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Pre and Post Visit Activities V2

Pre and Post Visit Activities for Black Creek Pioneer Village Education Programs:

General Activities
Cross-Curricular Suggested Activities

Hands-On Suggested Activities

Program Specific Pre and Post Visit Activities




General Activities

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Read a Novel depicting early settler life in Victorian Times; Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Create/discuss a list of words pertinent to early settler life;  Check VOCABULARY HERE »
  • Have students record all the times they use electricity, running water and/or cars in one day. Discuss the lists in class. Suggested Questions: Do students think they could live without using electricity/running water/cars? Do they use these a lot in their day? What alternatives could they use if they did not have these things in their homes/lives?

Post-Visit Activities

  • Hold a class Spelling Bee; Check VOCABULARY HERE »
  • Write diary entries for a week in the life of a nineteenth century apprentice or student including his/her thoughts.
  • Create a step-by-step procedural written piece on a process of daily life in early settler's life (wool production, wheat/flour production etc.).
  • Compare transportation today versus transportation of early settlers. Students can map their route to school, discuss how long it takes and what modes of transportation they use. Incorporate mathematics: Have students calculate how long it would take them to get to school in the 1860s. Calculate how far they can walk per minute. Chart their Results.
  • Most early settlers came from different countries around the world. Have students research their own genealogy to their grandparents (or beyond!) and have a class discussion on the push/pull factors of emigrating to a new place and/or a new country. Students can interview family members if they have moved to a new place and share family experiences.

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Cross-Curricular Suggested Activities

Mathematics:

  • Visit a local cemetery and record birth/death dates. Graph Dates and draw conclusions on longevity.
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Data Management & Probability
  • Compare transportation times from today versus transportation of early settlers. Students can map their route to school, determine how long it takes and discuss what modes of transportation they use. Have students calculate how long it would take them to get to school in the 1860s. Calculate how far they can walk per minute. Chart their Results.
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Measurement, Number Sense and Numeration, and/or Data Management & Probability
  • Calculate and plan the construction of a barn or log cabin. Students can create a floor plan/layout with measurements. Students can also construct at least the skeleton of their barn or log cabin with materials such as popsicle sticks and/or straws.
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Measurement, Geometry & Spatial Sense
  • Students can pretend they are storekeepers of the general store. Students will have to think about what goods they need to have in their store, what price they get the goods for, what price they will sell them for and how many people will have to buy the goods. Teachers can add in bartering systems and do a mock-real life version in the classroom!
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Number Sense & Numeration
  • Students can calculate a daily schedule for children in the 1860s. Many children had chores to do as well as school to go to, often an hour walk away from their home. School started at 9am and went until 5pm. How could children fit all the chores into the day and go to school? Students can list chores that had to be done and determine how long they might take and plan a schedule for a pioneer child. Potential Curriculum Covered: Measurement (Time)

Science & Technology

  • Record the weather for a month. Students can pretend they are recent immigrants to Upper Canada and use the weather data to determine how weather would effect settlement in terms of building a house, farming and travel etc. Science experiments can be conducted with growing plants to determine ideal growing conditions, etc.
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Grade 3 Growth & Changes in Plants, Soils in the Environment
  • Look at the structures pioneers built in Upper Canada. How were they constructed? Were they strong? Students can construct a log cabin, barn or other pioneer structure, or at least the frame of any with materials such as popsicle sticks and/or straws.
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Grade 3 Strong & Stable Structures
  • Students can do experiments with different plant materials to determine whether they would make a good dye for wool. Which plants could be used to dye wool yellow (Dandelion), pink (Rhubarb), orange (onion skin), brown (Oak bark or walnuts), or red (madder root)?
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Grade 3 Growth & Changes in Plants, Soils in the Environment

Health & Physical Education

  • Plan a gym class based on games and sports played in Victorian Times. Games & Sports include Victorian baseball, hoop rolling, skipping rope, jacks, badminton, stilt walking, three-legged races, marbles and even cricket!
    Potential Curriculum Covered: Active Living, Movement Competence: Skills, Concepts, and Strategies.

The Arts

Dance:

  • Research and practice the dances that would have been part of a social such as quadrille, polka, waltz, Sir Roger de Coverley or a cottilian.

Art:

  • Have students design a patch on paper or fabric about something they learned at Black Creek Pioneer Village and tape/sew them all together to make a patchwork quilt.
  • Create Cornhusk Dolls
  • Create Fortune Tellers
  • Create a Conestoga Wagon using Shoe boxes, toilet rolls, paper and modeling clay/drawings for horses. Pair it with a Mathematics lesson to see which one can hold the most weight!

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Hands-On Suggested Activities

Hands On Post-Visit Activities

  • Make a Paper Patchwork Quilt
  • Create Clothspeg Dolls
  • Create Cornhusk Dolls
  • Create Fortune Tellers
  • Pickle/dry fruit or vegetables
  • Bake Bread
  • Create woven Placemats
  • Make Jam
  • Conduct a class sewing lesson
  • Barter for "goods" in the classroom
  • Recess Games: Skipping Rope, Cats Cradle, Hoop Rolling
  • Make Butter
  • Create a Conestoga Wagon using Shoe boxes, toilet rolls, paper and modeling clay/drawings for horses. Pair it with a Mathematics lesson to see which one can hold the most weight!

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Program Specific Pre and Post Visit Activities

Back to School

Pre-Visit Activities

old school

  • Have students brainstorm and write a list of school rules. Discuss why these rules exist and use this list to compare to the rules of 19th century schoolhouse after the visit. Check LIST OF RULES HERE »
  • Read a novel depicting early settler life in Victorian Times. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Have students draw a map of their route to school. Discuss how long it takes them and what mode of transportation they use.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Continue your Victorian School Day and plan a recess of Pioneer Games! Students can play traditional games including marbles, jacks, skipping rope, hoop rolling, jacks, I Spy etc.
  • Compare school in the 1860s to school now. Students can prepare skits or write journal entries about the similarities and differences and chose which environment they like best and why.
  • Students can compare the list of school rules in Victorian Times to the list of school rules they have now. Which rules are good? Which rules are bad? Have students create an ideal list of school rules. To extend, students could design an ideal school listing school rules, subjects that would be taught etc.
  • Suggested Cross Curricular Activities. Check ACTIVITIES HERE »

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Pioneer Life

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Read a novel depicting early settler life in Victorian Times. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Discuss "what is a pioneer?" Talk about people who are pioneers in their profession or agents of change today.
  • Have students brainstorm a list of chores they do at home or that their families do at home.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Map a Pioneer village in 3D! Have students choose different buildings seen at Black Creek Pioneer Village and build a model of the building (using materials such as popsicle sticks, straws etc.) Have students present their building to the class and place the buildings together as a village in what they think is the most appropriate locations for each building.
  • Create a step by step procedural written piece on a process of daily life in early settlers life (wool production, wheat/flour production)
  • Create a full day of Victorian School in the classroom! Create slates using whiteboards or chalk paint, play traditional games during recess, dress as Victorian children, participate in a Spelling Bee and follow the school Rules of the 1860s. Check RULES HERE »
  • Have the class make a list of chores that had to be done in 1860s Canada by children and adults. Do students think they could do all these chores if they had to today? In groups, students can act as a family and try to divide the chores to get them done in the day. Students can discuss how long each chore would take. Would every child in the family get to go to school or would some have to stay home to help with the chores? Decide which member of each group would do what and plan a schedule for the day for each "family member."

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Society & Change

Pre-Visit Activities Print Shop

  • Read a novel depicting life in the second half of the 19th century Canada. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Introduce and discuss the terms: temperance, franchise, suffrage, and "angel of the home."
  • Students can interview a parent or family member as to the technological changes and advancements that they have seen in their lifetime.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Discuss laws impacting the work place today that would not have been enacted in the 1860's and 70's.
  • Research and practice the dances that would have been part of a social such as quadrille, polka, waltz, Sir Roger de Coverley or a cotillion.
  • Have students pick a topic (i.e. Transportation, clothing, housing, religion, minorities, women & children etc.) and make a presentation on how they have or how their status has changed from the 1800s.
  • Design a newspaper page communicating the important happenings and issues in village life in Canada in the 1800s.

 

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Many Hands

Pre-Visit Activities Tin Smith

  • Read a novel depicting early settler life in Victorian Times. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Introduce vocabulary of words from around Village. Check VOCABULARY HERE »
  • Students can make a list of all the chores they do around the house and chores their parents/families do as well. Could they do these without electricity, running water or cars? Discuss: How can all these chores get done? How would you divide the chores up in the family? How would you get food if you could not go to the grocery store all the time?

Post-Visit Activities

  • Create a step-by-step procedural written piece on a process of daily life in early settler's life (wool production, wheat/flour production).
  • Invite a farmer into the classroom to talk about farming practices and farm life. Students can compare farm life now to farm life in the 1860s.
  • Cross Curricular Activity Suggestions: Check CROSS CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HERE »
  • Hands-On Activities Suggestions: Check HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES HERE »

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Yesterday's Child

Pre-Visit Activities making butter

  • Read a novel depicting early settler life in Victorian Times. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Introduce vocabulary of words from around Village. Check VOCABULARY HERE »
  • Have students create list of chores they do. Do any of these chores require electricity? How would they do them without electricity or running water?

Post-Visit Activities

  • Compare the life of a child in the 1860s to the life of a child now. Students can put on skits, present posters, write journal entries from either time period explaining daily life or more. Students can also discuss which time they would live in and why!
  • Recess Early Settler Style! Play games that Pioneer children would have played at recess time, including cat's cradle, ball-in cup, rolling hoops, skipping rope, jacks and marbles!
  • Suggested Hands-On Activities including making corn-husk dolls. Check HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES HERE »

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Sensory Adventures

Pre-Visit Activities Fall at Black Creek

  • Discuss the 5 senses with the class
  • Talk about "What is a Museum," What is History," and/or "What is the Past?" Students can draw a picture of a special memory and the class can discuss the concept of the past.
  • Look at Pictures of Pioneer Times.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Create a Chart of the 5 senses and what the class saw at Black Creek Pioneer Village.
  • Compare student's houses to those in Victorian Times. What are the differences and similarities?
  • Do a Hands-On craft or recipe, more suggested HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES HERE »

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Charlie Needs a New Cloak

Pre-Visit Activities spinning wool

  • Read the book Charlie Needs a New Cloak. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Talk about "What is a Museum," What is History," and/or "What is the Past?" Students can draw a picture of a special memory and the class can discuss the concept of the past.
  • Have students discuss what happens when they need new clothes. Do they buy them from a store? Do their parents make them? Where do the clothes in the store come from?
  • Discuss words SHEEP, SHEARS, CARDING, SPINNING, WEAVE, LOOM, CLOAK with students.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Talk about taking care of an animal. Students can draw pictures about taking care of animals. Invite a farmer into the class to discuss taking care of animals or farming and why it is important.
  • Create a comic strip on the steps to make a new cloak.
  • Do a Hands-On craft or recipe: Check HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES HERE »

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Life in a New Land

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Read a novel depicting early settler life in Victorian Times. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Discuss push and pull factors. Why do people move away from one place and why do people move to certain places? Students can record answers in a variety of ways: Diary entry as Pioneer, comic strip, short film etc.
  • Discuss with class what moving to a new country might be like today. Have students think about the social and economic implications.
    Leading Questions: Where would they live? How would they stay in touch with
    family? Where would they go to school? Would you eat the same meals? Etc.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Create an advertisement outlining reasons why a newcomer should settle in Black Creek Village
  • Have students research their own genealogy to their grandparents (or beyond!) and have a class discussion on the push/pull factors of emigrating to a new place and/or a new country. Students can interview parents and/or grandparents if they have moved to a new place and share family experiences. As a visual presentation, draw on a map to show where student's families come from. Also draw in where pioneer families came from and compare.
  • Pretending students are pioneers moving to a new land, have students build/model/draw a house or village with the things needed to survive.

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1837 Rebellion

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Discuss, "What is a Rebellion?"
  • Talk about the terms Family Compact, Moderate and Reformer.
  • Discuss some of the main personalities leading up to the 1837 Rebellion.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Write a speech that a prominent Rebellion figure might have given. Get in character! Act it out or even film it to make a media production.
  • Do a project on a Rebellion personality and present to the class.
  • Create a chart indicating similarities and differences in education pre rebellion, 1860's and the present.
  • Write a proposal to a local government official offering an alternative to clergy reserve and crown land placements and the benefits of this plan.
  • Design a newspaper communicating the important happenings of the rebellion, the important figures etc.

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Christmas Past

Pre-Visit Activities

  • Read a novel depicting early settler life of Victorian Times. Check BOOK LIST HERE »
  • Discuss Christmas traditions and even broader family traditions. Students can interview family members to find out if their Christmas traditions and other family traditions.

Post-Visit Activities

  • Victorian Christmas crafts! Create pomander using orange or apples studded with cloves and string popcorn and cranberries to make decorative chains.
  • Research carols origins and carols from around the world and put on a concert for other classes!
  • Draw a picture of traditional Christmas celebrations as experienced by the students. Locate countries on the map where these celebrations originate. Use the pictures to make a class collage or scrapbook.
  • Make home-made Christmas gifts for family members
  • Produce a Christmas card depicting scenes or concepts from Black Creek Pioneer Village.
  • Create decorations using material available to the pioneers. Even make home made glue!

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