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Images clockwise from top left: The Blackfoot Treaty 1877, Crowfoot speaking NA-40-1, Colonel James F. Macleod NA-741-1, Interior view of schoolhouse, Cleveland, MT NC-39-134, Evan Gushul with mouse and cat, Coleman, Alberta NC-54-2233 ŠGlenbow Museum Archives

School Programs Educator Welcome Package


Dear Educator:

Thank you for booking a school visit to Glenbow Museum! Included in this package are teacher checklists, listing of Museum rules, information about our Waste-Free Lunch program, a letter you can send home to parents and other useful information to help make your visit to the museum an enjoyable and exciting experience. Please take the time to review everything in this package. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your visit to Glenbow Museum. We look forward to seeing you and your students! Thank you!

Natalie Marsh School Education Coordinator Phone: (403) 268-4131 Fax: (403) 262-4045 nmarsh@glenbow.org


Glenbow Museum School Programs Teacher Checklist

Before arriving at Glenbow Museum:  Review, sign and fax the bookings agreement form to Glenbow Museum’s booking office.  Programs begin at the time indicated on your bookings confirmation sheet. Please arrange your transportation to arrive at the museum least 15 minutes prior to your start time. Please consider weather and traffic in your travel time.  Prepare your students and parents! Use the form letter included in this package to send home to parents. This letter shares information needed for parents to prepare their student for a field trip to the museum.  Prepare your adult supervisors. Prior to your arrival at the museum, prepare the adult volunteers for what to expect when they get here. Provide them with a package that includes the names of the students in their group, a copy of Glenbow Museum’s rules, and other useful materials such as journals, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, First Aid supplies, and tissues. We strongly recommend you have one adult supervisor to every five students.  Student discipline during your visit is the responsibility of the teacher and adult supervisors. Adults are to remain with the children at all times including lunchtime, self-guided visits, and washroom breaks.  Nametags are encouraged! Museum Educators like to refer to students by their names.  Please leave your backpacks at school. We have very limited space in the coat room and backpacks or large bags are not allowed on gallery floors. Pack lunches and other necessary items in tote bins or bags to keep items together for easy transportation.  Plan where to eat lunch. You must book the lunchroom in advance. Other places to eat lunch are indoors at City Hall or outside at Olympic Plaza. Groups are not allowed to eat in the Telus Convention Centre (hallways outside the Glenbow Museum’s doors)  Prepare students for their visit to Glenbow Museum. Go over museum rules and do a previsit classroom activity.  Cancellations and rescheduling programs must be done two weeks prior to your visit.  A maximum of 30 students can participate in a program. Please do not combine classes as it compromises program quality and student experience.


Upon arrival at Glenbow Museum:  When you arrive, your educator will meet you in the lobby outside Glenbow Museum. Please organize the children in this area while waiting for your educator to greet you as to not crowd our small lobby.  Please pay for your programs at the front desk.  You will be provided with a space for your coats and lunches. Keep all belongings, including lunch bags and beverages in this area. We have lockers available to secure valuables. Glenbow is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

During your visit at Glenbow Museum:  If you have booked a full-day visit, you will have time between your morning and afternoon booking for lunch. You can book the lunchroom, if available, or take the short walk (1 block) to City Hall and eat in the atrium. You cannot eat in the lobby of the Telus Convention Centre.  You can visit other galleries in small groups if you have time between bookings.  Please turn cell phones off or set the ring to silent.

After your visit to Glenbow Museum:  Your educator will provide you with an evaluation form at the end of your program. Please fill out the form and send it back to us. Your feedback is important and helps us improve our school programs.  Review what you learned at the museum. Do a post-visit activity in the classroom.


Welcome to Glenbow Museum! Museum Guidelines The guidelines listed below are intended to ensure that everyone who visits Glenbow Museum has a safe and comfortable experience. Adult supervisors: please go over these guidelines with your student groups.  Why we ask you not to touch – Works of art and artifacts are fragile. The slightest touch can harm them. When we touch something we leave behind fingerprints. Fingerprints contain oils and acids that eat away at surfaces. The touch of one fingerprint may not seem like much, but it can cause a lot of damage.  Backpacks and large bags can cause damage to art and artifacts in museums. They are also a security risk. Please leave them in the coat room.  Food and drinks are allowed in the lunchroom only. No gum, please.  Please walk in the museum.  Respect other classes and visitors in the museum.  Take caution when entering and exiting the elevators.  Please use quiet, indoor voices.  Please use pencils only for writing when in the exhibit areas.  School groups do not have access to the ARC Discovery Room.


Waste-Free Lunch Program at Glenbow Museum Why waste-free lunch? It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste per year for just one average-size elementary school. With your help, Glenbow Museum is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint. In a partnership with the City of Calgary and Clean Calgary we are implementing a Waste-Free Lunch program. Over 55,000 students visit Glenbow Museum annually and that is a lot of waste! We encourage your and your students to participate in the Waste-Free Lunch program at Glenbow. Let’s all do our part to make our world a sustainable one!

Tips on How to Pack Waste-Free Lunches Do include:      

Sandwiches or salads in reusable containers Whole fruits without packaging Drinks in reusable containers Snacks purchased in bulk and brought in reusable containers Cloth napkins and reusable spoons and forks Take compostable materials home or set up vermicomposter or composters in the school

Don’t include:      

Individually wrapped items Plastic baggies that are not reusable Disposable forks and spoons Straws Paper bags Paper napkins


Suggested Activities A visit to the museum can be an enriching and rewarding experience for students. A museum visit should not be an isolated learning experience, but one that builds upon learning occurring in the classroom. Make the most of your visit to the museum by considering the following suggested activities.

Pre-Visit Activities:  Practice your “investigation skills”: Using guided questions and artifacts, photographs and/or artwork, practice looking deeply. Consider questions such as: What do you see? What is it made of? What story does it tell you? Use this activity for cultural studies, journaling techniques and art critiques. Visit http://www.glenbow.org/mavericks/teacher/english/index.html for sample questions and ways to use primary sources.  The slower you go, the more you know: Encourage students to reflect upon information and slow down through sketching and journaling.  Geodes to Gems Programs: You can purchase the Geodes to Gems Program Information Package for $5. Carefully review the information contained in this package and plan classroom time to do a few of the activities. You can also download a pre-visit package at www.glenbow.org/teachers.  Blackfoot Programs: Visit Glenbow’s online exhibition at www.glenbow.org/blackfoot/. You will find lesson ideas and information about the Blackfoot people.  Mavericks Programs: Visit Glenbow’s online exhibition at www.glenbow.org/mavericks. Here you can find lesson ideas and information about Alberta’s mavericks. Use the following information to find specific areas that are related to the programs you booked:  All Together Now – refer to Mounties and Ranching sections of the website. Discuss communities and each individual is important to his or her community.  The Big Picture and A Wider World of Newcomers – refer to the Newcomers section of the website. Discuss issues of immigration and the stories of people who moved to Alberta.  A Resourceful People – refer to the Oil & Gas and Ranching sections of the website. Discuss how natural resources help communities form. Students should be able to identify differences between renewable and non-renewable resources.  Fur Trade – refer to the Uninvited Guests section of the website. Discuss issues of cultural contact.


During your visit to the museum:  Guided Booklets: We have guided booklets available for the Niitsitapiisinni, West Africa, Warriors, Treasures of the Mineral World, and Mavericks galleries. Please inquire about the possibility of focusing on a particular gallery during your visit because some galleries may be closed due to school programs taking place.  Sketching and Journaling: Provide students with paper, pencils, and a writing surface (notebooks, journals, folders, etc). Encourage students to write about and draw artifacts that interest them. If you booked a Discovery Adventure, each student will receive a free souvenir sketchbook!

Post-Visit Activities:  Save time to reflect: Allow time for students to reflect on what they learned while at Glenbow Museum. They can share their sketches, stories, or what they liked best about their visit with the rest of the class.  We appreciate your feedback: Please take time to fill out the evaluation provided to you at the end of your visit. Your feedback is important to us and it helps us improve our school programs.

Thank you for booking a trip to Glenbow Museum!


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s): Your child’s class will be visiting Glenbow Museum on ___________________. Here are some suggestions to help your child have an enjoyable and memorable trip: Eat a healthy breakfast. There often isn’t time for morning snacks. We encourage your child to eat a big, healthy breakfast such as eggs, whole grain cereal and fruit. Pack a Waste-Free Lunch: It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste per year for just one average-size elementary school. Tips on How to Pack Waste-Free Lunches Do include:  Sandwiches or salads in reusable containers  Whole fruits without packaging  Drinks in reusable containers  Snacks purchased in bulk and brought in reusable containers  Cloth napkins and reusable spoons and forks Don’t include:  Individually wrapped items  Plastic baggies that are not reusable  Disposable forks and spoons  Straws  Paper bags  Paper napkins Recording memories. Check with your child’s teacher to see if it is ok to bring a camera. Photography is allowed in many areas of the museum. Emergency information. Ensure your child’s teacher has appropriate contact information in case of an emergency. Prepare for the day. Ask your child what they might see at the museum. Refer to previous visits to Glenbow or other museums. Ask what might be important rules to follow while on a field trip. Prepare your child for riding a bus, this might be something new! Dress appropriately. In programs at Glenbow Museum, we often spend much of the time sitting on the floor and we do lots of exploring. Make sure your child wears appropriate clothing and shoes. Follow up at the end of the day. Find out what they learned, explored and discovered. Bring the rest of your family and ask your child to share some of what they learned on their field trip.

Thanks!


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