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Food literacy is essential to building a promising tomorrow for our future generations. Connect with Ontario farms to better understand how farms provide us with food and essential products.

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Grade 1

Program Features:

Students will be able to review the different types of energy involved in farming, whether it’s raising crops or livestock. They will investigate what the important factors of plant growth are and how they help provide for our communities.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Matter and Energy: Energy in our Lives

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Investigate how different types of energy are used in daily life
  • Demonstrate an understanding that energy is something that is needed to make things happen, and that the sun is the principal source of energy for the earth

Grade 2

Program Features:

Students will review properties of liquids and solids while investigating various food products. In our dairy building, for example, they will look at how foods are transformed into different forms of matter, such as a liquid becoming a solid, and the methods used to achieve these transformations.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Matter and Energy: Property of Liquids and Solids

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Investigate the properties of and interactions among liquids and solids
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of liquids and solids

Grade 3

Program Features:

Students will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of plants to our environment and to society. Students will be able to see the different stages of plant growth, identify the plant parts, and learn how important plants are for humans and animals. Plants are not just used for food, so we will investigate other purposes for plants on our property. Students will also analyze the importance of soil to plant growth.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Life Systems: Growth and changes in Plants

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Assess ways in which plants have an impact on society and the environment, and ways in which human activity has an impact on plants and plant habitats
  • Demonstrate an understanding that plants grow and change and have distinct characteristics

Grade 4

Program Features:

Students will learn about the interdependence of plants, animals, and humans, looking at the relationship between them and their habitat. Students will plant their own seeds, learning the process of gardening and where our food comes from. They may also have the opportunity to work within our community gardens allowing students to see a variety of plants and their different growth patterns.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Analyse the effects of human activities on habitats and communities
  • Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals within specific habitats and communities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of habitats and communities and the relationships among the plants and animals that live in them

Grade 5

Program Features:

Students will focus on how resources are turned into everyday products. They will examine various materials made on a farm and learn how we use these products in daily life. Students will work with these multiple products to understand how farms provide communities with essential commodities.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Matter and Energy: Properties of Changes in Matter

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Evaluate the social and environmental impacts of processes used to make everyday products
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the properties of matter, changes of state, and physical and chemical change

Grade 6

Program Features:

Students will discuss the biodiversity of farms as a whole, and how we get a variety of resources from them, such as different proteins, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, and grain products. Students will then discuss the pros and cons of various practices that may increase production but damage the environment.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Life Systems: Biodiversity

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Investigate the characteristics of living things, and classify diverse organisms according to specific characteristics
  • Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, its contributions to the stability of natural systems, and its benefits to humans

Grade 7

Program Features:

Students will investigate the impact farmers have had on the environment while comparing the escarpment to our 80 acre property. They will look at how human activity and technologies have affected our environment and discuss the future sustainability of our farms.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Life Systems: Interactions in the Environment

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Assess the impacts of human activities and technologies on the environment, and evaluate ways of controlling these impacts
  • Investigate interactions within the environment and identify factors that affect the balance between different components of an ecosystem

Grade 8

Program Features:

Students will investigate the systems of farming by focusing on the processes of independent systems within a farm. They can identify inputs such as farmers planting seeds, feeding livestock, caring for their animals and fields, etc. They will then discuss outputs which are the various resources that farmers produce to sell.

Curriculum Connections

Subject: Science and Technology
Unit: Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Systems in Action

Overall Curriculum Expectations

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of systems and the factors that contribute to their safe and efficient operation
    • Identify various types of systems (e.g., mechanical systems, body systems, optical systems, mass transit systems, Aboriginal clan systems, health care systems)
    • Identify the purpose, inputs, and outputs of various systems (e.g., a garden – purpose: to grow things; input: seeds, water, fertilizer; output: flowers, food)
    • identify the various processes and components of a system (e.g., robot, front-end loader/backhoe, heating system, transportation system, health care system) that allow it to perform its function efficiently and safely

Contact Us

Contact our education department by phone at 905-878-8151 or toll free 888-307-3276, or email us at
info@countryheritagepark.com

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