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Teacher Resources

Museum School London Teacher Resources

If you are new to our program or are interested in finding new pre and post-activities for you class, please explore the resources below.

The London Heritage Council is always interested in hearing from teachers about their experiences with Museum School London. If you have activities, experiences, or ideas you would like to share, please email the Museum School London Coordinator, Laura Thorne (lthorne@london.ca) and she will include your feedback on this page.

Pre and Post Museum School London Activities

Pre-activity – How to Paint Outside of the Box

Suitable for grades 3-8

Pre-activity – Guide to Landscaping Painting/Drawing

  • Learn the secret techniques of master landscape artists in this guide to landscape painting and drawing.

Suitable for grades 1-8

Post-activity – Museum School London Word Clouds

  • Word clouds are a great way to examine the types of words that students associate with experiences. Learn how to use free online software to create word clouds based upon your class’s Museum School London experience.

Suitable for grades 5-8

Pre-activity - Introducing the Historical Method

  • Historians use the historical method to investigate the past. Using the website www.canadianmysteries.ca you can introduce your students to the historical method using real historical documents to solve real-life mysteries.

Suitable for grades 6-8

Pre and Post-activity - Creating a Historical Character

  • Creating a historical character can be a great way to engage with a museum or hertiage site. In the activity students create a character and imagine what their life was like.

Suitable for grades 4-8

Pre and Post-activity - Lunch: Then and Now

  • Compare your lunch today with lunches of the past. This activity is a great way to encourage students to think about how our relationship with food has changed over time.

Suitable for grades 3-8

Journal Activities

Journey Into Journaling

  • Adapted from the journaling guide from Open Minds/Campus Calgary, this document provides an excellent introduction to the world of experience journalling. Using experience journals during your Museum School London week can be an excellent way to encourage inquiry-based learning.

Guide for exploring artifacts

  • What stories do artifacts tell? How can we read these stories through observation? This guide provides a starting point to exploring artifacts.
Site Specific Resources

For an overview of potential teacher-led activities, check out our Activity Guide.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Eldon House

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

The Jet Aircraft Museum

London Regional Children's Museum

Museum London

Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Royal Canadian Regiment Museum

Curriculum Connections

Ontario Arts Curriculum

Ontario Science Curriculum

Ontario Social Studies and Geography Curriculum

Site Maps

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who should I contact if I have questions about my Museum School London week?

A. If you have any questions about your MSL week whether it's related to bookings/busing or questions about site programming, please contact Laura Thorne - Education Coordinator at the London Heritage Council.


Q. Will my Museum School London week be affected by the weather?

A. MSL weeks run rain or shine. Since most sites have indoor and outdoor programming it's often a good idea to encourage students to dress in layers and be prepared for the weather.


Q. Is it mandatory that we use journals during our Museum School London week?

A. While the London Heritage Council views journaling as a fantastic way to encourage inquiry-based learning, teachers are not required to use journaling in their class. We have had teachers provide students with video cameras to create video blogs of their experience. We have had teachers ask students to create works of art that reflect their experience. If you have an activity or exercise you'd like to share, email Laura Thorne and she will add your activity to this page.