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

Lesson: There's a pig in your closet

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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


Most of us think of farm animals only as sources of meat, eggs or milk. This article shows the variety of other products and benefits we get from pigs.

Curriculum connections

  • demonstrates an understanding of the diversity and uses of end products from pigs.


  • describes scientific and technological developments and teaches an appreciation of their impact on individuals, society and the environment, both locally and globally
  • teaches an appreciation of the role and contribution of technology to our understanding of the world.

Notes to teacher

This unit, which corresponds to the chapter "The Business of Farming" in the book, can be taught as a group work project, with each group completing one activity and presenting it to the rest of the class (PDF).

Teaching and learning strategies

  1. Teacher discusses with students how pigs are used.
  2. Students read article "There's a pig in your closet" on pages 229 to 231 in Canadian Agriculture at a Glance (PDF).
  3. Students complete the worksheet as they read.
  4. Students add terminology to their glossaries.

Assessment/evaluation strategies

  1. Assess worksheets for accuracy and completion.
  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. Wherever possible, vocabulary lists should be provided with a discussion of context clues and related vocabulary.
  6. For enrichment, students can investigate other agricultural products and the contributions they make to our lives other than as food (e.g., corn transformed into ethanol). For research see "A science-fiction harvest", on page 277 in the book.)

Links to other activities

This activity is linked to:

Suggestions for further research

  • Students can visit agricultural producers' websites to see the variety of ways in which commodities are used. Some suggested sites:
  • 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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