This section is designed for educators – you will find 12 activities designed to introduce students to the concept of heritage. These lesson ideas are interrelated – not interconnected. Adapt them for different grades, get ideas for a single project or a series of additional activities. Or use them all together to form a unit on heritage and local history.
What is Home?
What home means and how comfort and belonging relate to the concept of a home.
Living Space in the Home
Explore modern and historic home interiors and how living spaces change over time. (3 pages)
Looking at the Home
Investigate housing types and their function.
Construction Materials & Methods
Introducing building materials and techniques. (5 pages)
Tour local neighbourhoods to discover what kinds of buildings and structures make up your community. (6 pages)
Snooping for Change
Investigate change and how it affects communities. (3 pages)
Creative fun exploring neighbourhood architecture. (3 pages)
Build your own streetscape to understand appearance and function of building exteriors. (4 pages)
Writing activities that encourage students to think about architecture in imaginative ways. (2 pages)
Learn about history from a new perspective. (13 pages)
Learn about your past to learn about your self. (4 pages plus 2 worksheets)
11A_My Family Tree.pdf
11B_My Family Pedigree.pdf (print legal size)
Family heirlooms are a link to the past.
Make Your Own 'Heritage Minute'
Make a video about your community's history.
Producing a Heritage Play
Steps to producing a community history play.
Designing a Walking Tour
A step-by-step approach to create a walking tour of historic neighbourhoods. (3 pages)