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Program Description & Details

Learn how to set up a simple and fun biological survey of your local area. Great for homelearners and people of all ages!

You may know your human neighbours, but do you know which birds live in your local area? Which bugs? Do you know the names of the plants growing on the sidewalk? Do you want to? If you do, then this is the program for you!

First, you’ll join an FRDC educator on Zoom for 1 hour to learn how to set up and conduct a biological survey of your neighbourhood. A survey creates a list of all the species that live in an area. Second, you’ll go out on your own to conduct the survey. Third, you’ll share your findings with the other workshop participants through a invite-only video message board.

A survey can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, so all ages and levels of experience are welcome. You don’t need any prior knowledge; this workshop will give you all the tools you need to conduct a successful survey!

To participate in this program, you will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • Mobile devices or tablets, to run the Seek app. A data connection for the device is recommended, but not required. Participants can work independently or in groups.
  • The ability to see and hear a video conference with the FRDC educator, on a device separate from the one running Seek.

Curricular connections:

This program fully supports curricular competencies in the science curriculum as students go through the entire scientific process: questioning and predicting, planning and conducting,  processing and analyzing data and information, all the way to communicating. A super scaleable activity, it also has applications at every grade level.

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here.

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Days Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Hosted through video conference software, an FRDC educator will lead your students through a fully interactive program, engaging them with the material by utilizing the latest tools in online and remote education. 

Learn about all sturgeon from both an Indigenous and Western Science Perspective.

Did you know there’s a 6-meter-long, 100-year-old fish living in the Fraser River? Learn all about the endangered white sturgeon through interactive activities, with both Indigenous and Western science perspectives. Students will listen to a First Nation’s story about sturgeon, construct theories from available research, and communicate their learning through art.

To participate in this program, you will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • The ability to join the video conference with the FRDC educator.

Curricular connections:

This program incorporates the First Peoples Principles of Learning, specifically that learning is relational; recognizes the role of indigenous knowledge; is embedded in story; and requires recognizing the consequences of one’s actions. This program supports science competencies through analyzing data and constructing theories, and applying First people’s perspectives. This program supports the ELA Big Idea that stories help us make connections with others and the world. And this program supports the Arts Education competency of expressing feelings, ideas, stories, observations, and experiences through the arts.

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here.

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Engage in a virtual experience of our galleries from the comforts of your classrooms! An educator leads you through our 360° virtual galleries via screen sharing, pausing along the way with inquiry-based questions to stimulate creative thinking and critical discussions.

Virtual Galleries available:

Vancouver History Galleries

ćəsnaʔəm: the city before the city

 A Seat at the Table

That Which Sustains Us

Haida Now

City: 
Duration: 
30
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

In this activity, inspired by the traditional windows and views of a Chinese garden, students will think about a view they would like to frame and create it within the octagonal shape of a leak window frame.

This activity can be adapted easily to the age of the students and the time available in class.

Options: 

  • Teaching notes about the concepts of a Chinese Garden and leak windows, plus photocopiable materials for the activity (PDF) $20
  • Craft materials kit (for one class): cardstock frames, bamboo-design paper straws and paper plates to create a 3-D effect frame. $40 
  • All of the aove plus virtual visit from one of our knowledgeable facilitators to talk to your class about the Garden and the themes of this activity (approx 20 mins) $50

Contact us through this form for more information and to order!

https://forms.gle/9vFP7vbEgzJaomg9A

City: 
Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

This year the Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 14th. Why not explore it with our Dragon Tales lesson kit! This is based on our popular Dragon Tales program that highlights some of this ancient festival’s stories, traditional customs and food, such as zhongzi/joong dumplings.

Lesson Kit:
Includes PDF lesson plan, powerpoint, props kit and Dragon Charm craft materials. Pick up or delivery options available.
$35 + the cost of the craft + tax.
Craft: $2 EACH 19 pieces or fewer / $1.50 EACH 20+ (plus tax)

Craft Only kit:
Include all the pieces to make a Dragon Charm craft (see photo)
$2 EACH 19 pieces or fewer / $1.50 EACH 20+ (plus tax) 

Visit our website for more details! https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/schools/dragon-boating/

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Come and join us celebrate the arts with your class! We offer a selection of virtual shows for your preK- Grade 8 students: dance, music, puppetry, story tellings from around the world. 2021 will be the 44th edition of the Festival. We will be virtual this year and give you lots of option to watch the show(s) from the comfort of your classroom for an extended period of time. To simplify your booking this year, we are selling Class Pass(es) at an affordable rate of $60 per class/per show and will allow unlimited streaming from the time the performance is first shown during the week of the Festival (May 31- June 6, 2021) until June 13, 2021. Your class will access a series of six workshops at no additional cost! Come and have fun with us!

City: 
Duration: 
50
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Months Available: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

Hosted through video conference software, an FRDC educator will lead your students through a fully interactive program, engaging them with the material by utilizing the latest tools in online and remote education. Be sure to check back soon for more details!

Join us as we journey down the river of stories from the headwaters to the mouth of the Fraser. Travelling along an interactive map, students will learn all about the Fraser River Basin through stories from the near and distant past. The program ends with a reflection on our place in this landscape, as students add their own story to the map. 

To participate in these programs, you will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • A device for each student (laptop, tablet, or chromebook, etc) with a stable internet connection. They will use this throughout the program for the interactive activities.
  • The ability to join the video conference with the FRDC educator. This can be done one of two ways: the teacher can join the video conference and project it with sound for the whole class to view; or each student can join on their device with headphones.
City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Days Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

FRDC is continuing to support schools during this pandemic with our newest offer: online school programs! Hosted through video conference software, an FRDC educator will lead your students through a fully interactive program, engaging them with the material by utilizing the latest tools in online and remote education.

Let’s Design a Cleaner City is an online program that empowers students to solve real world problems. In this program, students expand their knowledge of urban challenges by learning about major sources of urban and industrial pollution. Students will then use the design thinking process to imagine and create a cleaner city.

To participate in these programs, you will need:

  • A stable internet connection.
  • A device for each student (laptop, tablet, or chromebook, etc) with a stable internet connection. They will use this throughout the program for the interactive activities.
  • The ability to join the video conference with the FRDC educator. This can be done one of two ways: the teacher can join the video conference and project it with sound for the whole class to view; or each student can join on their device with headphones.
City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
3, 4, 5, 6
Days Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Book a digital "visit" to the Nikkei National Museum for your class! Learn about Japanese Canadian history and culture through virtual exhibit tours and stories from our elders. A Nikkei National Museum facilitator will guide you via your video call platform of choice. Programs run 30 or 60 minutes and can run on multiple days. Reserve your digital program here: https://centre.nikkeiplace.org/digital-taiken-reservation/

City: 
Duration: 
See notes.
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Days Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Historic Stewart Farm is offering live, virtual school programs. Without leaving your classroom,  an experienced costumed guide will lead your class on a virtual Matterport tour around the Farmhouse, recently updated Pole Barn, and historic outbuildings while providing curriculum current interpretation. Explore the history of local community, immigration, family roles, and how newcomers shaped the environment around them. These programs work for both in-class, and blended groups - if some students or your whole class log-in from home.

Three programs are being offered for varying grade ranges:

Stories Shoots and Sprouts - Kindergarten - Grade 1

Dig, plant, discover! Learn about growing heritage vegetables and fruit through historical indoor and outdoor seasonal activities. Students get active as they explore the site, including the root cellar, garden, orchard, pole barn and farmhouse kitchen. A package will be provided for students to plant a Historic Stewart Farm heirloom seed in their classroom. 

Farm Kids - Grade 1 - Grade 2

Students travel back in time to the 1890s to live just like Surrey’s settler children did. They’ll learn how students in the past helped with family life, important chores around the site, and balanced all of this to get to school on time. Butter making supplies will be provided for classes.

Immigrant Perspectives - Grade 5 - Grade 6

Immigrants in turn-of-the-century Canada certainly faced some challenges. Students experience the cultural traditions of Scottish and Chinese settlers on the farm, and learn how culture, economy and technology influenced rural life in Surrey and across the country. A primary resouce package is provided about local history, immigration, and those who settled at the Historic Stewart Farm.

These 90-minute programs costs $94.80 and will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis between February and June 2021. 

To reserve your program spot please contact the Historic Stewart Farm at 604-591-4627 or email StewartFarm@surrey.ca. Please leave a message with the preferred date, program, number of students, and grade level.

Please Note: We will be using the Microsoft Teams platform to deliver this program. To ensure a smooth program we require a technical ‘check-in’ prior to your scheduled program - we will discuss this with you upon booking. A projector, screen, and a laptop with speakers and microphone are required.

City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 5, 6
Months Available: 
Days Offered: 
Times Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

The School Art Program has created family art kits for students learning at home.  Each kit includes access to a series of online video art lessons, a pdf package of student handouts and lesson plans, and specialty art materials mailed to your home to complete the lessons.  Our first kit is now available, and we will be adding more throughout the year, so check our website often!  Further information and our online order form can be accessed on our current workshops page.

Duration: 
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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Be an archaeologist for a day! Discover the rich, 9,000-year history of the First Nations people who lived along the lower Fraser River by learning about their lifeways, tools and technologies. These 50-minute virtual programs were designed in collaboration with archaeologists from the Laboratory of Archaeology at UBC.

You can select between two digital program options:

  • Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River: Hunting + Fishing
  • Archaeology of the Lower Fraser River: Woodworking + Home Life

During the program students will discover the rich 9,000-year history of First Nation communities along the Lower Fraser River. With the help of volunteer facilitators during the live digital component, students will learn about the lifeways, tools and technology used by First Nations people in the past.  Students will be encouraged to think about how cultural belongings were made and used long ago. By understanding the deep knowledge First Nations required to create tools and belongings, students will enhance their respect for First Nations Cultures today.

The live digital session is part of an overall unit plan, with prerequisite lessons that show the techniques used by archaeologists to find and identify the belongings.

Once you book this school program, you will receive the complete unit plan by email, along with confirmation of date and time of the live digital component.

https://moa.ubc.ca/school-programs/types/archaeology-of-the-lower-fraser-river-live-digital/

City: 
Duration: 
50
For Grades: 
4, 7
Days Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Enjoy an immersive experience of our galleries from the convenience of your device!  Students engage in a live-stream tour with an educator, walking through the heart of our galleries with opportunities for a richer experience. The following tours will be available: Vancouver History Galleriescesna?em: the city before the cityThat Which Sustains Us (starting November 2021), and A Seat at the Table. Suitable for all grade levels.

City: 
Duration: 
30
For Grades: 
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

Join OWL in this unique virtual experience to learn about owl pellets and how they are formed. You will learn about the digestive process of owls and other raptors and where they are on in the food chain. Our Eucator will then demonstrate for your class how to dissect an owl pellet to get your class started. You also get the chance to meet one of our Owl Ambassadors up close on camera and ask questions with our Educator! Each program will be focused to each grade level that is participating.

For more information or to book, please visit: https://www.owlrehab.org/education/virtual/

To order pellets, please visit: https://www.owlrehab.org/owl-pellets/ 

City: 
Duration: 
40
For Grades: 
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

THEATRE ARTS FOR GRADES 1–7

Since 1988, the Stage Coach program has provided free theatre arts workshops to Metro Vancouver elementary schools.

Arts Umbrella teaching artists bring creativity-inspiring activities into local elementary schools over the course of three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) and deliver two workshops per day to participating classes. Workshops run for a maximum of 75 minutes and are offered at 9:00am and 10:45am each day. This program can take up to 6 classes at each elementary school (1 per workshop); each class explores a curriculum-relevant topic through Theatre Arts – experiencing the arts through theatre games, performing, and more. School children have the chance to embrace diversity, explore artistic expression, and nurture community spirit – all while having fun!

A generation of children have experienced these incredible workshops – directly benefiting from free, high-quality arts programming in their schools. 

To apply for the BMO Stage Coach program, please email Kelsey Lee, Coordinator, Vancouver Community Programs at klee@artsumbrella.com, and include "BMO Stage Coach" in the subject line. Schools in areas demonstrating high economic, social, and cultural vulnerability will be prioritized. Successful applicants will be notified in 2-5 business days.

For more information about Arts Umbrella and what we do, please visit our website: https://www.artsumbrella.com/ 

City: 
Duration: 
75
For Grades: 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Months Available: 
Days Offered: 
Times Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No

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