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New! We are now offering our education programs in French! *

NEW education programs available for booking as of May 1, 2024:  Millie’s Day , Roots to Rebellion, Traitors! and Follow the Drinking Gourd

*dependent on Museum Interpreter availability for selected program days


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Please note, due to increased renovation work at the Pickering Museum Village, staff will not be conducting programs in costumes.

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: $9 (or $14.95 for two programs with a ½ hour lunch break in the museum picnic shelter)  

 

Program Options

The Blacksmith's Apprentice Quest 

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

NEW! Millie’s Day (available for booking from May 2024)

Pickering’s early Black settlers faced many hardships in their first years in Upper Canada after finding freedom. Experience early settlement through the eyes of young Millie and share in the work needed for her family to clear their land and road allowances, build fences, and help around the homeThis program takes place in the new Log Barn and Log House exhibit spaces. 

   

Grade 3 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 

 

Roots to Rebellion!  

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 of the 1837 Rebellion. They will learn stories of local people and decide for themselves if they were Reform or Tory. 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: 90min

 

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

NEW! Traitors! (available for booking from May 2024)

Could you be loyal to the King, but also a traitorThrough role-play and interactive lessons, students will understand how dangerous and corrupt early elections were and why the farmers moved from lawful reforms to armed rebellion in their quest for responsible governmentA debate at the conclusion reveals the ultimate sacrifice paid by the men found guilty of treason but also how their actions brought Canada democracyThis program takes place in the hotel, new Log House exhibit space, and grounds of Pickering Museum Village. This program explores government and the consequences of the Upper Canada Rebellion more deeply, as an add-on to the Roots to Rebellion program 

 

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 

NEW! Follow the Drinking Gourd (available for booking from May 2024)

Early Black settler, George Chapman, had been enslaved in Virginia before settling in Pickering TownshipStudents will explore how George may have followed the Drinking Gourd (north star) to find freedom in Canada and what that freedom looked like on a small plot of land in this hands-on, interactive program about the Underground Railroad and early settlement.  

 

Grade 7 Curriculum Connections: 

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

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 


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 Museum Interpreter to your class for a program of your choice. 

Museum outreach education programs offered year-round to schools (classrooms) or special interest groups (meeting places).  Note: in 2024, there will be a 2-program minimum to book a Museum2U program.

See below for our #Museum2U program offerings and descriptions. 

 

NEW! Mapping George’s Freedom! (Gr. 6-8) 

Explore the life of local Black settler, George Chapman, against the backdrop of changing enslavement laws and the Underground Railroad.  Through hands-on activities, students will analyze primary sources, learn about the UGRR’s secret codes, and apply those codes to plot a route for George from enslavement in Virginia to a free life in Pickering Township.

Program Length: 2 hrs.

Program cost: $300 for two 2 hrs. programs

Curriculum Connections:

Social Studies; History; Geography; Language; Mathematics; Art

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: $210 for two 45-minute programs

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 Museum interpreter 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: $210 for two 45-minute programs

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

Program cost: $300 for 2 2-hr programs

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

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