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THEATRE AND VISUAL ARTS FOR GRADES 1-7

This innovative program explores the theme of voyages through theatre and visual arts. An immersive day of arts activities helps students in grades 1-7 develop critical thinking skills, explore creative expression, and better understand the world they live in. 

During this one-day virtual field trip, students are given the supplies to craft an artistic interpretation or response during a number of thematically linked arts classes. For the 2020-21 school year, Arts Umbrella offers this program as a virtual field trip through Microsoft Teams. In order to participate, classrooms must have: Internet, Microsoft Teams, laptop with a webcam, projector and projector screen, and external speakers. Supplies are provided for by Arts Umbrella and will dropped off to school offices. Please note that we are only able to provide this online experience to elementary schools in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and New Westminster.

To apply for programming, please email Kelsey Lee, Coordinator, Vancouver Commuity Programs at klee@artsumbrella.com and include "Shaw Creative Journeys Program" in the subject line. Schools in areas demonstrating high economic, social, and cultural vulnerability will be prioritized, as well as on fair rotation. Successful applicants will be notified in 2-5 business days.

Duration: 
Full Day
For Grades: 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Students are invited on a virtual curator-led tour through the current exhibit, followed by a hands-on art workshop online. Participants are challenged through cultivated learning, close observation and thoughtful discussions about the art featured in the gallery exhibit. Key concepts and new artistic modes of creation come to life! Suitable for Grades K-12.

Please check our website to see what our current exhibition is : https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Arts-and-Heritage/Burnaby-Art-Galler...?

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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No
Program Description & Details

Fridays | October 2020 - June 25, 2021

Join us to uncover the complexity of the coastline. Students are immersed into the ideas of interconnection, ecosystems, water cycles, and shoreline wildlife, inspired by Coastal indigenous works. Using drawing, watercolour, pastel and collage students develop individual  mixed-media works that contribute to an ecosystem project.

Curriculum Tie-ins: Art Education, Earth Science, Indigenous Studies

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6, 7
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No
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Mt Seymour's Outdoor Education Dept. is delighted to announce that this year we are making it easier than ever to get your class outdoors!  For the first time we will be offering mobile Outdoor Education Programming, and our experienced Guide Team will come to your location (school or nearby park).

Intro to Outdoor Recreation

Learn what it takes to recreate outdoors in a safe and conscientious way. We will cover: Trip Planning; The Essentials; Leave No Trace; Bear Aware; Hug A Tree.

Nature Games

Participants learn about the life of some of our local animals through games and fun activities.

Seymour Survival Skills Workshop

Learn the basics of staying safe outdoors. Children will play their way to learning about how to be prepared, how to avoid getting lost, and what to do if lost.

Duration: 
Half Day
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Program Description & Details

We are pleased to announce that our popular and fun Chinese New Year programs are taking place this year! 

Our Garden is currently closed to the public but we will be open for school groups in 2021. With Covid safety protocols in mind, spots will be limited this year with adequate time in between groups for sanitization.

CNY group bookings will be available from February 1st to February 26th 2021.

Visit our website for more details!

https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/schools/chinese-new-year/

Not able to visit us in-person? Check these other options out:

Join us in your classroom! 
Lesson Kits will be available to buy from mid-January. These kits will include:

  • exclusive online access to teaching plans, photocopiable material and more so you can recreate our program in your own school.
  • materials for each student to make a Chinese New Year craft

For a small extra fee, teachers can also opt to borrow a Chinese New Year Props kit, with all the decorations and props needed to illustrate the traditions, tell the stories and create a Lion Dance parade. 

Join us online! 
Find free Chinese New Year learning activities on our website from mid-January.

We look forward to celebrating New Year with you - whether online or in person!

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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
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/ 

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Duration: 
40
For Grades: 
2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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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; 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/ 

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Duration: 
75
For Grades: 
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Looking for a live experience, but current policy has you staying close to home?  We’re taking our Owls and First Nations Hiwus program on the road to your school!   While we would much rather have your students visit an authentic Feasthouse and enjoy the wide open spaces of Grouse Mountain, we realize that’s not always possible.  We are now taking bookings for our Outreach program that will include experienced Educators, owl ambassadors, and First Nations presenters.  Our staff will teach your students about owls and open a discussion about habitat and conservation. In turn, our elder will drum, sing and speak to your students about the rich, Squamish culture and the importance of community.

Duration: 
Half Day
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Times Offered: 
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
Yes
Program Description & Details

By putting our two most popular programs online in a live, interactive session, Bears of North America and Owls of Grouse Mountain, we’ve made it easy for you to enjoy the field trips you’ve come to know, and the wildlife ambassador owls that your students love, all from the comfort of your school.  And best of all, as the teacher, you get to take a moment and let us drive - our engaging Educators offer fun, interactive learning, brought right to your students.  No bussing to coordinate, no permission forms to collect, no chaperones to organize.  We’ll have live chat to answer questions in real time, worksheets, videos, and webcams.  While we can’t bring you to the mountain, we want to bring the mountain to you!  The first 50 teachers to book an online program will receive a $150 credit towards their next onsite field trip.

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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
Program Description & Details

Written to support distance learning but also useful for physically distanced teaching, a Tech-Up Learning Kit contains resources for both synchronous and/or asynchronous lessons. The teacher guide walks you through leading student activities over a series of sessions of approximately 30-45 minutes. Student activities are handouts for students to work through on their own as assigned, according to your own timeline and discretion.

In these activities, learners in Grades 4-6 will explore how binary code can be used to represent images while exploring reflections and transformations. They will be invited to share their binary code with their peers and work from each other’s codes. They will start with binary code for simple two-toned images and then work their way into coding four-toned images with possible extensions into how all colours are coded in binary for computers to use.

This kit contains resources for both synchronous and asynchronous lessons.

Tech-Up Learning Specialists are available to support you with these kits.

Find out more and request Coding Math Learning Kit

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6
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Offered In French: 
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Program Description & Details

New for 2020-2021 we are offering programs for homeschool classes and small bubbles who would like to enhance their school curriculum. Through exploring the exhibits, activities and site features, you can discover our relationship with Earth Materials. This can help teach the following Big Idea in the Grade 5 Curriculum in BC. 

Earth materials change as they move through the rock cycle and can be used as natural resources. 

Your visit to the museum will help answer questions such as;

  • What are Earth Materials
  • How do we interact with Earth Materials
  • How can we change our relationship with Earth Materials to be better stewards of the environment

Included in your admission to the museum are the following

  • Guided tour of the underground
  • BOOM!
  • Self-exploration of the site and exhibits
  • A support package
  • Gold Panning
  • Choice of one 30 minute session from the following;

Earthly Explorers

Have you ever seen a dinosaur footprint fossil? How do such fossils form and what can they tell us? Join us for Earthly Explorers as we uncover teh story of our dinosaur footprint and how the stories of rocks reveal the geological timeline of our planet. This session also includes free time to uncover the secrets of a variety of rocks and minerals selected to help understand earth materials and the rock cycle. 

Chemical Solutions in the Real World

The Britannia Mine Museum had a serious environmental problem called Acid Rock Drainage that chemically speaking, was a solution of sulphur and several metals. Get an introduction to what is a chemical solution through a look at Britannia's former problem and how it was resolved. This session will include hands-on testing of water samples. 

Regular admission rates apply but don't forget you get a wonderful support package and a 30 minute additional session with one of our educators for the price!

Admission rates can be found here https://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/pages/rates

 

 

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

While we are not currently offering on-site school programs, school groups are welcome to visit the museum for a self-guided experience. There is a lot to discover! Worksheets to support and enhance your self-directed exploration can be emailed to teachers on request. 

Self-guided museum visits must be booked at least 10 days in advance to receive the discounted rate.

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

Gain a new perspective as you see the war through the eyes of Canadians who lived through internment, occupation and battle. Learn about the changing nature of warfare and the development of new technologies as you discover Canada’s naval contributions to World War II and the importance of the St. Roch to Canadian sovereignty and the war effort.

*Available starting January 2021

Big Ideas

Social Studies

  • 10 - Global and regional conflicts have been a powerful force in shaping our contemporary world and identities.
  • 11 - The rapid development and proliferation of communication and transportation technologies in the 20th century led to profound changes in personal and national identities.
  • 12 - The rapid development and proliferation of technology in the 20th century led to profound social, economic, and political changes.
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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
10, 11, 12
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Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Ever wonder what it would be like to navigate the open ocean with GPS? Learn how sailors in the past found their way using mathematics, science, and basic observations. This program is also available as an education kit!

*Available starting January 2021

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
8, 9
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Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Do you have what it takes to become a successful Arctic explorer? Hear fascinating stories of  seafarers who succeeded (and those who failed). Learn how the traditional knowledge and lifestyle of the Inuit could improve your chance of survival in the unique and challenging Arctic environment. Then virtually climb aboard the famous RCMP vessel St. Roch to discuss the experiences of Captain Henry Larsen and his crew.

*Available starting January 2021

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Duration: 
90
For Grades: 
4, 5
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Offered In French: 
No

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