The Military Museums

Education Packages

Boats, Bells, and Banners
Grades 1-3 • 2 hrs 15 mins

What keeps huge navy ships afloat? In this package, students seek to answer this and other questions in a presentation on the science behind buoyancy. A tour of the Naval Museum of Alberta, and an art activity are included in this package.

Canada's Indigenous Veterans
Grades 4-6 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Throughout Canada’s history, Indigenous people have played a crucial role in the defence of Canada. Learn how Canada’s Indigenous people have contributed to and shaped Canada’s history from the War of 1812 to Afghanistan. This package includes a theatre presentation, Artefact handling and a gallery tour.

Posters and Propaganda
Grades 4-6 • 2 hrs 15 mins

See how posters and propaganda are used to sway public opinion and boost morale in war time. Other examples of differing media and advertisements are also highlighted. During the art activity, students will apply this knowledge to make their own posters. Contains a theatre presentation and an art activity.

Shaping Our Nation: War of 1812
Grades 7-9 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Learn how the brave exploits of General Isaac Brock, Tecumseh, and Laura Secord helped shaped Canada’s identity and political boundaries. Discover how 19th century warfare and politics relate to who we are today in a theatre presentation, a tour and hands-on activity.

Canada and the Great War
Grades 7-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Students will learn about the preparation, participation and the consequences of Canada’s involvement in the First World War through a 45-minute presentation. Learn about allegiances in an interactive board game and see Alberta’s role in the Great War through tours of “The Last Reunion of the CEF” Exhibit and our Regimental Galleries.

Cartoons and Citizenship
Grades 10-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Students will examine the structure and messages of editorial cartoons found in national publications and learn how to decipher the hidden messages within. An emphasis will be made on historical cartoons and their political significances. This package contains a presentation and group activity.

Afghanistan - NEW
Grades 10-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Using military and Afghan artefacts, students will piece together a timeline of events prior to and during the War in Afghanistan. The focus will be on Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan and nation building ideals. This program contains an interactive presentation, artefact handling and a research project.

Canada’s Indigenous Perspectives
Grades 7-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

This short video aims to introduce students to past military service by Indigenous people. Students have the opportunity to ask, discover and discuss the stories of Indigenous veterans and today's soldiers.

Programs And Presentations

Artifact Handling
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Students have an opportunity to handle Canadian Armed Forces artifacts such as helmets, boots and gas masks ranging from the First World War to Afghanistan. An emphasis is made on critical thinking.

Marching Drill and Uniform Try-on
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Identity, pride and teamwork are paramount to the military. In this program, students experience marching drill in authentic uniforms and learn how and why uniforms and drill promote teamwork and on-the-spot thinking.

Time to Explore
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Under adult and teacher supervision, students explore and learn what they choose in our eight distinct galleries. Scavenger hunts are also available for a more interactive and guided experience.

Explosive Threats
Grades 4-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Discover Canada’s efforts to detect and remove a threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war around the world. Includes a simulated demining activity.

Peacekeeping
Grades 4-6 • 30 or 45 mins

Canadian UN operations are compared and contrasted in this interactive presentation. Students will learn to apply conflict resolution to their personal lives.

Passages of Vimy
Grades 7-12 • 30-45 mins

Students will learn about the importance of Vimy Ridge and how it helped shape Canadian identity. The presentation includes the preparation, participation and the consequences of Canada’s victory at Vimy Ridge.

Remembrance Programs

These programs are tailored to the year and theme presented.

Armistice - NEW
Grades 1–12 • 30 mins

What did the last 100 days look like for Canadian soldiers in the First World War? This presentation details the lead up to the Armistice and why this event is important to Canadians 100 years later. This program includes a theatre presentation and an art activity.

Outreach Programs

Let our Educators come to you! These 45 minute programs are a great way to experience a taste of what the museums has to offer!

Artifact Handling
Grades 4-12 • 2hrs and 15 mins

Students have an opportunity to handle Canadian Armed Forces artefacts such as helmets, boots and gas masks ranging from the First World War to Afghanistan. An emphasis is made on critical thinking.

Canada and the Great War – Board Game
Grades 7-12 • 2 hrs 15 mins

Students are given a quick introduction into some of the major battles fought in the First World War and get to play our interactive risk-style board game.

Special Topics

Meet a Veteran or Serving Member
Grades 1-12 • 45 mins

Learn about Canadian Forces military operations from the veterans or serving members themselves. Plenty of opportunities for questions and answers!

Passages of Vimy
Grades 7-12 • 45 mins

Students will learn about the importance of Vimy Ridge and how it helped shape Canadian identity. The presentation includes the preparation, participation, and the consequences of Canada's victory at Vimy Ridge.

Women in War
Grades 4–12 • 45 mins

Discover the contributions women have made throughout Canada's military history. The role of Nursing Sisters, development of CWAC and the transition into modern day female soldiers is discussed.

Memorial Walk of Garrison Woods - NEW
Grades 7–12 • 2 hrs

Join us as we walk through Calgary’s Currie Barracks to revisit the First World War through monuments. There will be opportunities to discuss the key issues of the war and the impact which followed. The walk is about 2.5 km and is weather dependent.

Museum Tours

Navy
Grades K–12 • 30 or 45 mins

The Naval Museum of Alberta Discover Alberta’s seafaring tradition with this tour.

Army
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

Tour one of five museums. The Army Museum of Alberta; Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum; Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Museum and Archives; The King’s Own Calgary Regiment (Royal Canadian Armoured Corps) Museum; The Calgary Highlanders Regimental Museum and Archives.

Air Force
Grades 1-12 • 30 or 45 mins

The Air Force Museum of Alberta: From Billy Bishop to the Red Baron, bombers to the ground crew, and peacekeeping to POWs, this tour starts with the early days of flight and takes students through to Canada’s present day air force.

The Founders' Gallery
Grades 1–12 • 30 or 45 mins

This gallery hosts temporary art and heritage exhibitions. Displays change every four to six months. See the What's New page to view the current exhibits.

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