Agriculture & The Environment
A&E Courses Are Two Year Long, Interdisciplinary & Cross-Curricular Courses With Four Common Strands:
Equestrian, Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, and Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS)
There Are Four Strands in the Agriculture and Environment Courses:
Sustainable Outdoor Recreation
Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS)
Plus One Major Reading With Harkness Discussions Each Year
One book per year, plus a few supplemental readings form the readings for the Harkness Discussions that are held on overnight and day trips including in stables. For 2019-2020 the major reading is the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
Accessibility for Dyslexia: All readings are in both paper book and text to speech accessible OCR PDF format. Most major readings are also available as Audible and/or Apple audiobooks. Some readings can also be converted into accessible “Dyslexie” font (created by and for those with dyslexia). Though the overnight trips are screen free, students with language based IEP needs may bring a Kindle e-reader to use solely for the Harkness discussions. (Kindle e-readers read text aloud and have dyslexie font built in.). Kindles brought on trips must not be the versions with the free 3G internet network access, as all students must “unplug” from the internet and social media on trips.
Students are strongly encouraged to read/listen to their readings several times and take notes on their iPads trips, then print out the text and notes in dyslexie font on waterproof “Rite in the Rain” paper before trips. Time without screens is important for everyone.
Note: All students must arrive on trip departure day with their preparation work (readings and notes) completed. This will be checked when students are getting into the van.
Riding & Driving
Sustainable Agricultural Ecosystems
Farm Products & Food Production
Agricultural Entrepreneurship & Business Management
Sustainable Outdoor Recreation
Best Practices for Sustainable Outdoor Rec
Teamwork & Leadership
Safety & Risk Management
Environmental Science & Studies (ESS)
Physical Geography & Geology
Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Major Readings & Harkness Discussions
One Major Reading Per Year
One environmental book per year forms the readings for the Harkness Discussions that are held on overnight and day trips including in stables:
Middle School (grades 7 & 8):
Year A Reading: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
Year B Reading: Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat &/or “Summer North of Sixty” or another book by James Raffan
Secondary I (grades 9 & 10)
Year A Reading: On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Year B Reading: TBD/varies based on program needs
Secondary II (grades 11 & 12): Varies depending on year and teacher(s)
Accessibility for Dyslexia: All readings are in both paper book and text to speech accessible OCR PDF format. Most major readings are also available as Audible and/or Apple audiobooks. Some readings can also be converted into accessible “Dyslexie” font. Though the overnight trips are screen free, students with language based IEP needs can bring a Kindle e-reader to use just for the Harkness discussions. (Kindle e-readers read text aloud and have Dyslexie font built in.)
Two PBS Video Clips About Rachel Carson and Her Publication of Silent Spring - The Book that Launched the Modern Environmental Movement
Agriculture & the Environment (A&E) are interdisciplinary two year courses.
Agriculture & the Environment encompasses:
the OE3 overnight and day trips,
the equestrian curriculum,
Environmental fieldwork done on the trips,
plus fibre arts (yarn spinning, knitting, weaving,...).
The majority of teaching/learning is on OE3 day (Fridays) and overnight trips.
Math, science, life skills, leadership, & interpersonal skills…+ some art!
Learning tasks in A&E are frequently interdisciplinary, and as such some assignments appear on the report cards for both A&E, and one or more other courses:
E.g. Fieldwork reports such as the Eramosa Karst Hike, and the Bruce Peninsula reports & seminar
There is a lot of hands-on, real world math in this course - including Horse Lovers Math.
Fibre Arts are part of the Sustainable Agriculture strand of A&E within the Farm Products & Food Production unit.