2:30 pm

Program Description & Details

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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Our team of two educators comes to your site to deliver engaging programming for two classes of learners.  In this program, we incorporate learning about ocean animals through our educators, artifacts and live animals with learning about some impacts ocean animals face, impacts that are caused by humans.  Students will break into small groups to explore artifacts and the live inter-tidal animals from our west-coast environment, making connections between our individual actions and the health of our ocean globally.  At stations we will discuss impacts such as pollution, mal-fishing and plastic debris.  In conclusion, students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained to brainstorm solutions to real life ocean challenges.

Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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Offered In French: 
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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
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Offered In French: 
No
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are adapting to new ways of working using creativity and innovation. The in-person presentations are currently on-hold and we brainstormed ways to bring our education experience to you and your students.

As we enter the 2020-2021 academic year, we are offering two options for the presentation normally given in either the Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre or in-class.

Option 1: “Live” virtual presentations for your classroom with our community outreach coordinator
Part 1: 60 minute presentation (intro to the port and five business sectors)
Part 2: 45 minute presentation (sustainability, imports, exports and international trade)

Option 2: A pre-recorded presentation, with eight segments, hosted by our community outreach coordinator

We also have online activities and resources available such as supplemental videos, kahoot games, map activities, crossword puzzles, wordsearches and more on our website: portvancouver.com/schoolprogram

Contact us at education@portvancouver.com for more information about the program and to book.

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Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
4, 5, 6
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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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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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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
Maximum Students: 
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
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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
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
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For the Labour's trace gallery exhibition, the Richmond Art Gallery has created two free video art lessons that can be done at home or in the classroom.  Exhibition artists Amy Malbeuf and Karin Jones explore cultural and personal identity through their artwork, and the ways in which identity shapes our experiences of the world.

In the first video art lesson, students will be introduced to the history of Métis beadwork and the artwork of Métis artist Amy Malbeuf. A gallery educator then demonstrates the technique of pointillism and guides students to make an artwork inspired by beadwork traditions.

In the second video art lesson, students will be introduced to the artwork of Canadian artist Karin Jones, and hear her discuss the way she explores her African-Canadian identity through art-making. A gallery educator then demonstrates the technique of making wearable artwork through the technique of making paper beads.

A teacher guide for the Labour's trace gallery exhibition is available if you wish to expand on the lessons with classroom discussions and extension activities.

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Duration: 
30
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No
Program Description & Details

Can't visit the gallery? The School Art Program has created classroom art kits to bring the exciting world of contemporary art into the classroom or home classroom.  Each kit is a combination of online content plus individually packaged art supplies for each student.  The online content contains videos of our art educators guiding students step by step through 3-5 different art lessons which are all connected by the themes of our gallery exhibitions. Also included are virtual exhibition tours and video interviews with gallery artists and a teacher guide so students can learn about contemporary Canadian Artists and connect their work and experiences to the exhibition artworks.  For more information check out our website.

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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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Take the classroom outside and participate in nature learning activities with Wild & Immersive’s youth programs. We offer affordable and customizable outdoor education programs for schools and youth groups in British Columbia, delivering an immersive, hands-on approach to environmental based learning.

Our field trips are tailored for all age groups with our Sprouts (pre-school to grade 3), Seedlings (Grade 4-7) and Saplings (Grade 8-12) programs. Group leaders can customize their field trip by choosing from our 15 modules (1-4 modules per field trip depending on length of day). Please contact us for our information package and module descriptions.

Our field trips run out of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, or we can come to your location and do an in-class program.

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Can’t come to the museum? Book one of our award-winning Beaty Boxes; outreach kits with touchable specimens, information about UBC research scientists, and hands-on activities that explore biodiversity. Our outreach kits provide you and your students with the opportunity to connect with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s unique biological collections. All Beaty Boxes contain touchable specimens and other scientific objects to stimulate inquiry and discussion within the classroom, enhancing the student learning experience.

Schools, community centres, libraries, home-learners, and other groups are encouraged to book a box and share it with other classes in the school or institutions in their immediate area. This can be a cost-effective way to share resources in the community.

Formore information, please visit: https://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/learn/beaty-boxes/

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K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teachers Only
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No
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http://literacy.ocean.org/

Ocean Wise has combined our expert knowledge in ocean science, our ongoing research, and passion for the ocean to bring you Ocean Literacy Courses. These interactive and comprehensive online classrooms are perfect for educators and students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ocean.

These online courses are free, self-directed, and interactive for students in grade 3 to 12, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the ocean. Students can take the course at their own pace, and earn exciting badges for every accomplishment they make throughout the course.

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3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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What animals are hiding within the garden walls? Our Garden is filled with animals, both real and symbolic. Through fun and interactive activities, students will explore the Garden and learn about the cultural significance of certain animals. 

The program ends with the students making an animal-themed craft to take home.

City: 
Duration: 
60
For Grades: 
K, 1, 2, 3
Maximum Students: 
Offered In French: 
No

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