School Programs

Join us for a Speaker Series co-hosted by the Museum & Archives of Vernon and the Okanagan Historical Society.

Kindergarten to Grade 1

Curricular Competencies

  • Make exploratory observations using their senses.
  • Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world.


  • Adaptations of local plants and animals
  • Names of local plants and animals
  • Structural features of living things in the local environment


Guiding Question: What features or traits do local animals have to survive?

Explore the local animals through the artifacts in the animal features kit: Black Bear, Eagle, Moose, Mountain Lion, etc.

They can then explore the natural history section guided by a scavenger hunt or graphic organizer.


Grade 2-3

Curricular competencies

  • Sort and classify data and information using drawings, pictographs and provided tables.
  • Observe objects and events in familiar contexts.


  • Metamorphic and non-metamorphic life cycles of different organisms
  • Similarities and differences between offspring and parent


As a whole group watch Video on a Butterfly Life cycle:

Split class into 2 groups for activities 30 minutes each:

Group 1 – Butterfly Life cycle

  • Kids will colour their activity sheet and paste the life cycle of a butterfly in the right order from; egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly.

Group 2 – Life cycle scavenger hunt

  • Kids will hunt through the natural history section for different life cycle artifacts.


Grade 4

Curricular Competencies

  • Construct narratives that capture the attitudes, values, and worldviews commonly held by people at the different times or places.
  • Differentiate between intended and unintended consequences of events, decisions, or developments, and speculate about alternative outcomes.


  • Early contact, trade, co-operation and conflict between First Peoples and European Peoples
  • The fur trade in pre-confederation Canada and British Columbia


Video to explain fur trade and made beaver system

Items to explore: Beaver pelt, beaver hat/clothing, sugar (old packaging), buttons, knives, combs, kettle, beads, archives record of traded items.

Game: Divide the class into 2 groups – those with beaver pelts to trade and those with European trade items (laminated cards of items)

  • Students with the beaver pelt cards will be trying to get the most amount of goods for their pelts.
  • Students with trade item cards will be trying to give the least amount of goods for the pelts.

Once students have agreed upon a trade agreement, they will record their trade agreement and they can check against the trade record to see if their trade agreement resembles that of the 1800s.

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