TORONTO — Ontario Pork and AgScape have partnered to release a new in-class educational resource — a teacher’s guide for grades five through 10.
The 68-page resource, which contains an overview of pig farming, three unique lesson plans for grades five to six, seven to eight and nine to 10, as well as a comprehensive list of relevant and useful resources for educators, is available to Ontario teachers now at AgScape’s website.
“While healthy, sustainable food is essential to all of us, the vast majority of Ontarians have little or no direct connection to farming. That disconnect can allow misinformation to take root, and cause people to question the quality and value of food businesses that they don’t fully understand,” says Stacey Ash, manager of Communications and Consumer Marketing at Ontario Pork.
Topics covered include: the history of pig farming, pig production and terminology, pig farming and the Canadian economy, human nutrition and health, pig farming and the environment and other topics that will help contribute to students becoming informed food citizens.
“AgScape is proud to work in partnership with Ontario Pork to bring knowledge of the important work of pork producers and the sector to teachers and students across the province. A key aspect of our shared missions is to engage and inspire the next generation about the agriculture and food industry so that they can make informed decisions and consider the diverse career opportunities within the sector. This resource will play an important role in bridging that gap within the classroom,” says Taylor Selig, executive director of AgScape.