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Secondary Resources

The following Unit and Lesson Plans, were created by BC educators using provincial ILOs and PLOs. Educators can use them to enhance their health, food and agriculture curricula.

Curricular Links with Suggestions

Examples of where the new Science Curriculum (10-12) lends itself  to incorporating Agriculture into your classroom. These Content pieces can be paired with any number of Curricular Competencies to create engaging lessons/activities/projects to satisfy course requirements.

Curricular links with suggestions (10-12)


Lessons and Activities

BC’s Canola Story

Story Map

Use this story map to investigate how and where Canola is grown in BC, how it is processed, and where it is exported to.  This story map can be used as a resource for students to explore in middle or high school classrooms, or it could be used as a model for your students to create their own story map following a commodity from growing to processing and export.


How Far Has Your Food Travelled?

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In this activity, students investigate where some common foods are grown/raised and the distance it must travel to reach them.  This is a great follow up activity to “Take a Stand” and is suitable for Foods 8-12, Physical and Health Education 8/9, Science 9, Environmental Science 11/12, Science for Citizens 11, Social Studies 10, Human Geography 11, Social Justice 12, and Urban Studies 12.


Investigating Topsoil

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This activity is designed to be an introduction to Grade 9 matter cycle, however it can easily be adapted fit the curricular competencies and content connections for Science 7 & 8, Environmental Science 11 & 12, and Science for Citizens 11. The objective of this lesson is to help students establish the importance of topsoil conditions (nutrients, pH) on plant health in order to provide the relevance of studying matter cycles.


Plant Something Bee Friendly

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In this lesson students learn about some of the threats to bee populations, as well as ways in which they can help support bees through planting bee-friendly plants.  Suitable for Food Studies 10/11/12, Science 10, Science for Citizens 11, Life Science 11, Environmental Science 11/12, Socials 10, Human Geography 11, Physical Geography 12, and Urban Studies 12.


Pop Bottle Composters

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Have students create their own mini composters using primarily recycled materials. This hands-on activity provides students with a rich opportunity for scientific investigation and allows them to witness the interconnectedness of organisms.  Suitable for Science 9, Environmental Science 11/12, Science for Citizens 11, Foods 8-12, Culinary Arts 11, Social Studies 10, Human Geography 11 and Urban Studies 12.


Take a  Stand – Human Bar Graph Activity

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This pre-assessment activity makes a great introduction  or unit that deals with food security, food systems, nutrition, sustainability, and agriculture practices.  Suitable for Foods 8-12, Culinary Arts, Career Education, Physical and Health Education 8/9 Mathematics 8/9, Workplace Mathematics 10/11, Science 9, Environmental Science 11/12, Science for Citizens 11, Social Studies 10, Human Geography 11, Social Justice 12, and Urban Studies 12.


(updated!) Vegetarian Diets - Vegetarian Cuisine:  Activity Bank

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Use one or more of the 32 activities in this data bank to help your students delve deeper into food promotion and marketing practices, their impact on specific groups of individuals, and the development of a food philosophy.   Target audiences are Food Studies 11 and 12.


Watering and Plant Growth

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In this activity, students design and carry out an experiment to determine how altering watering conditions (temperature, amount, size of droplet, time of day, mulching, type of soil, etc.) can affect plant growth. Recommended courses include: Science 7-9, Environmental Science 11/12 and Science for Citizens 11.


Unit Plans

(updated!) ABC - Apples of British Columbia (Foods and Nutrition11-12)

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Advertising Local Agricultural Products (Foods and Nutrition 10, Marketing 10) Click here to download

Agriculture in the Fraser Valley (Foods and Nutrition 9) Click here

All About Apples! (Foods and Nutrition 6-9) Click Here

BC Honey: The Natural Sweetener (Home Economics 8-12)  Click here

(new)Beekeeping as Agriculture and Environmental Education (Environmental Science 11/12, Science 9/10, Life Sciences 11, Science for Citizens 11) Click here

Blueberries are "Best" (Foods and Nutrition 11-12)  Click here

Choosing Tomorrow's Menu (Grades 8-12, Sustainable Resources, Home Economics, Health and Career Education, Planning, Social Studies, Physical Education) Click here for Choosing Tomorrow's Menu

Exploring Agriculture Through Poetry (English 9)  Click here

Field to Table: Take the Grain Train from BC's Peace River Area and Beyond (Home Economics 10, Foods and Nutrition 10) Click here

Hot House Foods (Foods and Nutrition 8-12) Click here

Inspired by a Smelly Sweater: Exploring Agricultural Connections of Animal Fibres (Textiles 12) Click here

Let's Salsa! (Social Studies 9, Foods and Nutrition 9) Click here

Locavore (Foods and Nutrition 11-12) Click here

My First Herb Garden (Foods and Nutrition 9) Click here

Pickling as Food Preservation (Foods and Nutrition 9-12, Science 10) Click here

Preserving the Harvest (Foods and Nutrition 10) Click here

Textile Embellishment with Flowers and Plants (Textiles 11) Click here

The Organic Alternative (Culinary Arts 11-12, Cafeteria Training 11-12) Click here

Think Global Eat Local (Foods and Nutrition 11-12) Click here



10 Reasons to Buy Local Food  Click here

Agricultural Timeline Click here

What do you Say When  Click here


Additional Resource Packages and Activities

The following resource packages and educational materials were created by BC Government agencies and the BC Agricultural Sector for BC educators to enhance their health, food and agriculture curricula.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Discover Agriculture Find out interesting facts about Canada's agriculture and agri-food industry 

Growing Concerns: Agriculture in BC  (Geography 12 / Social Studies 10/11) - BC AITC partnered with the Fraser Valley Regional District to create this great agricultural resource. Through these lessons, powerpoint presentations and quizes, students will be introduced to several aspects of agriculture in BC. Click here to download Growing Concerns: Agriculture in BC

Health Canada - Educational Materials - Complimentary publications provided by Health Canada. Click here to check out their order form. Publications are available in French as well.

Investigating Biotechnology: A Teacher's Resource for Science 10 - OutlineCover and Table of ContentsTeacher's GuideOverhead Transparency MastersCover and Lesson 1Lesson 2: Food Production and TechnologyLesson 3-4: The Case Canola/Finding DNAReading Package for Lesson 3: The Case of Canola

Journey 2050

How will we sustainably feed over 9 billion people by the year 2050? Journey 2050 is an education program that challenges students to answer that question using a virtual simulation to explore world food sustainability.  Using an inquiry based approach, the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment, and the economy at a local and global scale.

Journey 2050 can be completed in a 6 hour unit, or you can pick and choose which topics you want students to learn about.  Login to the “Teacher Experience” section of the website to access a step-by-step guide for teaching the unit; including all of the necessary PowerPoints, handouts, videos, and grade 7 – 12 links to the new BC curriculum. Have students explore the website for Career Profiles, food waste information, videos on the life of a farmer and more.

Upon completion of the unit students are encouraged to take action and create a “ripple effect” of their own.  Teachers have the opportunity to enter their class into a draw for $100 that they can donate to a charity currently contributing to sustainability (classes must choose from the list provided by Journey 2050, see Feedback and $$ Credit for more detail).

Journey 2050 Curricular Connections


Safe Animal Handling - Created by the BC 4-H Farm Safety Committee this 20 minute interactive CD-ROM focuses on the safe handling of farm animals. Cost for this resource is $4.95 (includes S&H) Send your request to:mail@bc4h.bc.ca

All about food

All About Food: Exploring Canada's Food System

(Grade K-12) A full colour pictorial booklet that captures the interesting, surprising and useful facts about the Canadian agri-food system.  A wonderful compliment to Grow BC. Also available in French.



Fields for Your Future - Careers in Agriculture

Fields for Your Future

All secondary school career advisors in BC have received a Fields For Your Future: Careers in Agriculture package. This package included a narrative CD, a poster and 4 different informative brochures. Please see our resource order form to order additional copies.

Grow BC

"Grow BC" A Guide to BC's Agriculture Resources

A comprehensive, 206-page resource guide and poster sized map outlining the agricultural regions of the province as well as the commodities produced.

Resource Guide

Lean machine

The Lean Machine (18 pages)

Integrating BC Turkey with Home Economics and 
Career and Personal Planning Integrated Resource Packages. 1 copy per BC school is FREE, all other copies $5 each

Send your request to:
The BC Turkey Marketing Board
#106, 19329 Enterprise Way
Surrey, BC V3S 6J8
Phone: (604) 534-5644
Fax: (604) 534-3651

Dirt on Farming

The "Real" Dirt on Farming

The "Real" Dirt on Farming - The People in Canadian Agriculture Answer Your Questions

Anyone who is interested in where their food comes from and the facts on farming in Canada can find it in The "Real™ Dirt on Farming" The People in Canadian Agriculture Answer your Questions. This resource booklet has been published by the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC). Students, educators, politicians and the media who want to know more about the issues in agriculture, such as farm animal care or food safety will all find this 36 page full-colour booklet to be a helpful resource.


Sustainable Resources 12: Agriculture

Now available online through Open School BC. Click Here for more!
Find out how a school from Port Alberni is using the resource. Click Here for more.


Scoops Booklet

Schools that are part of the BCSFVNP receive a hard copy of this booklet filled with the Scoops and Double Scoop Information Sheets. These grade level appropriate information and activity sheets for each food item were created to engage students in discussions on food, nutrition, and agriculture. Click here for more info about the BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program.

Click on the image below, to download the Scoops Booklet