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Overview of School Program Offerings

The Canadian Museum of History offers a wide range of school programs that encourage students to pursue a deeper understanding of the people, places and events that have shaped Canada. The Museum features a number of exhibitions and is home to the Canadian Children’s Museum and CINÉ+. Our wide range of world-class attractions enables us to offer a broad selection of programs tailored to your needs and those of your students.

The Canadian Museum of History offers meaningful learning experiences designed to support teachers in providing exceptional history education. Based on the principles of critical thinking, these programs provide access to material history, problem-solving activities and creative opportunities for students to communicate their findings. Museums share history through the stories they tell, and these programs aim at ensuring that your students come away with a greater understanding of the human stories behind historical events. Our programs closely match Ontario and Quebec curricula in the areas of Social Studies, History and Geography.

Unique Learning Experiences

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).

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.

Gallery Activity Sheets

Students explore the Museum galleries using printed tools.

Guided Tour

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

Canadian History Hall

On July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Canadian Museum of History opened the Canadian History Hall, our new signature exhibition about the history of Canada. Through the events, experiences and people that reflect and have shaped our country’s history and uniqueness, this new exhibition tells the story of Canada and its people from the dawn of human habitation to the present day.

The Museum launched two new school programs for the 2017-2018 school year to coincide with the opening of the Canadian History Hall, focused on indigenous history and featuring new offerings for grades 6-8. We invite you to connect with us to hear about these programs and more.

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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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

Teacher Overview

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Learn more about the Canadian History Hall.


Suggested Themes

THEME 1: CANADIAN HISTORY – FIRST PEOPLES

IN-GALLERY EXPLORATIONS
An Ancient Bond with the Land
Every Object Has Its History: The Northwest Coast
Traditions of the Anishinabe (Algonquin)
The Women and Men of the Fur Trade
GALLERY ACTIVITY SHEET
It’s Your History!
Artifact Hunt in the First Peoples Hall
GUIDED TOUR: Grand Tour CINÉ+ FILM: Your Choice

 

THEME 2: CANADIAN HISTORY – EARLY EUROPEAN SETTLEMENTS

WORKSHOPS
The People of New France: Forging Relationships, Changing Landscapes
The Women and Men of the Fur Trade
GALLERY ACTIVITY SHEET
It’s Your History!
GUIDED TOUR: Grand Tour CINÉ+ FILM: Your Choice

 

THEME 3: WORLD CULTURES – LOCAL COMMUNITIES

IN-GALLERY EXPLORATIONS
Little Trotters
Baker, “Knead” a Hand?
Music Works!
CINÉ+ FILM: Your Choice

 

THEME 4: DISCOVER YOUR MUSEUM

GALLERY ACTIVITY SHEET
It’s Your History!
Artifact Hunt in the First Peoples Hall
CINÉ+ FILM: Your Choice

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