CANOLA: AN INDUSTRY'S SUCCESS
Canola Council of Canada, 1992. VHS cassette, 7:30 min., $15.00
Volume 21 Number 4
An Industry's Success is an up-to-date, informative treatment of the canola industry in Canada. It deals concisely with a range of subjects such as the use of canola, the education of agriculturalists about canola, the export of canola, and ongoing research into the development of better and better strains of the grain. This short film's intended audience is school children or perhaps the general public. It gives a very broad overview of the industry.
The film was viewed by my grade 4/5 class as they were working on research projects about the countries of their ancestors. The term "oilseed" had cropped up on a number of occasions as they examined chief imports, exports and agricultural products. The film helped my students understand the term and exposed them to a Canadian success story.
The film moves smoothly from one topic to another and retained my grade 4/5 group's interest without inundating them with too many details. It is well organized and contains just enough "meat." The setting moves smoothly from the lab to prairie field, and the narration fits in well with these changes of scenery. Colour is used effectively to present canola in all its manifestations, from flower to bottled oil to granular fodder. I would recommend it for students from grade 3 to adults.
Therese Duval is a teacher-librarian/grade 4/5 teacher at Isaac Brock School in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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