Ag in the Classroom launches website

ExploreSaskAg.ca uses interactive information, colourful illustrations and real-life photos to teach Saskatchewan students about the past, present and future of agriculture. | Screencap via ExploreSaskAg.ca

Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan has launched a website designed to help elementary school students learn more about agriculture in the province.

ExploreSaskAg.ca uses interactive information, colourful illustrations and real-life photos to teach Saskatchewan students about the past, present and future of agriculture.

“What started as a revamp of a children’s website from many years ago morphed into this incredibly interactive and exciting website that brings the story of agriculture in Saskatchewan to life” said Sara Shymko, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK).

Information is written at a level appropriate for Grades 4 to 6 students, she added.

The new website can be used as a guide for in-school or at-home learning. It includes quizzes and teacher lessons that allow students to learn more about where their food comes from and how it is produced.

Shelley Brandsetter, one of 10 teachers who sat on a review committee for the website, said the online resource is a great starting point for many lessons.

It also saves time for teachers who would otherwise have to find relevant content on their own.

“There is so much information for teachers to use…,” Brandsetter said.

“Students will be excited and want to explore and scroll through,” she added.

“Great job on creating something for all different types of learners.”

The current version of ExploreSaskAg.ca offers information on the past and present of Saskatchewan agriculture.

The second phase of the website, to be launched in October is expected to include additional topics and will look at the evolution and future of farming.

The second phase will also highlight the importance of First Nations and Metis people in agriculture.

“It is important that students understand that our farmers and producers work hard to produce safe, healthy, and affordable food for not only the people in our province, but around the world,” AITC-SK said in a news release.

“And it is crucial that teachers and students have access to tools, like ExploreSaskAg.ca, to gain accurate, balanced, current, and science-based information about how food is produced.”

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