July

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With onsite school programs on hold, we are offering teachers and homeschoolers alternate ways to bring the farm to the classroom. Inspire your students with an experience of farm life from home. We are taking some of the best activities from our onsite school programs and making them available to become part of your remote learning workplans.

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A Concert in your Kitchen!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpHfV9khRzg

Round up the kids for A Concert in Your Kitchen! Your child will have a blast jamming along with other kids and members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

The VSO is delighted to share an interactive and fun virtual concert that invites your children to play along with us at home. Get ready to jam with VSO Principal Percussionist Vern Griffiths, meet Maestro Otto Tausk, several VSO musicians and their friends, and hear what other kids have to say about some exciting musical masterpieces. 

Hosted by VSO Assistant Conductor, Andrew Crust, and VSO Violinist Karen Gerbrecht. Featuring Vern Griffith's Kitchen Concerto.

Your kids will enjoy discovering new musical instruments all around them, so get ready to jam along with the VSO on instruments you can find in your own house!

Before watching the show, with help from an adult, gather the following:

  • Pots and pans
  • Two (2) pot lids
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Crackers, cereal in boxes
  • Chopsticks
  • An empty pop can or other containers with lids
  • A handful of dry rice
  • A cheese grater
  • A whisk, or spoon
  • Tape
  • A piece of paper
  • Four (4) different colour crayons

We hope you and your family will enjoy this special concert made just for the kids!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpHfV9khRzg

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Duration: 
35
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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Discover the VSO's Virtual Learning Hub
https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/virtual-learning/

We are pleased to bring you and your family an assortment of fun and engaging musical learning experiences! The VSO Virtual Learning Hub offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra as they share personal insights and musical gems. 

Whether your children miss their school band, music class, or other ensembles, or you would just like to supplement home learning with the joy of music, the Virtual Learning Hub has something for all ages and interests. 

"I've had the privilege of experiencing the VSO Virtual Learning Hub and find it to be a wonderful resource for kids of all ages learning to play an instrument.  It's clear that our fine VSO musicians have really thought about how to bring music to life in their videos. I encourage parents and teachers to share the hub with young musicians. What a great way to bring a world-class musician into your own home."

— Santa J. OnoPresident & Vice-Chancellor, UBC

How Does It Work?

At the VSO Virtual Learning website, there is a combination of free and paid content with pricing that is school-wide as well as for families/households.

The FREE content includes a VSO Virtual Field Trip, Storytime with the VSO, and a series of videos introducing students to the instruments that are often under-represented, like viola, bassoon, and oboe.

The PAID content (under VSO Virtual Connects) includes:

Music in Motion (for grades K-3) 
A favourite lesson among younger students that richly blends music and dance.

Instrumental Workshops (for grades 6-12 and adult amateurs)
Specialized in-depth instrument clinics for band and string instruments. A great way to refresh the fundamentals of playing with a professional’s edge, while setting up smart practice habits.

Listen Up! (for grades 4-8) 
Meet James and Jacob, members of the flute and viola sections, as they give an insider's view of Beethoven's 5th symphony. They will help you prepare to attend our online concert of this symphonic masterpiece! Students are invited to create artwork that will be compiled into a keepsake musical video for all participants.

Meet the Maestro! (for ages 8-adult)
Visit Maestro Otto Tausk at home in the Netherlands and learn about the life of an orchestral conductor and Beethoven’s beautiful Symphony No. 6.

Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYegTdb7O2w for a sneak peek "trailer" of what you'll find on the VSO Virtual Learning Hub. 

The musicians and staff of the VSO wish you all the best as we navigate these challenging times together. We hope you’ll join us in connecting through music.

Sincerely,

The VSO Education Team

P.S. Many of the musicians you will meet in the Virtual Learning videos teach at the VSO Schoo of Music - https://vsoschoolofmusic.ca/program-category/virtual-classroom-online-music-classes/ - which is running private and group lessons online, including wildly popular Mini Music Makers classes. 

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Join one of our guides as they take you on a tour of the PME's gallery, and share some of their favorite stories/ facts about specimens in the collection. You'll even get a rare glimpse of specimens not normally shown to the public! 

Topics discussed include:

Fossils

Minerals

Natural Disasters

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Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Explore the concept of community and interconnectedness as it applies to both humans and other lifeforms on Earth with the help of our local, temperate, Northwest Pacific marine animals and ecosystems in one of our Aquarium’s Wet Lab spaces.

Get ready to dive into our Aquarium and ocean communities while investigating topics such as community structure, habitation, adaptation, acceptance and inclusion of differences and commonalties, valuing all individuals and roles, how to help one another and responsibly share resources.

This session includes an up-close meet & greet session with live tidepool marine invertebrate animals and a personalized Q & A period with a Vancouver Aquarium educator.

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Duration: 
60
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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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One of the most successful and misunderstood fish in the sea, Sharks
have survived for over 400 million years thanks to their incredible adaptations.
They are found all over the world, and at every level of the food chain. Challenge misconceptions and discover with your students the wide diversity of sharks. Learn why they are important for the ocean, and how our choices affect the survival of sharks all around the world.

 

The Virtual Aquaclass is an opportunity for students to connect live with a Vancouver Aquarium educator without having to leave the classroom.

Standard programs are $90 per 45-minute sessions and include a Q&A time between students and our expert staff. Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

*additional costs may be required for customizations.

Explore additional topics on our webpage.

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Duration: 
45
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
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The Arctic is one of the most extreme environments on the planet and home to a diversity of arctic survivalists who are adapted for these intense conditions. Join an Ocean Wise Educator at the Vancouver Aquarium to explore some of these incredible animals and the unique characteristics they have that enable them to survive and possibly thrive in the unique Arctic conditions. As the Arctic conditions change at an increasingly rapid rate, students will explore how these animals may be affected by the changing climate and how human actions have both a positive and negative impact on life all around the planet – even in the seemingly untouchable Arctic. 

 

The Virtual Aquaclass is an opportunity for students to connect live with a Vancouver Aquarium educator without having to leave the classroom.

Standard programs are $90 per 45-minute sessions and include a Q&A time between students and our expert staff. Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

*additional costs may be required for customizations.

Explore additional topics on our webpage.

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Duration: 
45
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
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It’s a bird, it’s a plane... it’s a butterfly! Welcome to the world of butterflies to explore the life cycle of these unique creatures. How do they stay safe? What do they eat? Why are they so colourful? Join an Ocean Wise Educator to explore the mysterious world of butterflies and see how you can help these animals in need.

 

The Virtual Aquaclass is an opportunity for students to connect live with a Vancouver Aquarium educator without having to leave the classroom.

Standard programs are $90 per 45-minute sessions and include a Q&A time between students and our expert staff. Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

*additional costs may be required for customizations.

Explore additional topics on our webpage.

City: 
Duration: 
45
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Days Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
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The Virtual Aquaclass is an opportunity for students to connect live with a Vancouver Aquarium educator without having to leave the classroom.

Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Students will be introduced to the phyla Cephalopoda and the key characteristics that make this group of squids, octopuses, and cuttlefish so spectacular by joining our expert educator for a live squid dissection. Through an examination of the squid’s anatomy students will discuss how an animal’s adaptation helps them to survive in their environment.

*Dissection specimen may differ based on availablility.

Standard programs are $90 per 45-minute sessions and include a Q&A time between students and our expert staff. Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

Choose from our wide variety of programs. This program is customizable upon request* to address specific interest and needs of each group. All programs are available in English or French.

*additional costs may be required for customizations.

Explore additional topics on our Virtual Aquaclass webpage.

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Duration: 
45
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
Yes
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Inside the waiting room of the Port Moody Station Museum you can find many old and beaten up suitcases. Each suitcase is filled with the contents of a person’s life.

The suitcases were created by student’s from Burnaby North Secondary. Their task was to imagine what an immigrant would bring on their journey to Canada.

The suitcases contain, necessities like clothes and shoes, but more importantly there are items of memory - pictures, letters, diaries. Items which provide safety and comfort.

Currently we all are forced into lock down. We self isolate to bring the curve down, together we all help to overcome this pandemic.

We are undertaking a personal journey, cut off from our normal busy lives.

Books provide us with endless places for our mind to travel, books can be companions during our isolation, books allow us to travel back and forward in time.

Join the Port Moody Public Library and Port Moody Station Museum and share your book with us. What book would be your travel companion, or is your rock in theses uncertain days?

Join us on this imaginary journey and please share your book with us all.

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The program looks at various waves of immigrants. At difficulties and restrictions immingrants faced.

The Port Moody Station museum was  build in 1908 and operational till 1978. Many people would have arrived in the past via train.

In the previous century the railway played an important role bringing settlers into the country. The dominion needed people to secure its position, bring in workers of all kinds to establish industry and commerce.

The railway brought thousands of settlers to the West. Life for Indigenous peoples was altered forever. More and more of their lands were taken from them.

Students will be introduced to the poliitcs of immigration in the past and its impact on local communities.

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Duration: 
75
For Grades: 
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
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Can’t come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre? No problem! We can come to you! Two FRDC staff will bring all the materials necessary to run some of our most popular River School Programs right in your own classroom!

All materials will be fully sanitized between use, and the staff will wear masks. If there are additional safety protocols we need to follow, please contact us. Please note, small group work is part of each program, with frequent sanitation of touched objects.

Cost: $7 per student, plus $0.59 per kilometer between FRDC and your school.

When: Wednesdays

Programs:

  • Our Bones are Made of Salmon (Grades 4-7)
    • Indigenous people have relied on salmon since the fish became abundant in the Fraser River about 5000-6000 years ago. This program explores the connection between Indigenous people and salmon on the Fraser River. Students get hands-on experience with fishing technology, learn about wind-drying salmon, and discover that salmon is in the hearts of Indigenous people living along the Fraser River today.
  • Taking the Pulse (Grades 6-9)
    • Follow each step of the scientific method to conduct a water quality investigation. Students observe and become curious about the Fraser River, do background research, construct hypotheses, test their hypotheses by doing experiments, analyze their data, draw a conclusion, and report their results.
  • Living Dinosaurs (Grades K-7)
    • Sturgeon are amazing fish that have been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Human influences over the past 150 years have threatened their existence. In this program, students will learn about the sturgeon lifecycle, survival needs, and what we can do to protect this remarkable species.
  • Trading Trail (Grades 2-5)
    • The Fraser River is one of the world’s great rivers not only in its contribution to the environmental, cultural, and historical wealth of British Columbia, but because of its current pivotal role in the economy of BC. We are going to explore how people have used and shared the resources of the Fraser River, focusing on the tumultuous time when First Nations and Fur traders shared the river.

For more information, visit our website or email us. 

Online booking form here

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For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
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A Chinese Garden is so much more than a collection of rocks and plants. Enjoy a Grade-appropriate, interactive tour of the Garden and learn about Ming Dynasty family life, philosophy and arts. This tour lends itself to a variety of curriculum outcomes and our knowledgeable facilitators can adapt the tour to your learning objectives, student age or English language level.

A 30 minute Garden Tour is also available as an add-on to other programs. Contact us for more information. 

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Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
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Learn about the objects, stories and lives of Chinese immigrants and those they interacted with in early Vancouver.

This program is a perfect resource for classroom studies on Chinese immigration to Canada. Students will discuss the issues surrounding early Chinese immigration, watch a short video, look through our immigration suitcases and use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions and create a short presentation. 

Add a Chinatown Walking Tour or Garden Tour to this program to futher enrich your learning objectives. Contact us or visit our website for more information. 

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
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Find out what life was like in this historic neighbourhood in the past and enjoy the traditional markets, family associations and fascinating places that still exist today. This is a unique opportunity to study Vancouver's Chinatown in place.

This is a popular, highly customizeable program and our expert facilitators are happy to work with you to acheive your learning objectives. Teachers have used this tour for supplementary learning in a range of subjects from Social Studies and English Language Arts to Urban Planning, Tourism and Asian Studies. A shorter version of this tour is available for younger students.

A popular addition to this program is our Crossing Borders program that discusses early Chinese immigration. Contact us or visit our website for more information. 

City: 
Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No

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