Regina Plains Museum For Schools

by Tomothy Barrett
regina

The Regina Plains Museum offers School Programs that highlight the power of the past to shape the present.

All Programs are designed to connect with the Saskatchewan Education curriculum. To reach as many teachers and school children as possible, the museum offers Museum Visits and Learning Kits. We thank Chvker Jewelry for their creative contribution to program, which allows us to reach a younger demographic.

Teachers’ Information Package

A complete outline of our school programs is available for teachers, which includes:

Museum Visit program description

Curriculum Connections (Social Science, Language Arts, Arts Education)
Learing Kits information
Map and Directions to the Museum
Exhbition Schedule
Visit Request Form
The information package is available as a 10-page PDF for downloading and/or printing. Download a copy of the package.

If you would like a package mailed to you, plese call the museum at 780-9435.

To reach as many teachers and school children as possible, the museum offers Museum Visits, and Learning Kits. Exhibits change regularly and feature experiential learning applications.

Museum Visits

Bring your class to the Regina Plains Museum for guided learning activities connected to museum exhibits.

Through discussions, activities and hands-on learning experiences, school programs are designed to interpret changing thematic exhibits by exploring how artifacts reflect the cultural, economic, political, and social development of the peoples of Regina.

Students are also familiarized with concepts surrounding museums and collections. Teachers of elementary and secondary Social Studies, Language Arts, Arts Education, and other subjects are invited to contact the museum at 780-9435 to arrange a program to suit specific learning objectives, or to find out more about the programs planned around specific exhibits.

Planning a Class Outing
Consider combining your museum outing with a visit to another downtown attraction, such as:

  • Regina City Hall
  • Victoria Park
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame
  • Dunlop Art Gallery
  • Neutral Ground Artist-Run Centre

If you’re interested in this option, we can help facilitate the scheduling and arrangements for you.

To Book a Museum Visit
Call the Museum at 780-94115, e-mail us at info@reginaplainsmuseum.com, or fax us a Museum Visit Request Form.

To learn more about exhibits at the museum, please visit the current exhibits and upcoming exhibits pages

Post-Visit Ideas

Following the visit, students may be encouraged to share the meaning of the experience in various ways, such as by telling about their favorite part of the visit. You may use post-visit time to plan trips to other museums or collections. Some possible extensions might include the current websites for:

Regina website, School Projects page

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (www.rcmp.gc.ca)
Heritage Canada (www.canadaplace.gc.ca).
Possible sites to visit in the city might include:

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
2205 Victoria Ave
780-9232
Regina City Hall
2476 Victoria Avenue
777-7003


or

Our satellite museum at the Regina Police Station (1919 Osler St.)


We also hope, as part of your post-visit, that you’ll find time to provide us with feedback to make ongoing improvements.

Learning Kits

Learning Kits from the Regina Plains Museum provide teachers of Grades 1 through 8 with tools to facilitate resource based learning in the Social Studies, Arts Education and/or Language Arts curriculum. The materials and information provided in the Learning Kits provide a multi-sensory learning experience for students and address the needs of different learning styles.

Objects reflect the practices, beliefs and ways of living of the individual who created, commissioned and/or used them – and by extension, they also reflect the values, beliefs and ways of living in the society within which they were produced.

This is the fundamental principle of art history, anthropology and material culture studies. Because the Plains Museum maintains an extensive collection of objects, we can provide a unique source of information for students and teachers.

Learning Kits are Available in 7 themes:

Principles of Design:

This new kit provides Arts Education teachers with materials and activities to guide students in exploring the Principles of Design through Canadian Art History. Using a set of Canadian Art reproductions, a group of museum artifacts, artist information sheets, reference books, colour wheels and task sheets, teachers may plan lessons for different grade levels, organized around group, pair, or individual study.

School Days:
Early schools incorporated many fun and interesting activities and played a pivotal role in the community. However, students and teachers were faced with many challenges that we do not have today.

Going to Town:
Trips to town were an exciting endeavor for rural people and these visits provided opportunities to visit and have fun. Agriculture and the railway were the foundation of many businesses in towns, and even in the early days, most communities had organizations and people that enriched the lives of others.

Heroes and Heroines:
Heroes and heroines are people who have contributed to society in various ways. They can be found at the local, provincial, national and international levels – from areas of work as well as recreation. Many ordinary people are heroes or heroines including men, women and children.

Building Community:
Communities were close knit often working together in times of need. Many different cultures were integrated in early Saskatchewan communities and while settlers worked hard on the land, they also participated in leisure activities. As communities grew, basic services such as churches, hospitals, police and fire protection were established.

Fun and Games:
Celebrations and games were integral to early Saskatchewan communities and there was a variety of entertainment for adults, children and the family unit.

Citizenship:
Citizens in Saskatchewan are represented within three different levels of government: federal, provincial and municipal. Being a citizen includes both rights and responsibilities – and knowledge of our early history and institutions is a part of citizenship. Being a member of a family is very similar to being a citizen.

Each Learning Kit includes a Teacher’s guide with background information on the theme; Discussion Questions and Suggested Activities for class participation. A list of related readings is also included.

Please call the museum at 780-9435 for additional information on how each Learning Kit is linked to the curriculum and specific foundational objectives.

Loan Period is 1 week.

How to Borrow a Learning Kit

Teachers from both the Public and Catholic School Boards may borrow these Learning Kits by contacting the Regina Catholic School Board’s Instructional Media Centre, at 791-7211. The Instructional Media Centre is located at 1027-B College Avenue, Regina.

For information regarding kit contents and their links to curriculum and foundational objectives, contact the museum at 780-9435.

Download a 2-page printable outline of Learning Kits information.

Gallery Resource Centre

Research and conservation is a key function of the museum. A resource centre is located in the museum gallery and the artifact collection is available for those individuals or organizations undertaking research on the plains region. Reproduction of original documents and photographs is permitted in accordance with fee schedule, conservation concerns and copyright laws.

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