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On-Site Education Programs

Choose your adventure, and spend part of a day, or the whole day at Pickering Museum Village! 

Program Length: 90 minutes

Cost per student: $8.50 (or $14.50 for two programs with a ½ hour lunch break in the museum picnic shelter)  

 

Program Options

Teddy’s Holiday Adventure  **NEW

Follow the story of Teddy Bear as he journeys through the museum village discovering the many holiday traditions from around the world!  Equipped with a storybook and activity sheets, teachers and chaperones will help students to explore customs, read maps, and identify where in the world the traditions began.  They’ll even make a Victorian thaumatrope toy with our Museum Interpreter to take home.

Kindergarten Curriculum Connections:

Belonging and Contributing, Self-Regulation and Well Being, Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics Behaviors

 

Gr. 1 Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies

Heritage and Identity: A2, A3

People and Environments: B2, B3

 

Gr. 2 Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies

Heritage and Identity: A1, A2, A3

People and Environments: B3

 

Gr. 3 Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies

Heritage and Identity: A3

People and Environments: B1, B2

The Blacksmith's Apprentice Quest   **NEW

Join our Museum Interpreter to learn about the life of a blacksmith’s apprentice while solving puzzles, finding clues, earning tools for your toolkit, and becoming a full journeyman in a new quest-style education program.  This 90-minute program includes visits to a house, general store, and the newly opened Greenwood Blacksmith Shop exhibit as well as a quest booklet to complete.

 

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:

Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4; Writing 3.1, 3.2

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7; People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.5, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5

Mathematics: A1, B1, B2, C1, C2, C3, E1, E2, F1

 Fun on the Farm Independent Discovery

We’ll provide three scavenger hunt cards, and you’ll explore independently in groups lead by you and your chaperones.  Spend time in our new Combination Barn exhibit: try milking our demonstration cow, Buttercup, comb the tail of Clyde (our demonstration Clydesdale foal), judge fair exhibits, and grind feed for cattle, then explore an inn and our village to complete activities on your hunt cards.

Curriculum Connections:

Language 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6; 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4

Social Studies (Heritage and Identity) A1.1, A1.2, A1.3; A2.1, A2.5, A2.6; A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7

Science and Technology (Understanding Life Systems) 1.1, 1.2; 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6; 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3,7, 3.8  (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms) 1.1, 1.2; 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6; 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3,7, 3.8, 3.9

Mathematics B2.1, B2.3, B2.4, B2.5; E1.2, E1.4; E2.1, E2.5, E2.7; F1.1

School Days

The bell has rung and it’s time to step back in time to the early days of school and slates!  Role-play along with our costumed school teacher through authentic lessons (and a few old-time school rules).  Then learn new games and enjoy some typical recess play. This program takes place in our Chapel school room and outdoors for some recess play (recess will be indoors in poor weather). 

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:

Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4; Writing 3.1, 3.2

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7; People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.5, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5

Mathematics: Measurement E2.1, E2.5, E2.7

Playful Pursuits

Explore life for children 200 years ago through play. Try our toys (batteries are not included!), and learn a combination of quiet and active games. Finish up by making and learning a game to take home. This program takes place outdoors; in poor weather, indoor games will be substituted in our hall.

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:

Physical Education: Social-Emotional Learning Skills A1.5; Active Living B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.3, B3.1; Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts & Strategies C1.2, C1.3, C1.4, C2.1

Language: Listening to Understand A1.1, A1.2; Speaking to Communicate A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4

Music: Creating and Performing C1.1; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing C2.2; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts C3.2

Grade 2 Curriculum Connections:

Physical Education: Social-Emotional Learning Skills A1.5; Active Living B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.3, B3.1; Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts & Strategies C1.2, C1.3, C1.4, C2.1

Language: Listening to Understand A1.1, A1.2; Speaking to Communicate A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4

Music: Creating and Performing C1.1; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing C2.2; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts C3.2

A Child's Day

Visit the museum for a hands-on experience with a costumed Museum Interpreter.  During this 90 minute interactive tour, explore the mysteries of the forest and early Indigenous-settler relations; build the first shelter to live in, try chores, and discover life in a log cabin. 

Curriculum Connections:

Language 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6; 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4

Social Studies (Heritage and Identity) A1.1, A1.2, A1.3; A2.1, A2.5, A2.6; A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7

Science and Technology (Understanding Life Systems) 1.1, 1.2; 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6; 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3,7, 3.8  (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms) 1.1, 1.2; 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6; 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3,7, 3.8, 3.9

Extra Information for your class trip:
  • Pickering Museum Village is an open air museum village.  Programs take place outside in nature, and in heritage buildings that are unheated and are not air-conditioned.  Please advise your program participants to dress for the weather, and to wear footwear appropriate for uneven ground.
  • Lunch space is available in our picnic shelter and must be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • A visit to the museum Gift Shop can be included and must be confirmed at the time of booking.
  • We require a minimum of 12 participants for a program booking.
  • Adult chaperones are welcome and are free up to a 1:4 ratio; admission fees will apply for any adults over that ratio (excepting assigned Education Assistants)
  • Homeschool groups are welcome.

#Museum2U

Can't do a field trip?  Invite us to your classroom!  We'll send a costumed Museum Interpreter to your class for a program of your choice.  #Museum2U programs are available year round.  See below for our #Museum2U program offerings and descriptions. For more than one program in a school on the same day, receive a discount!  (COVID NOTE: Our staff are fully vaccinated, and programs are adaptable for changing COVID-19 guidelines.)

Far-back Fun (K to Gr. 3)

Adaptable for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 and adjusting COVID guidelines, our costumed interpreter will lead students in games played by Indigenous and early European settler students 200 years ago.  Students will gain the building blocks of constructive play by learning how to manipulate old toys, and play games using vocabulary, rhythmic patterns, body percussion, movement, and cooperative interaction. 

Program length:  45 minutes 

Program cost: $100/ per class

Grade 1 Curriculum Connections:

Physical Education: Social-Emotional Learning Skills A1.5; Active Living B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.3, B3.1; Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts & Strategies C1.2, C1.3, C1.4, C2.1

Language: Listening to Understand A1.1, A1.2; Speaking to Communicate A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4

Music: Creating and Performing C1.1; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing C2.2; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts C3.2

Grade 2 Curriculum Connections:

Physical Education: Social-Emotional Learning Skills A1.5; Active Living B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.3, B3.1; Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts & Strategies C1.2, C1.3, C1.4, C2.1

Language: Listening to Understand A1.1, A1.2; Speaking to Communicate A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4

Music: Creating and Performing C1.1; Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing C2.2; Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts C3.2

School Is In! (Gr. 2/3)

We’ll send our 1830s school teacher to you along with enough slates and slate pencils for some role-playing fun!  Lessons in spelling, elocution and arithmetic will include school room rules from 200 years ago!   At the end, we’ll wrap it up with a compare and contrast between school then and now. 

Program Length: 45 minutes

Program cost $100/ per class

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:

Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4; Writing 3.1, 3.2

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7; People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.5, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5

Mathematics: Measurement E2.1, E2.5, E2.7

1837!

Pickering Township was a hotbed of political unrest in the 1830s.  Through role-play and hands-on activities, we’ll help students use historical inquiry to explore physical, social and political challenges facing all Upper Canadians, and to understand the causes and consequences of the 1837 Rebellion.  They will learn stories of local people and decide for themselves where their sympathies would have rested.  Program reservations will include pre- and post-presentation activities for teachers to do with their students to prepare for and round out the experience.

Program Length: 2 hours

$145/class

Grade 7 Curriculum Connections:

The Arts: Drama B1.1, B1.2, B1.4, B2.1, B3.1;

Visual Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1,7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7

History: New France and British North America: 1713-1800 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A2.7, A3.1, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7, A3.8

Virtual #Museum2U

We’ve partnered with teachers to redevelop favourite on-site programs into live conferencing programs that can be presented directly from our log schoolhouse to your classroom!  Call 905.683.8401 or email PMVBookings@pickering.ca to reserve your tour day and time.  You'll invite us to your virtual platform space for your program day and time once it's confirmed. To ensure a high-quality interactive program experience, the number of participants is restricted to a single class of learners.  Virtual Education Programs are available year round.

NEW!  Virtual Field Trip (Gr. 3)

Our Museum Interpreter will lead your class on a virtual tour of the Log Barn and Log House in this 40-minute virtual program.  We'll share videos of daily chores and artifacts, then discuss what students noticed in the video clips.  Your students will help choose where to go and what to see on their mini-field virtual trip!  Encourage your students to dress as early settlers to get into the spirit, and have a metre stick and rulers at the ready to act out some chores in the classroom!

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:
Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7 People and Environments:  Living and Working in Ontario B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.5, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5

$40/class

Program length: 40 minutes

Recess Play (Gr. 3)  

Our Museum Interpreter will lead your students in a 40-minute game program. Rules for a First Nations game and common parlour games played by children in the 1800s will be shared along with some historical context to help students understand how the games originated. As an added bonus, we will send you a supply list and instructions for a simple toy to make with students as a follow-up activity. Games will adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines.

Grade 2 Curriculum Connections:
Language: Oral Communication A1.1, A1.2, A2.1 A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, A2.6
Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:
Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity A1.1, A3.1, A3.6, A3.7

$40/class

Program length: 40 minutes

 School Days (Gr. 3)

Join our school teacher for a 40-minute role-playing step back in time.  Lessons are similar to those that children studied in the 1830s.  Spelling, elocution and arithmetic are on the agenda, along with play-acting, and a time travel experience.  Teachers are encouraged to have their students dress as early settlers for the program, to help them get into their characters!  Activities for students will adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines.

Grade 3 Curriculum Connections:
Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2,3, 2,4; Writing 3.1, 3.2

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7; People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario B1.1, B1.2, B2.1, B2.5, B3.1, B3.3, B3.5

Mathematics: Measurement E2.1, E2.5, E2.7

$40/class

Program length: 40 minutes

 Underground Railroad (Gr. 6-8)

Join our Museum Interpreter in a discussion about freedom, freedom seekers, and heroes of the UGRR.  Interactive role-playing will allow students to place themselves in the shoes of freedom seekers, and also those of community members where freedom seekers hoped to have a new beginning.  In the end, students will be challenged to consider: Was it everything the freedom seekers hoped it would be?  In-class activities will adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines.  Program reservations will include suggested pre- and post-presentation activities for teachers to do with their students to round out the experience.

Grade 6 Curriculum Connections: 
The Arts: Drama B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B1.4, B2.1, B3.1
Language: Oral Communication 1.1,.1.2, 1.3, 1.4,.1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9,  2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present A1.3, A1.4, A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, A2.5, A2.6, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.6, A3.7, A3.10

Grade 7 Curriculum Connections:
The Arts: Drama B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B1.4, B2.1, B3.1
Language: Oral Communication 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
History: New France and British North America, 1713–1800 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A3.1, A3.3, A3.4, A3.6, A3.7, A3.8;
Canada, 1800–1850: Conflict and Challenges B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, B2.4, B2.5, B2.6, B2,7, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5, B3.6

Grade 8 Curriculum Connections:
The Arts: Drama B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B1.4, B2.1
Language: Oral Communication 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5

$60/class

Program length: 60 minutes

 1837 Rebellion (Gr. 7-8)

Our Museum Interpreter will lead students through interactive role-playing activities that will teach them first hand why farmers were frustrated about the condition of roads, and the system of government in the 1830s. Something as simple as getting grain to market to earn income for the family was nearly impossible.  Private ballots and responsible democratic government?  They didn’t exist!  In-class activities will adhere to current COVID-19 guidelines.   Program reservations will include pre- and post-presentation activities for teachers to do with their students to round out the experience.

Grade 7 Curriculum Connections:
The Arts: Drama B1.1, B1.2, B1.4, B2.1, B3.1;
Visual Language: Oral Communication 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1,7, 1.8, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
History: New France and British North America: 1713-1800 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A2.7, A3.1, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7, A3.8

$60/class

Program length: 60 minutes

Free Online Content

We’ve created videos you can view with your students - some contain follow-up activities you can lead, or these resources can be used as lessons to do before or after a program led by our Museum Interpreter. All  videos have links to curriculum, to make it easy! 

Simple Machines Videos (Gr. 2+)

We’ve used the backdrop of Pickering Museum Village, its buildings and artifacts to explain simple machines in a series of 7 videos. At the end of each is a challenge activity or two for students to do as a follow-up activity.

Force and Movement  |  Inclined Planes  
Levers  |  Screws  |  Wedges 
Wheels & Axels  |  Pulleys

 

Curriculum Connections:

Grade 2 Science and Technology – Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Movement

Grade 3 Science and Technology - Understanding Matter and Energy: Forces Causing Movement

Grade 4 Science and Technology review - Understanding Structures and Mechanisms: Pulleys and Gears

Early Settlers Virtual Mini Tours (Gr. 3+)

Enjoy a brief introduction to some early settler information, and structures at Pickering Museum Village with these videos.

 

First Arrival

A quick lean-to or tent would have to do until the barn or shanty could be constructed.

 

Log House 

Life was tight - and busy - in the first home, but where did a family of 10 sleep?


Blacksmith Shop 

Early trades moved in as quickly as the settlers, and the blacksmith was a very important tradesman in the community.

Pickering and the Underground Railroad (Gr. 6+)

We’ve developed an independent learning lesson in Prezi, exploring the UGRR, key figures, and local settlers.  We’ve added in primary source material for students to explore and provided tips on how to analyze the information.  In the end, we encourage students to use the evidence and decide: Was Pickering a stop on the UGRR?  This lesson is recommended as a pre-presentation activity for students before the Underground Railroad Virtual Live presentation takes place.

Grade 6 Curriculum Connections:

 

Grade 6 Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present A1.3, A1.4, A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, A2.5, A2.6, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.6, A3.7, A3.10

Grade 7 Curriculum Connections:
History: New France and British North America, 1713–1800 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A3.1, A3.3, A3.4, A3.6, A3.7, A3.8; Canada, 1800–1850: Conflict and Challenges B1.1, B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2, B2.3, B2.4, B2.5, B2.6, B2,7, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3, B3.4, B3.5, B3.6

Grade 8 Curriculum Connections:
History: Creating Canada, 1850-1890 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, A2.4, A2.5, A2.6, A3.1, A3.2, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5

The Rebellion Interviews (Gr. 7-8)

Pickering Township was very involved in Wm. Lyon Mackenzie’s ill-fated attempt to overthrow the government in December 1837. With the help of our talented Backwoods Players volunteers, we’ve interviewed six key figures connected to the Rebellion of 1837, and Pickering in particular.  Learn details about the rebellion, straight from the lips of people who lived those times. These videos are recommended viewing as a pre-program activity prior to the 1837 Rebellion Live Virtual Program.

 

Wm. Lyon Mackenzie Interview Part One

Learn about Mackenzie’s early life, his immigration to Canada, and his growing move towards political reform. 

Wm. Lyon Mackenzie Interview Part Two
Discover how Mackenzie’s growing disillusionment with the “Family Compact” lead him to ask farmers to take up arms against the government, and what happened over the days of the uprising. 

William Allan Interview
The Family Compact was an interconnected ruling elite in Upper Canada, that exploited their position and influence.  Meet this member of the Family Compact’s and learn about his career, and his link to Pickering. 

Asahel Scott Interview

Many of the rebels were farmers, frustrated with the lack of government support.  Meet this young farmer, and learn what getting caught up in the rebellion did to him and his family - and why he wished he’d listened to his father.

Mrs. Mary Major Sleigh Interview
Not all Pickering settlers were rebels.  Some were sympathetic to reform, but were not in favour of an armed uprising.  The Major family were early settlers and remained loyal to the Tory government.  Mrs. Sleigh tells the story of her family’s position. 

Mrs. Hannah Smith Matthews
Mrs. Matthews was left to carry on the family farm and raise her children when her husband, Peter left Pickering to lead the Pickering rebels to the uprising.  Her story is one of perseverance and sadness.

Peter Matthews

Peter was one of Mackenzie’s “captains” in the armed uprising.  Few of Mackenzie’s top men were captured.  Peter was one of two men the government was able to arrest, and hold responsible for Mackenzie's traitorous actions.  Learn why he supported Mackenzie, and what it cost him.

 

Gr. 7 Curriculum Connections:
History: New France and British North America: 1713-1800 A1.1, A1.2, A1.3, A2.1, A2.5, A2.6, A2.7, A3.1, A3.3, A3.4, A3.5, A3.6, A3.7, A3.8

Costumer Confidential (Gr. 7 +)

Join the Museum’s Costumer for a look at changing fashion and social history tidbits. This is a fun series for students Gr. 7+ with an interest in lifestyle, and fashion history. 

Sontags and Shawls

1830s Fashion

Wardrobe Extenders

Baby It's Cold Outside

A Craving for Corsets

Cap This!

Fancy Dresses

The Costumes of Bridgerton

Curriculum links:

The Arts (Drama, Visual Arts)
History
Theatre Arts
Fashion Design

What Was It Really Like? Virtual Field Trips (Gr. 8+)

In this series of short videos we explore topics that peek into what life was really like in Pickering in the mid- to late 19th Century.

 

Hygiene

Learn what good hygiene in the 1850s meant!  You will be surprised to hear how often bathing, hair washing and teeth-cleaning were done.

 

Barn Raising

It took a community to raise a barn. Learn the social and the practical aspects of working together.

 

Cleaning

A woman’s work was never done, so they say.  Some chores were seasonal - find out more!

 

Courtship

Discover the differences, and the surprising similarities between dating now and in the 19th Century!

 

Health and Medicine

Doctors were not always trusted, and for good reason!  Many housewives relied on herbal remedies and patent medicines to treat their families.

 

Female Itinerant Preachers

The Bible Christians were one of very few religious groups that allowed women to preach.  Join us for a look at this extraordinary group.

 

Canning

Early canning practices could be dangerous!  Explore a brief history of food preservation.

 

Curriculum Links: Social Studies/ History

More Resources

We’ve created puzzles, craft instructions, activities, on-line exhibits and many other ways for you to explore historical topics on your own, or as a pre- or post- tour or classroom activity for students!

Puzzles and Activity Sheets

Crafts & Toys to Make

On-Line Exhibits

On-Line Digital Artifact Collection