The Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP) is dedicated to teaching grade four students in Alberta the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. CAP is currently recruiting volunteers to deliver one-hour classroom presentations.
CAP volunteers have diverse backgrounds, educations and experiences in agriculture. However, they all share a common passion: they are dedicated to preserving and promoting agriculture.
CAP volunteers each have unique presentations because they focus on their own specialty, whether it be animals, crops or the environment. At the same time, they also share a common message – that agriculture plays a very important role in our lives and in Alberta’s economy.
Volunteers go into pre-registered classrooms for one hour. They use storytelling, hands-on props and fun activities to engage students. Each volunteer is supplied with educational material for the students and teacher.
Volunteer training is provided each year in January and February. Presentations are delivered between March and June. Volunteers choose a presentation date that works for themselves and the school.
Your first presentation will take about five hours of your time, including training, preparation and the presentation.
I use my own experiences and have access to plenty of seeds/samples at work. I talk about crops and their uses/by-products as well as weeds, what they look like, why we care, and a bit about their seeds because I've found gr. 4 kids are fascinated by the differences in the seeds.
I think everything was really helpful. I wish I had read the samples and by-products listing earlier. CAP has done a great job at getting ideas and training for volunteers.
It was a good experience - the kids - new generations - had really good questions and seemed engaged! My zone coordinator did a good job to helping to figure out what to talk about - so that was all good! We got good feedback from the teachers also - overall a very worthwhile exercise for me!
CAP is an amazing program. The kids get a lot out of it. Having more producers participate would really help the program. The teachers always express how much they enjoy CAP! As a presenter this always makes me feel so great about being able to teach Gr.4 students in my municipality about where their food comes from.
I just have to brag about the students and teachers I have worked with! This was the first year that I worked in three different schools, they were wonderful! The students were very engaged the whole hour, polite and great 'farmer helpers". The teachers were very helpful, kind and engaged as well. This was an overwhelmingly great experience at all three schools- made the nervousness beforehand worth it!!
Share your passion for agriculture
with grade four students!