• Lafarge Grade 3

School Programs

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

Hiking Through History & Marching with the Mounties!

Duration: 90 minutes
Up to 30 students
Location:
Canmore Museum & through Town to the NWMP Barracks
Price:
$7 per student
Social Studies Curriculum: 1:2 Moving Forward With the Past

In this walk-about-town program, students will be introduced to people in their neighborhood who make Canmore a wonderful place to live, and try to imagine how their jobs might have been different 100 years ago. We’ll visit the Civic Centre and think of ways Mayor Borrowman’s job has changed in 100 years. Did firemen in Canmore always have trucks and firehoses? Do policemen work at the NWMP Barracks? Who might have visited the Canmore Hotel 100 years ago? Are miners still meeting at the Miner’s Hall? Then we’ll come back to the Museum to see the artifacts left by those who could have been our great-great-grandparents.

Our Powerful Pioneers! (in development)

Duration: 90 minutes
Up to 30 students
Location:
Canmore Museum/NWMP Barracks
Price:
TBD
Social Studies Curriculum: 2.2 A Community in the Past

Students will dress in the costume of a Canmore pioneer to tell one another stories about their experiences in our mountains and in historic Canmore. From their viewpoints as First Nations’ people, explorers, Chinese railway workers, immigrant coal miners from Europe, and NWMP officers, the students will discover that many individuals from diverse backgrounds came to our mountains long ago and started building the thriving community where we now live very different lives.

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.

Our Land, Our People, and Our Stories! (in development)

Duration 90 minutes
Up to 30 students
Location:
NWMP Barracks
Price:
TBD
Social Studies Curriculum:
4.2 The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta
Science Curriculum:
C: Building Devices and Vehicles that Move – Problem Solving Through Technology

Students will dress in the costume of a Canmore pioneer to tell one another stories about their experiences in our mountains and in our historic Town. From their viewpoints as First Nations’ people, explorers, Chinese railway workers, immigrant coal miners from Europe, and NWMP officers, the students will design and build models of the devices and vehicles that may have been used to 150 years ago as these pioneers went about their work.

Speak Up Canmore!

Duration: 90 minutes
Up to 30 students
Location:
Canmore Civic Centre Council Chambers
Price:
$7 per student
Social Studies Curriculum:
5.3 Canada: Shaping an Identity
Science Curriculum:
Topic E: Wetland Ecosystems

The people who lived in Canmore 100 years ago had to deal with difficult decisions on the issues of prohibition and mine safety, and where to build the outhouses! But they knew – as we do – that when we use the power of democratic action, and when we debate the merits of a new idea, we can solve almost anything. In this inquiry-based, cross-curricular program, students will have an opportunity to create a Rick-Mercer-Rant to debate opposing views on the issue of the Bow River Water System.

Mystery of the No. 2 Mine! (in development)

Duration:
– Part 1 in your classroom (1 week to examine the evidence and investigate the mystery. 1 week to prepare for trial.)
– Part 2 The Trial at the NWMP Barracks – ½ day
Up to 30 students
Location:
NWMP Barracks
Price:
TBD
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
At 6:27 am on June 23, 1920, Constable Dee of the Canmore RCMP reported hearing a series of explosions coming from the direction of the No.2 Mine. He quickly alerted Sam Wheatley, the Mine Safety Officer, and together they arrived at the site where they detected the odor of sweet bananas. Wheatley instructed Dee to guard the site to prevent the first shift of miners from approaching the shaft while he went to the Lamp House to check for tags and to pick up a canary cage. Hours later, when the two men were finally able to enter the mine, they discovered Frank MacPherson, Pit Boss of the No. 2 Mine, covered in rubble, barely conscious, whispering his last words.

Students will solve this fictional mystery in two parts. In class, they will spend a week of science classes examining the evidence we provide, (police reports, photographs, medical reports, fingerprint analysis, boot-print analysis, handwriting comparisons, etc.) to determine who is responsible for the death of Frank MacPherson. But can they prove their case in Court? In the following week of social studies classes, using the evidence, the trial notebooks and witness statements we supply, the students will each prepare to play their own role when they come to trial at the NWMP Barracks.

Science, Technology and Society! (in development)

Duration: TBD
Up to 30 students
Location:
TBD
Price:
TBD
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.

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