School Programs

To book or ask questions about a program, please contact Sami Wackerle at programs@cmags.org or 403-678-2462.

Grade 1: Five Stories of Canmore

Duration: 90 minutes
Up to 30 students
Location: Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre
Price: $5 per student
Social Studies Curriculum: 1:2 Moving Forward With the Past

In this introduction to Canmore's history, students are introduced to five communities who have lived in Canmore through museum artifacts, photos, and exhibits. We'll explore the lives of the ancient creatures, First Nations, Canadian Pacific Railway workers, coal miners, and athletes who have lived in our community and imagine what their lives once looked like.


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Grade 2: Hiking Through History

Duration: 120 minutes
Up to 30 students
Location: Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, Downtown Canmore, North-West Mounted Police Barracks
Price: $5 per student
Social Studies Curriculum: 2.2 A Community in the Past

In this program, students dress as the characters of people who used to live in Canmore and are introduced to the historical buildings in their neighbourhood. Through interactive role-playing activities at each station, we explore the lives and the communities that have formed in Canmore.


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Grade 3: Minerals Rock!

Duration: Part 1 at the Canmore Museum - 120 minutes
Part 2 in your classroom 60 minutes
Part 3 at the Lafarge Plant in Exshaw - ½ day
Up to 30 students
Price: All expenses for this three-part program including transportation to the Exshaw Plant are covered by a generous donation from Lafarge!
Science Curriculum:Topic A: Rocks and Minerals – Science Inquiry

This three-part program begins at the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre where students are introduced to the world of rocks and minerals through a variety of interactive activities. Part 2 is in your classroom where the Program Manager will help your students learn more about the cement-making process. In Part 3 your students will board the bus to the Lafarge Plant to see firsthand how a modern production facility works and to find out how cement is used throughout the world.

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Grade 4: Our Land, Our People, Our Stories

Duration: 120 minutes for each part (3 parts total)
Up to 30 students

Location:
Canmore Museum &amp Geoscience Centre
Price:
FREE for the 2017/2018 Development Year, thanks to the generous support of the Calgary Foundation
Social Studies Curriculum:
4.2 The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta

In this three-part program we explore the role that people and natural resources have played in shaping communities in the Bow Valley. Part 1 begins in the Museum where we create museum exhibits using artifacts from past Bow Valley communities and learn how museums interpret the stories passed along by our ancestors. In Part 2, students create their own mining communities along with museums to reflect them. In Part 3, we look toward the future as students reclaim their coal mines and share the stories we should remember about the community they have helped to build.

Developed with support from the Calgary Foundation

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Grade 5: In Development

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Grade 6: Mystery at the No. 2 Mine

Duration: Part 1 – 120 minutes, in the Canmore Civic Centre.
Part 2 – Up to two weeks, in your classroom
Part 3 – 120 minutes, at the NWMP Barracks.
Up to 30 students
Price:
FREE for the 2017/2018 Development Year, thanks to the generous support of the Calgary Foundation
Science Curriculum: Topic D: Evidence and Investigation – Science Inquiry Social Studies Curriculum: 6.1 Citizens Participating in Decision Making – the rights and responsibilities of citizens as practiced in the Canadian justice system

This three-part program introduces students to life in Canmore nearly 100 years ago – a time when coal mining was hazardous and very hard work. In Part 1, students will role-play characters from the 1920s and participate in community decision making as they create new laws for ‘Townside’. In Part 2, students learn about a terrible explosion that has occurred at the No. 2 Mine that has resulted in a fatality. They are asked to examine all the evidence the police collected at the site to determine whether foul play was a factor in this tragic occurrence. Once they determine the identity of the person who should be charged with a crime, they will prepare to prove their case in Court using the Trial Book we will provide. In Part 3, every student will play a role in Court. The lawyers and judge will gown in barristers’ robes, the Court staff will robe, the witnesses will costume as the characters involved in the case, and their jury will decide the fate of the accused at their trial which will take place at the historic NWMP Barracks.

Developed with support from the Calgary Foundation

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Grade 7: Science, Technology and Society! (in development)

Science Curriculum: Unit A: Interactions and Ecosystems
Social Studies Curriculum: 7.S.1 Develop skills of critical thinking and creative thinking

How can industry and society get what they need from the Earth while maintaining environmental integrity? This program will address the delicate relationship between industry and environmental stewardship.