4; Cycle 1-2
- Grades 5-8;
Elementary Cycle 3, Secondary
- Grades 9-12;
Secondary Cycle 2
Treasures of Canada Webquest - Lesson Plan
Students learn about various themes in Canadian history,
including aboriginal history and cultures, French-Canadian history,
and immigration to Canada between 1800 and 2000. Working both
independently and in small groups, they assume the roles of museum
curators of their choice, search the Canadian Museum of
Civilization's database, select artifacts for an exhibition
targeting high school students, and make a presentation.
Grade: Grades 9-12; Quebec Secondary Cycle
Subjects: Social Studies, Geography, History
and Citizenship Education, Language Arts, Arts Education
Themes: Aboriginal peoples in Canada, First
Nations, life in aboriginal societies before and after contact,
French Canada, customs and traditions in North America, immigration
to Canada 1800-2000, diversity and commonality, multiculturalism,
Canadian identity, cultural groups in Canada, methods of historical
Objectives and Competencies: Use information,
use information and communication technology, communicate
appropriately; observe, describe, summarize, reason, use critical
thinking, use creativity, cooperate with others, listen to others,
use oral communication, develop research skills, methods of
Duration: 180-240 minutes
One copy per student:
Treasures of Canada Webquest
Optional: Direct Students to the Treasures of Canada Webquest in
the Youth Section to use directly from the web site.
Required Technical Equipment
- One computer with Internet access for each student; students
can work in groups of three if there are not enough computers.
- Ensure students have been introduced to one or more of the
themes covered by the artifact collections: aboriginal history and
cultures, French-Canadian history, and immigration.
- Visit the Crossroads of
Culture web site. Select the Objects tab, and view the
available categories of objects. Select a category from the side
menu, and then at the bottom of the page, select "View all
items in the collection". A list of objects is displayed.
Select the link for an object to display a detailed version. Visit
the other two web sites, Marius Barbeau
and Gateway to Aboriginal
Heritage, which are similarly organized. The Gateway to
Aboriginal Heritage site has the added feature of a clickable map
of Canada that links to artifacts from aboriginal groups in each
- Familiarize yourself with the Treasures
of Canada Webquest.
- Introduce the Treasures of Canada Webquest to your
Explain that they will be searching for objects from the Canadian
Museum of Civilization's collection to complete the
- Introduce the Canadian Museum of Civilization artifact
Explain that the Canadian Museum of Civilization has thousands of
artifacts related to aboriginal history and cultures,
French-Canadian history, and immigration to Canada: everything from
clothing to furniture to dishes to tools. Many of these artifacts
are not on display in the museum; that's because there is not
enough space to display all of the museum's artifacts.
Fortunately, many of them are available on a database on the
museum's web site, and today, students will have the chance to
search for objects of interest to them.
- Ask students to log onto the Internet and go to the Treasures
of Canada Webquest.
Have students follow the instructions on the Webquest.
- Students present their artifacts.
When students have completed the Webquest, the groups present their
artifacts in the format of their choice. Ask them to discuss their
impressions of the database, and how they might use it for homework
or other purposes.