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Schools Then and Now

Program Information

Through comparisons, students will explore how school life has changed from the early 1900s to present day for teachers and students. The in-museum Discovery Box program features touchable artifacts to facilitate experiential learning. Through the in-classroom lesson plans, students will learn about proper letter format and write letters to students of the future and place it in a time capsule.

Grades and Curriculum Connections

Grade 2: Social Studies IN2.1; IN2.2;  DR2.1  and ELA CC2.1

Historical Thinking Concept: Continuity and Change

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

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In-Museum Discovery Box Program

A Union Jack, a hand held bell, a slate, and a syrup pail help tell the story of Schools Then and Now in this WDM programThis teacher-led Discovery Box will explore the similarities and differences between schools of Saskatchewan’s past and those of the present.

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.


Book Your Class

Contact a WDM.

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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.