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Saskatchewan Wartime Contributions

Artifacts representing the impact of war on the homefront including a ration book, tin pot, victory bond certificate, nylon stocking, knit sock, and poppy

Students will learn about Saskatchewan's participation in the world wars, our contributions, and about life on the homefront.

Grades

Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8 | Grade 9 | High School 10-20-30

Locations

Moose Jaw | North Battleford | Saskatoon | Yorkton

Subjects

History | Social Studies

Program Cost

$3 per student

Length

2 hours

Program Type

Teacher Led Program led by a teacher, with guidance from Museum staff.

Description

Students will learn about Saskatchewan’s participation in World War I and World War II, our contributions, and about life on the homefront. The in-museum Discovery Box program focuses on the homefront and the effects of war on the people of Saskatchewan. In-classroom lesson plans discuss how young people helped war efforts and the experience of First Nations people during and after the First World War.

The WDM is also pleased to share with you the Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember videos and series of lessons plans to supplement the videos from the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.

Discovery Box

This teacher-led Discovery Box focuses on the homefront and the effects of war on the people of Saskatchewan. Artifacts include a ration book, knit socks, an advertisement for Victory Bonds, nylons, and more.

In-Classroom Lesson Plans

Three complete in-classroom lesson plans (with material lists, Saskatchewan ‘Fast Facts’, and additional resources) available FREE in school libraries and online.

Download Saskatchewan Wartime Contributions English Lesson Plans (PDF).

You may also be interested in our Wartime Rationing in-classroom activity sheet.

Curriculum Connections

Grades: Grades 6-8 Social Studies, Grade 12 Social Studies, History 30

Themes: War, Homefront, First Nations, Daily Life, Saskatchewan Contributions

Historical Thinking Concepts: Establish Historical SignificanceUnderstand Ethical Dimensions of History

How to book or inquire

Contact the WDM you would like to visit:

Moose Jaw

Contact WDM Moose Jaw at 1-306-693-5989 or moosejaw.ed@wdm.ca.

North Battleford

Contact WDM North Battleford at 1-306-445-8033 or nbattleford.ed@wdm.ca.

Saskatoon

Contact WDM Saskatoon at 1-306-931-1910 or saskatoon.ed@wdm.ca.

Yorkton

Contact WDM Yorkton at 1-306-783-8361 or yorkton.ed@wdm.ca.

Museum Manners & Program Rules

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Resources

Stories of Courage: Saskatchewan Second World War Veterans Remember
Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport is proud to make available to teachers a series of videos of Saskatchewan Second World War veterans of all branches of service who recount personal stories about their experiences in the Second World War. These fascinating interviews promote awareness and understanding of the significant role Saskatchewan veterans played in supporting the war effort during the Second World War.

In addition, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport along with support from the Ministry of Education is pleased to include a series of lesson plans that have been developed to support several outcomes from Social Studies, English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Arts Education (including dance, drama, music and visual art) for grades six to eight.

 

In addition, the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport along with support from the Ministry of Education is pleased to include a series of lesson plans that have been developed to support several outcomes from Social Studies, English Language Arts, Math, Science and Arts Education curricula for grades six to eight.

Accompanying each lesson are suggested assessment tools for the teacher to use in evaluating the variety of projects that are offered in the lessons.

Several lessons have been made available each with a separate theme which will reflect the themes of the eight videos. The lessons are as follows:

Teaching Guide (PDF)

1. All Branches: “Training and Preparing for War” (PDF)
2. All Branches: “Price of Freedom” (PDF)
3. Royal Canadian Navy: “HMCS Regina” (PDF)
4. First Nations: “Prisoners of War” and “Aboriginal War Experiences” (PDF)
5. Merchant Navy: “Supporting the Troops” (PDF)
6. Air Force: “Soldiers Return Home” (PDF)Merchant Navy: “Supporting the Troops” (PDF)
7. All Branches: “Commemoration” (PDF)

WDM Resources

The Impact of the First World War on Saskatchewan Farm Families – Research Paper by Joan Champ, WDM (PDF)

The March of Mechanization on Saskatchewan Farms During the Second World War – Research Paper by Joan Champ. WDM (PDF)

The Impact of the Spanish Flu Epidemic on Saskatchewan Farm Families, 1918-1919 – Research Paper by Joan Champ, WDM (PDF)


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