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When the Lights Came On - Rural Electrification in Saskatchewan

Program Information

Students will explore what farm life was like before the rural electrification program brought power to Saskatchewan's farms in the 1950s. The effects of rural electrification on the lives of farm families and surrounding communities will be considered through hands-on interaction with artifacts in the in-museum Discovery Box program and through stories and writing assignments contained in the in-classroom lesson plans.

Grades and Curriculum Connections

Grade 3: Social Studies IN3.1; DR3.2; RW3.3
Grade 4: Social Studies RW4.1; RW4.3

Historical Thinking Concept: Continuity and Change, Historical Perspectives

Themes: Technology, Daily Life, Geography, Needs and Wants

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

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In-Museum Discovery Box Program

Candles, a model gas stove, a toaster, and other items from the WDM Rural Electrification programThis teacher-led Discovery Box contains artifacts that represent pre and post-electrification life in rural Saskatchewan.

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.

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Research Documents and Resources

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

Rural Electrification in Saskatchewan During the 1950s by Joan Champ (WDM)

Resources from our George Shepherd Library >>