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Our four programming formats offer you and your students a wide range of learning experiences in a variety of environments. Each of these programming formats — described below — emphasizes core competencies such as teamwork, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and accommodates visual, kinesthetic and auditory learning styles.

Workshops

These 45-minute hands-on sessions are held in one of the Museum’s ateliers, where students investigate a “big idea” using primary and secondary sources (archival images, replica artifacts and living history collections).

Baker, “Knead” a Hand?

DESCRIPTION

Children will discover the fascinating secrets behind that most universal of foods, bread! As they make and bake a loaf of their own, they will learn about the variety of flours and breads enjoyed throughout the world, finally delivering their creations to the houses of the International Village. This program gives students an opportunity to learn and practice their measuring and early literacy skills.

GRADES
ON Preschool to Grade 2
QC Preschool to Cycle 1
DATES START TIME
October 3, 2016 to June 16, 2017 10 A.M. OR 11:15 A.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Maximum

*Best curriculum link to kindergarten and grade 1 / kindergarten and cycle 1

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Language, Mathematics, Personal and Social Development; Social Studies: People and Environments
QC – Competencies 1 to 6; Arts Education, Languages, Mathematics, Geography

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The People of New France: Forging Relationships, Changing Landscapes

DESCRIPTION

For settlers in New France, adapting to a new land required a different way of life, as well as new interactions and exchanges. Working with replica artifacts from the Museum’s collections, students will explore some of the ways in which the people of New France adapted to their surroundings, and will learn about some of the interactions between European settlers and First Peoples and how they influenced one another.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 8*
QC Cycle 2 to Secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
October 3, 2016 to June 16, 2017 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M. **
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Maximum
LOCATION
Gallery G

*Best curriculum link to grade 5 to 7 / cycle 3 and secondary 1

**Month of May and June 2017, available at 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. only

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; History
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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In-Gallery Explorations

In these 45-minute facilitated gallery visits, students examine a specific question related to the main message of the gallery you’ve chosen, using replica artifacts, props and activity cards.

Music Works!

DESCRIPTION

Take your students on a musical odyssey to far-off places! Children play the roles of musicians from Indonesia and Nigeria, learning and practicing some useful techniques and musical beats while preparing for their performances. Music Works! promotes intercultural understanding as children explore the role of music in communities around the world.

GRADES
ON Kindergarten to Grade 4*
QC Kindergarten to Cycle 2*
DATES START TIME
October 3, 2016 to June 16, 2017 10 A.M. OR 11:15 A.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Maximum

*Best curriculum link to grades 1 and 2 / cycle 1

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; People and Environments; Arts: Dance, Music
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship; Arts Education: Music, Dance

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An Ancient Bond with the Land

DESCRIPTION

Over the centuries, Canada’s First Peoples have adapted to a vast array of climates, landscapes and environments. Working in small teams, your students will explore the First Peoples Hall to identify ways in which First Peoples met their needs for food, clothing, shelter and transportation using traditional technologies and life-ways. Your students will also draw parallels between these adaptations and their own lives.

GRADES
ON Grades 2 to 6*
QC Cycles 1 to 3*
DATES START TIME
October 3, 2016 to June 16, 2017 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M. **
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Maximum
LOCATION
First Peoples Hall

*Best curriculum link to grades 2 and 4 / cycles 1 and 2

**Month of May and June 2017, available at 10 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. only

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: People and Environments; Heritage and Identity
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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Every Object Has Its History: The Northwest Coast

DESCRIPTION

Artifacts can be magnificent, mysterious, small, large, simple or complex, but they always contain a wealth of information. Your students will learn to observe, investigate and decode various objects to discover aspects of social organization, artistic traditions, technology, and ability to adapt to the environment, of First Peoples of the Northwest Coast.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 8*
QC Cycle 2 to Secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
October 3, 2016 to April 28, 2017 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M. **
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 Minutes 30 Maximum
LOCATION
Grand Hall

*Best curriculum link to grades 3 to 6 / cycles 2 and 3

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; Geography
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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Traditions of the Anishinabe (Algonquin)

DESCRIPTION

Explore the continuity of Anishinabe (Algonquin) culture through their traditions, oral histories, the objects they created, and the knowledge that community members have shared with the Museum. Students will explore objects related to six different traditions in Anishinabe (Algonquin) culture, and use the knowledge they acquire to compare Anishinabe (Algonquin) culture with their own.

GRADES
ON Grades 2 to 6*
QC Cycle 2 to Cycle 3*
DATES START TIME
October 10, 2017 to April 27, 2018 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 minutes 30 students per tour
LOCATION
Canadian History Hall

*Best curriculum link is to Grades 3 to 5/Cycle 2.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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The Women and Men of the Fur Trade

DESCRIPTION

During the fur trade, Europeans relied heavily on the knowledge of Indigenous women and men. This program highlights multiple perspectives on the fur trade following the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763), and examines the relationships that made trade networks possible. Students will use primary text sources and artifacts to explore the perspectives of Indigenous women, Indigenous men, and Europeans.

GRADES
ON Grades 6 to 8*
QC Cycle 3*
DATES START TIME
October 10, 2017 to April 27, 2018 10 A.M., 11:15 A.M. OR 1 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 minutes 30 students per tour
LOCATION
Canadian History Hall

*Best curriculum link is to Grades 6 and 7/Cycle 3.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; History
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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Globe Trekkers at the Canadian Children’s Museum

DESCRIPTION

Based on the concept of learning through play, these multisensory, interactive programs promote students’ awareness of themselves and others. In the exciting and colourful international environment of the Canadian Children’s Museum, children explore how people live, work and interact in communities around the world.

GRADES
ON Preschool to Grade 4
QC Preschool to Cycle 2
DATES START TIME
Available year-round Upon availability
DURATION GROUP SIZE
60 Minutes 30 Maximum

*Best curriculum link to preschool to grade 2 / preschool to cycle 1

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Gallery Activity Sheets

Students explore the Museum galleries using printed tools.

It’s Your History!

DESCRIPTION

This activity sheet is intended for students who visit the Canadian Museum of History. It offers them an engaging and thought-provoking self-guided exploration of four permanent exhibitions located on Level 1 of the Museum: the Grand Hall, From Time Immemorial: Tsimshian Prehistory, the First Peoples Hall and the Canadian Stamp Collection. Students will make their way through the exhibitions by answering questions that require observation, comparison, reflection and exploration.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 8*
QC Cycles 2 to secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
Available year-round During regular hours
DURATION LOCATION
45 Minutes (Expected Duration) Throughout the Museum

*Best curriculum link to grade 3 to 6 / cycles 2 and 3

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Artifact Hunt in the First Peoples Hall

DESCRIPTION

This self-guided activity sheet helps students to discover fascinating objects and stories reflecting the history, individuals, beliefs and cultural traditions of Canada’s First Peoples.

Students will explore the First Peoples Hall as they look for 12 key artifacts among the many historical and contemporary objects on view. Students will come away with greater appreciation of the diversity, richness and vitality of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

GRADES
ON Grades 3 to 8*
QC Cycles 2 to secondary 2*
DATES START TIME
Available year-round During regular hours
DURATION LOCATION
45 Minutes (Expected Duration) First Peoples Hall

*Best curriculum link to grade 3 to 6 / cycles 2 and 3

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Guided Tour

Students are taken on an engaging 45-minute guided tour throughout the Museum.

Grand Tour of the Museum

DESCRIPTION

Awaken your students’ historical imaginations with this guided tour that explores the many amazing sights and stories at the Canadian Museum of History. Students will gain an appreciation for the lives and contributions of those who came before us, and will learn to value the evidence left behind.

GRADES
ON Grades 7 to 12
QC Secondary 1 to 5
DATES START TIME
Available year-round 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
DURATION GROUP SIZE
45 minutes 30 students per tour
LOCATION
Throughout the Museum

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
ON – Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; History and Geography
QC – Geography, History and Citizenship Education

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Booking Your visit

Step 1 : Choose

Choose your activity and a preferred date and time as well as alternate selections, should your first choice not be available.

Step 2 : Contact

Contact our Call Centre Agents a minimum of three weeks ahead of time to organize your visit. Program space is often limited, so we encourage you to contact us as early as possible.

THERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO BOOK YOUR VISIT:

PLEASE HAVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION READY WHEN YOU CALL:

  • Number of participants, grade level(s), language preference (English or French)
  • Preferred and alternate activities, dates and times
  • Name, complete mailing address, telephone, email and fax number of group leader
  • Credit card number and expiry date

Step 3 : Confirm

A reservation confirmation will be sent to you. To confirm your booking, you must sign and return the confirmation within five days by fax to 819-776-8279.

Group Admission and School Program Fees

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Payment

Payment may be made in cash, by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex), by traveller’s cheque or by cheque made payable to the Canadian Museum of History (please indicate the reservation number on the cheque).

CINÉ+ long feature films: a premium may be added to the CINÉ+ regular admission fee for a feature-length film.

Cancellations

There is no charge for schools that cancel due to inclement weather. Under all other circumstances, our Call Centre must be notified in writing two weeks before any change or cancellation of reservation. If changes or cancellations are not communicated at least two weeks before your program date, the program’s total cost will be charged to the credit card number provided when the booking was made.

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