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Canadian Agriculture at a Glance Teacher's Kit > Lesson plans

Lesson: First you take an ecumene.

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Curriculum connections
Notes to teacher
Teaching and learning strategies
Assessment/evaluation strategies
Accommodation and enrichment strategies
Links to other activities
Suggestions for further research


This activity focuses on the term "ecumene" and how it is used to define terminology related to mapping.

Curriculum connections

  • demonstrates an understanding of terminology as it relates to geography
  • applies methods of geographic inquiry and research skills
  • demonstrates an understanding of the diversity of agricultural endeavours in Canada.
Family Studies/Home Economics
  • identifies food supply and production industries in Canada.

Notes to teacher

Students can add terms to their glossary as they read this article.

Teaching and learning strategies

  1. Teacher discusses the term "ecumene" with students.
  2. Students read article "First you take an ecumene." on pages 11 to 16 in Canadian Agriculture at a Glance (PDF) and view map that accompanies the article, noting the ecumene in their area.
  3. Students log onto the Atlas of Canada website ( and download agricultural maps specific to their province and or region.
  4. Students can download other economic activity maps for their province or region from the Atlas of Canada site.
  5. Students compare the two maps and draw conclusions about the competition for land use between commercial activity and agricultural activity in their region of Canada.
  6. Students add relevant terminology to their glossaries.

Assessment/evaluation strategies

  1. Evaluate maps and conclusions drawn by students regarding land use in their region.
  2. Assess glossaries for accuracy and completion.

Accommodation and enrichment strategies

  1. Some students may require assistance in order to complete written work.
  2. Students with special needs may work with a partner to complete a task.
  3. Templates for note-taking should be provided to students with special needs.
  4. Main ideas and/or new information should be mapped out and organized to meet the needs of all students.
  5. For enrichment, students can produce a map of Canada showing the competition for land in each province.

Links to other activities in chapter 1: The Big Picture

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Suggestions for further research

  • Students can research the competition for land use between commercial activity and agricultural activity in other countries and compare their findings with Canada.
  • Students can use 2001 Census of Agriculture data in E-STAT for data analysis, graphing and mapping activities for specific geographic areas of local interest.

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