Summerland Museum & Archives Society

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Educational Programming - Guided Museum Tours


All units include information for: 
A.  Pre Museum Visit:  Classroom Inquiry and Resources 
B.  Museum Visit:  Outline and accompanying activity sheet. 
C.  Extension Activities:  Suggestions for follow-up activities in the classroom 
D.  Curriculum Connections (Social Studies)


KINDERGARTEN
Self, Family, School: About Our Community and Our Museum
A short tour through the Museum to discover what a museum is all about and why we keep the objects from the past. Students are requested to watch for artifacts (objects), photographs and other things that show natural and human-built characteristics of Summerland in the past. 45-minute visit.

GRADE ONE
Self, Family, School: Family Life in Summerland, Then and Now
Students learn about the families who settled here in the early years and how families can be different today. Chores from the early years are compared to the responsibilities of today’s family members. Includes Power Point presentation and activity sheet. One hour visit.

GRADE TWO
Self, Family, School: Summerland in the Past 
Visit a tent house and discover how the pioneers worked and played together as a family.  Peek in a parlour and kitchen from the 1920's to see how families lived compared to nowadays.  Includes a power point presentation showing early life in Summerland.  Activity sheet available.  One hour visit 

GRADE THREE 
Communities – Past & Present: A Community Grows
Why did people come to the Okanagan Valley? Where did they come from and who were they? Search for answers using the artifacts and storyboard photographs in the Museum to discover how communities started in the past. This Museum visit will engage students in an enquiry about the development of Summerland in the early years. Following the Museum visit, students may complete a variety of related enrichment activities in the classroom. Power point presentation to reinforce findings. One hour visit. 

GRADE FOUR
Aboriginal Cultures, Exploration and Contact: Aboriginal Studies
Before the explorers and other Europeans came to North America, the Aboriginal people were the only residents. Where did they come from? How did they survive? How did the arrival of the Europeans affect them? One hour visit.

GRADE FIVE
Canada - From Colony to Country: A New Home in Canada
What was it like to travel to a new country not knowing what was in store? Discover what life was like for immigrants in British Columbia in the early years. Compare it to problems immigrants might face today. One hour visit.



ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SUGGESTIONS FOR ALL GRADES

Early Transportation in the Okanagan
Students take a guided tour of the Museum, listening and looking for clues about early transportation methods in the Okanagan. A discussion on their findings is followed by a presentation on the history of the Kettle Valley Railway, its impact on Summerland and eventual demise. Includes a visit to the model railway on the second floor. Activity sheet. One hour visit.

Making a Case at the Summerland Museum
Learn more about life during the early years of Summerland. Why do people save and collect objects from the past and how can we learn from them? Students consider natural resources, tools & technology and communications that supply information about the past and create a time capsule to show children 100 years from now, what life was like at this time in Summerland. Activity sheet. Classroom follow-up project. One hour visit. (Formerly the Centennial Project of 2006)

Downtown Walking Tours
Put on those runners and come along on a journey of discovery. We’ll see the historical sites and talk about the memorable stories as we walk through time in Summerland. Up to an hour per tour. Topics on walks include; street naming, pioneer families, historically significant buildings. 

Tour routes start and end at the Museum.




  • Teacher packages with pre-visit and post-visit activities can be downloaded using the following links to view the packages online: