Guelph Museum Education Programs 2016/17

Education Programs 2016-2017

guelph-museum2016Consider Guelph Civic Museum and McCrae House your community classroom, where history comes to life in inspiring and enriching ways. For school groups, our programs are designed to support the learning objectives of the Ontario curriculum at each level, and have been updated to align with inquiry-based learning practices. For community groups, our programs provide unique, engaging life-long learning opportunities.

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TheMuseum Education Weeks: STEM, Egypt, Aboriginals, & Medieval Times!

Education Weeks

All Education Week programs run from 10:00am until 2:00pm, with arrival between 9:20am and 9:50am.

S.T.E.M: Destination Imagination

stem-teacher-flyerNovember 7 to 10, 2016
$12 per student
Celebrate the official launch of our brand new MakerSpace, The Underground Studio, by participating in a day of interactive activities meant to level up your class on S.T.E.M! Make, tinker, build, and connect with professionals from Waterloo Region’s tech sector to showcase the potential of pursuing S.T.E.M-based careers! It all starts here.
Curriculum connections: Grade 6 Science and Technology

Unwrapping Egypt

February 21 to 24, 2017
$12 per student
Uncover over 3,000 years of history, culture and mystery from one of the world’s greatest civilizations. Reveal the secrets of the ancient Egyptian language as a prominent scribe. Get wrapped up in the world of ancient embalmers and learn what it takes to mummify a body. Explore the tools and methods used by ancient Egyptian artisans to create the structures that Egypt is so famous for, and then put your building skills to the test in a structure building competition – all led by in-character facilitators!
Curriculum connections: Grade 4 Social Sciences, Language Arts, and Science and Technology

Aboriginal Intersections

March 27-31, 2017
$12 per student
Stories unite us. They come from the traditions of the wampum weavers of the Six Nations and of oral storytellers sharing tales of Turtle Island. But they are also being explored by emerging Aboriginal artists. This program bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary Aboriginal storytellers by exposing students to mediums explored by members from several First Nations. Students will participate and contribute to all of these methods of storytelling.
Curriculum connections: Grades 1-6 Social Studies: Heritage and Identity

Medieval Week

April 24-28, 2017
$12 per student
Students will be immersed in hands-on medieval activities: try on medieval-style clothing and armour, create a decorative illuminated manuscript, concoct medieval medicines and remedies, witness a falconry demonstration and of course, master the art of medieval combat – all led by in-character facilitators!
Curriculum connections: Grade 4 Social Students: Heritage and Identity: Early Societies, 3000BCE-1500CE

Royal Canadian Legion Open House from Oct 17-21, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.



We cordially invite your Faculty and Students to an Open House at the Royal Canadian Legion, Waterloo Branch No. 530. (316 Marsland Drive, Waterloo)

We must continue to help celebrate, honour, remember, and teach our youth about the contributions and sacrifices of our Veterans and in fostering the Tradition of Remembrance amongst Canada’s Youth Waterloo Branch 530 will be Hosting a special ‘Why We Remember’ week.

The Students will partake in the Royal Canadian Legion Opening Ceremonies, with the singing of O’Canada, join in the Poppy Ritual, have a question period and watch a short video.  There will be a formal Wreath Laying by some of the Students in each class and the Closing Ceremonies with the singing of God Save the Queen.  We hope to provide the Students with a fundamental understanding of who, what, where, when and why we are called upon to defend our freedom and the democracy that we have today.  During this week, all Veteran Organizations will be setting up displays, memorials, military history and video films etc.  Pamphlets, Teacher’s Guides and information books will be available.  Veterans will speak on their experiences and answer questions.  Cadets will be in attendance explaining their varied projects and endeavors.  Descriptions and clarifications for the many Youth Programs, which are sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion, will be made available. Discover how easy it would be to become a part of our Remembrance Day Parades on November 11th, 2015 at the Kitchener and Waterloo Cenotaphs.  March along with us and Lay a Wreath on behalf of your School and the Youth of Today.  We hope to provide a better understanding of Veteran Organizations Traditions and Ideals, their Comradeship, Loyalty and Service to our Community.

We will be proclaiming ‘Why We Remember Week’ from Monday, October 17th to Friday, October 21st, 2016

Two Sessions – Morning at 9:00 a.m. – Afternoon at 12:00 p.m.

To arrange an appointment to bring classes in, or questions regarding transportation or for any further information, please contact the Waterloo Branch 530 Co-ordinator, Cheryl Lace or leave a message for Cheryl on her cell:  519-580-8229


“Those who do not remember the past, are condemned to repeat it”
“They Served Till Death!  Why Not We?”

Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge


The Ontario Schools Battery Recycling Challenge (OSBRC) is for elementary and secondary schools in the Province of Ontario. The program aims to teach children and their families about the proper ways to handle, store and recycle batteries at home and at school.

The OSBRC offers many free resources for educators and there is no cost for a school to participate.

If you want to do something great for the environment and win cash for your school, you’ve come to the right place!

Please sign up today!

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Waterloo Museum Field Trip Options

2016/2017 Education Programs:

Mini Museum Goers – Pre-school Program

Early Learning/Kindergarten Children are introduced to the gallery museum and community outings through fun activities on a variety of themes. Choose from program themes such as; Collecting, People in our Community, or Jobs and Working. Available January to April only. 1.5 hours, maximum 40 children.

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Remembrance Day Resources from

The popular Veterans’ Week materials have been entirely updated for 2016. New editions of the

  • Take Time to Remember activity booklet (ages 5-7), as well as
  • youth newspapers Tales of Animals in War (ages 5-11)and
  • Canada Remembers Times (ages 12-18) are now available.
  • Postcards for Peace and the Veterans’ Week bookmarks and posters are also back
    again, as is an
  • on-line teacher’s guide.


Explore what we have to offer and order them today at no charge:
Our 2016 Veterans’ Week web feature offers a wealth of other resources for educators, from ideas on how schools can show they remember to social media tools that allow youth to share their thoughts on those who have served and sacrificed in uniform over the years. Check it out here:

2015 Canada Day Challenge

There is still time to participate in the 2015 Canada Day Challenge! The deadline is March 20, 2015.

What Makes You Proud to be Canadian?

We’re asking youth from 8 to 18 years old across Canada to tell us what makes them proud to be Canadian by submitting their best, most dynamic drawings, photos or pieces of creative writing that represents everything that Canada is as a strong, proud and free nation.

Enter the 2015 Canada Day Challenge for a chance to win great prizes, including all-expenses paid trip for two to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill: go backstage, meet some of Canada’s most inspiring people, tour museums, galleries, the iconic Parliament Buildings and be part of a special summer exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History!

Plus, there’s even more to be excited about this year! Winners will also receive the opportunity to work with the amazingly talented team of education specialists from the National Film Board of Canada to create their very own short films about their adventures in Ottawa.

  • DRAW IT! (poster design),
  • SNAP IT! (digital photography) and
  • WRITE IT! (creative writing).

Participants who submit their entry have a chance to win great prizes!

For more information on the Canada Day Challenge, prizes, and for the complete contest rules, visit:

Best of luck to all!

Canada Day Challenge Team, Canadian Heritage

Il n’est pas trop tard pour participer au Défi de la fête du Canada 2015! La date limite pour s’inscrire au concours est le 20 mars 2015.

Les jeunes Canadiens de 8 à 18 ans sont invités à exprimer ce que le Canada signifie pour eux en soumettant des œuvres dans le cadre de trois volets : DESSINE-LE! (conception d’une affiche), PRENDS-LE EN PHOTO! (photographie numérique) et ÉCRIS-LE! (création littéraire).

Les participants qui [ ]soumettent leurs œuvres courent la chance de gagner des [ ]prix magnifiques!

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le Défi de la fête du Canada, les prix, et les règles du concours, visitez notre site Web [ ]

Bonne chance à tous!

L’équipe du Défi de la fête du Canada, Patrimoine canadien
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