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2014/15 TEACHER'S GUIDE TO SCHOOL PROGRAMMES  

  • WELCOME!

    • 30 years of experience as leaders in museum education; we offer an exciting line up of innovative curriculum based programmes - based on the NEW Ontario Social Studies Curriculum
    • Centrally located to meet the needs of the local school boards, private schools and home school communities
    • ONE FREE programme each week on a first come-first served basis.
    • Custom designed programmes or visits to meet specific physical or learning needs of your class are possible
    • WCMA is fully accessible
    • Call the Activity Programmer at 519.846.0916, x5224 for details.

     

                                               

     

    KINDERGARTEN

     

    MUSEUMS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!

     This charming programme introduces kindergarten students to the concepts of museums and collections with an interactive and hands-on programme introduced by our very own "Wellington Mouse" character.  The programme includes story time with Wellington, a craft and hands- on artifact investigation.

     

    BLOW OFF THE DUST: EXPLORE TODAY'S MUSEUM

     Critical Thinking, Number Sense, Patterning,

    Come play with us and discover the dazzling range of colours, textures and sizes in our collections at the Museum. This busy "activity" programme is specially geared for the kindergarten student as an introduction to the community Museum and to develop the basic thinking skills of observation, classification, and serration through active hands-on problem solving.

     

     

    PRIMARY

    GRADE 1

    IF WE DON'T WORK WE WON'T EAT!

    Social Studies: Heritage & Identity, Changing Roles and Responsibilities

    Health & Physical Education

    This simple rule of economy guided early settlers as they struggled to keep food on the table in a strange and sometimes harsh environment. Students will explore the food traditions of early Wellington County through a variety of hands on activities. They will compare and contrast this information to today's foodways in terms of food safety, cultural preferences and the Canada Food Guide.

     

    HOW DID WE GET HERE? Maps and Mapmaking

    Social Studies: People and Environments, the Local Community 

    Through the hands-on use of maps of Wellington or Dufferin Counties, students will cover several skills required in interpreting maps including: orientation, grid systems, following direction & using a map legend.  Students will work collaboratively in small groups to create their own unique "map" to the museum.

     

    GRADE 2

    FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

    Social Studies: Heritage and Identity, Changing Family and Community Traditions

    OFFERED NOVEMBER 17- DECEMBER 5, 2014

    Students will explore the differences and similarities of several culturally distinct winter festival celebrations. What traditions make us different? What characteristics of celebrations do we all share? This year's programme will focus on celebrations from India, Netherlands, Spain and Israel. Activities will include stories, games, a festive treat and a take home craft.

     

    CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN CANADA                                

    Social Studies: Heritage and Identity, Changing Family and Community Traditions

    Offered December 8 - 18, 2014

    Canadian Christmas traditions are a blend of the customs and celebrations brought to Canada by immigrants hundreds of years ago. Discover how these cultural traditions have influenced Canadian Christmas celebrations today. Activities will include a festive treat, a take home gift and participation in seasonal pastimes!

     

    FASTER, STRONGER, HIGHER! Simple Machines at Work and Play

    Science and Technology, Structures and Mechanics 

    Students will explore the use of simple machines in 19th century life by examining both domestic and agricultural tools that helped make life easier for everyone!  This "hands-on" programme includes a visit to the 1877 Barn, and the opportunity for students to invent their own "simple machine"! This is an excellent introduction or review of the basic simple machines; incline plane, wedge, screw, lever, wheel and axle and pulley.

 

       Grade 3

         EARLY SETTLERS IN WELLINGTON COUNTY; CLASSIC VERSION

         Social Studies: Heritage & Identity, Communities in Canada 1780 - 1850 

Students participate in activities common to early settler's daily life. Hands on seasonal activities may include candle making, processing wool, herbal remedies. Gallery tour and discussions will focus on lifestyle and work in a Wellington County settler's home. 

 

LONG HOUSE OR LOG CABIN? COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Social Studies: Heritage & Identity, Communities in Canada 1789 - 1850.

Through exhibit investigation and a variety of hands-on activities, students will be challenged to compare and contrast the quality of life in a 16th century Neutral long house with life in an early 19th century log cabin.  Factors to consider include health, clothing, accommodation and family dynamics.

 

JUNIOR

 

Grade 4

 

IN MEMORIAM: DEATH RITUALS AND CEMETERY INVESTIGATION

Social Studies, Early Societies, 3000 BCE - 1500CE

Using the Poor House Cemetery as a starting point, students will have the opportunity to compare death rituals and traditions from 19th century Ontario with known traditions from early societies, i.e. Egypt, India, and Rome.

Weather permitting; part of this programme will be outdoors in the cemetery.

 

GRADE 5

 

GOVERNMENT IN CANADA; IT'S YOUR CHOICE

Social Studies: People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

Who will win the 1886 election in Wellington County?  Of course one of the main issues of the campaign will be the ongoing issues concerning the operation of the poor house.  Guided small groups of students will develop an election campaign.  Students will present their platforms to the class and participate in an election.

 

ABORIGINAL STUDIES: WOODLAND NATIVE CULTURE

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: First Nations in Early Canada

 Before the Europeans arrived Wellington County was inhabited by the Neutrals (Woodland Culture). Using our First Nations gallery "First Story" (recreated interior of a longhouse) and primary sources, students will discover the relationships between Aboriginal people, their environment, and interaction with the European settlers.

 

ABORIGINAL HERTIAGE FESTIVAL - Special presentation, May 1, 2015 BOOK TODAY!

All day programme, $5.00 per student

 

 

INTERMEDIATE

 

GRADE 6

HISTORY DETECTIVES; Building Wellington County

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present.

Using Wellington County as an example of how Canadian communities develop, this hands-on inquiry based research programme highlights community builders of Wellington County as well as our state of the art Archives.  Students will learn how to begin a basic genealogy project by exploring the history of five instrumental families from different parts of Wellington County.  Working in small groups, students will trace the history of a family, identify pertinent family artifacts, and determine the impact of the family on the community.  Each group will present their findings to the class.  AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM OR IN THE CLASSROOM

 

Grade 7

RICHARD PIERPOINT AND THE QUEENS BUSH: A CASE STUDY OF BLACK SETTLEMENT IN WELLINGTON COUNTY

History: Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenges

Through creative presentation, using primary evidence, students will be introduced to several individuals personally involved in the Pierpoint and Queens Bush settlements.  Students as active investigators will be challenged to determine why these settlements ultimately disappeared from the County landscape and the history books. AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM OR IN THE CLASSROOM.

 

GRADE 8

 

IF THESE WALLS COULD SPEAK

History: Canada 1890 - 1914: A Changing Society

The House of Industry and Refuge operated from 1877-1947 offering accommodation to Wellington County's "deserving poor", including many families and children.  This programme offers a fascinating glimpse into an important part of the county's social history, at a time of great change.  Students will have the opportunity to examine and compare the different characteristics of a child's life in 1892; family chores, school work and daily routines at the "Poor House" will be explored through a variety of hands-on activities and case studies.  What were/are the social roles and responsibilities of being a citizen of Wellington County?  AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM OR IN THE CLASSROOM.

  

GRADE 7/8

CANADA AT WAR: THE GUELPH-WELLINGTON EXPERIENCE - SPECIAL PRESENTATION, MAY 14, 2015, All day programme, $8.00 per student

 

 

SECONDARY

 

GRADE 10

 

CANADA. FALL IN! THE CANADIAN FIRST WORLD WAR EXPERIENCE

This programme focuses on WW1 trench life and Wellington County's involvement in the war. Students will explore a variety of issues through examination of primary and secondary sources.  AVAILABLE AT THE MUSEUM OR IN THE CLASSROOM.

 

Grade 12

ADVENTURES IN HISTORY, CUSTOM DESIGNED MUSEUM VISIT

Working directly with the classroom teacher to identify the particular interests of the class, students will spend a full or half day on a "behind the scenes" visit highlighting career opportunities in the museum field, including exhibit design, conservation, curatorial and archival duties.  Activities include hands-on opportunities like paper or china repairs, artifact accessioning and research.

 

ABORIGINAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL, SPECIAL PROGRAMME, APRIL 30, 2015. All day programme, $5.00 per student

 

CLASSROOM OPPORTUNITIES....WE DELIVER!

Several programmes are offered in the classroom at a cost of $50.00 per class with a limit of 35 students per presentation.  Multiple bookings are welcome within the same school, but group sizes are limited to ensure the quality of the programme. 

 

TO BOOK A PROGRAMME:

  • Programmes are 2 hours in length, available morning or afternoon.

 

  •  Programmes are $3 per student. 
  •  Classroom teachers and parent chaperones are admitted free of charge.  We recommend three parent chaperones per class.  Chaperones are expected to actively participate in the programme.  Cell phones must be turned off.
  •  TO BOOK YOUR MUSEUM VISIT OR HAVE THE MUSEUM VISIT YOU, please call Libby Walker, Activity Programmer, Monday through Friday at 519.846.0916, ext. 5224 or email at libbyw@wellington.ca

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