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Shelter and Survival: Meeting Needs and Wants in Early Saskatchewan

Program Information

Students will learn about the basic needs of shelter, water, and food and about how, long ago, First Nations, Métis, and newcomers to Saskatchewan met those needs. Similarities and differences will be demonstrated through hands-on interaction with artifacts and reproductions in an in-museum Discovery Box program. Students will learn how technology has affected how we have met some of our needs over time. As part of the in-classroom lesson plans, students will construct models of various types of shelters.

Grades and Curriculum Connections

Grade 1: Social Studies IN1.3; RW1.2

Historical Thinking Concept: Continuity and Change

Themes: Daily Life, Needs and Wants, First Nations

*All curriculum links are to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Curriculum Online

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In-Museum Discovery Box Program

Long johns, tipis, and dried fruit help to tell the story of Shelter and Survival in Sask in this WDM programThis teacher-led Discovery Box explores the challenges that early Saskatchewan people faced trying to meet their basic needs - food, shelter, warmth, and water.

Cost: In-museum Discovery Box programs are
$3.00 / student. Pre-booking is required.

Location: This program is available at all WDM locations.

Dates: Please contact the WDM near you.


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In-Classroom Lesson Plans and Resources 

Three complete in-classroom lesson plans (with material lists, Saskatchewan 'Fast Facts', and additional resources) available FREE in school libraries as part of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers resources book and online.

Download Lesson Plans in English.

Get Adobe ReaderLesson Plans are PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.

Note: Hard copies of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers are available for $32.95 at any WDM location.

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Research Documents and Resources

Get Adobe ReaderResearch Documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.

Settlement by Janet Mackenzie (WDM)