesson plan allows students to explore functions of the different structures found within a tree and to use scatter plots to consider the relationship between sweet water harvesting and climate conditions.

110 minutes
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Food Resources for all teachers

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