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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

#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.  (COVID Note:  Our staff are fully vaccinated, and COVID adaptions are in place).

Buzz Saws & Building Blocks (K to Gr. 3)

Adaptable for students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 and adjusting to COVID guidelines, primary children discover the joys of play in the schoolyard and gathering places of long ago, before the age of plastic toys and batteries.  They gain the building blocks of constructive play by learning how to manipulate old toys, sing traditional songs, and play circle games using rhythmic patterns, body percussion, movement and cooperative interaction.

Program length:  45 minutes (K); 60 minutes (Gr. 1-3)

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 Days (Gr. 2/3)

Program Length:  90 minutes

Simple Machines (Gr. 2)

Program Length:  90 minutes

UGRR (Gr. 6-8)

Program Length:  2 hours

Upper Canada Rebellion (Gr. 7/8)

Program Length:  2 hours

Free Video 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 Mini Virtual 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