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Our Grade Eight Program focuses on the history of the bushplane and the opening of the North and how both of these aided in the growth of Canada's economy. Students will have a chance to climb inside, play, touch and even "fly" with their classmates in an old Saunders passenger aircraft. Students will also discover how bushplanes help fight forest fires. We will ignite your student's imaginations and interest. Your class will learn quickly that adventure takes off at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre!

Big Idea:

Overall Expectation: Describe the characteristics of different types of economic systems and the factors that influence them, including economic relationships and levels of industrial development.
Specific Expectation: Explain how the availability of particular economic resources influences the economic success of a region.
How: Students will take a guided tour of the timeline of the bushplane. They will learn about how the bushplane evolved as well as how it helped Canada to evolve. They will learn how the bushplane opened the north to new industry, transportation and growth in our economy. They will also learn that without the bushplane the advancements made in the mining, forestry and transportation industries would have never happened at the pace they did.

Big Idea:

Overall Expectation: Describe the characteristics of different types of economic systems and the factors that influence them, including economic relationships and levels of industrial development; Compare the economies of different communities, regions or countries, including the influence of factors such as industries, access to resources and access to markets.
Specific Expectation: Identify and give examples of the three major types of industries - primary (resource), secondary (manufacturing) and tertiary (service) - and describe how these industries have developed in Canada.
How: Our tour guides will give a comprehensive tour of the timeline of the bushplane. Students will hear how the bushplane allowed for the growth of Canada's economy especially in the mining, forestry and transportation sectors.

Big Idea:

Overall Expectation: Describe the characteristics of different types of economic systems and the factors that influence them, including economic relationships and levels of industrial development.
Specific Expectation: Formulate questions to guide and analyse research on economic influences and relationships.
How: We create an environment where students experience new terminology and where they see things they have never seen before. Our expert guides allow and encourage questioning while students discover all of this new and exciting information.

Big Idea:

Overall Expectation: Describe the characteristics of different types of economic systems and the factors that influence them, including economic relationships and levels of industrial development.
Specific Expectation: Locate relevant information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
How: The guides and the tour of the Bushplane Heritage Centre will serve as a primary source of information for students that they will be able to recall or make notes for future use on tests, quizzes, reports or projects.

Big Idea:

Overall Expectation: Describe the characteristics of different types of economic systems and the factors that influence them, including economic relationships and levels of industrial development.
Specific Expectation: Use appropriate vocabulary to describe their inquiries and observations.
How: We create an environment where students experience new terminology and where they see things they have never seen before. Our expert guides allow and encourage questioning while students discover all of this new and exciting information.

Museum Tour

  1. Brief presentation on the Bushplane Heritage Centre
  2. Chalk Talk
  3. Hangar Tour
  4. Wings Over the North Object Theatre or Bush Angels
  5. Flight Centre & Fire Tower
  6. Depart Facility after 2 Hour Tour

Lessons

Associated lessons are encouraged before and the field trip. Many students may not have been to a museum and it is helpful to establish the rules of a museum as well as get them excited to come and experience all the fun adventures they are about to have. The following activities are all optional; our tours are developed to be stand-alone and pre or post lessons are not required to experience a field trip at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
You can use one lesson or a combination of lessons to aid your students in their experience. All the resources for the activities are supplied and most of the suggested books may be lent out through our own library for up to one week. Some books are also noted to be in the Public Library for teachers to take out for longer periods of time.

Lesson 1

Students Will Discover:

  • The three major types of industry: Primary, secondary and tertiary.
  • A glossary of new vocabulary for the unit.
  • The elements of an economic system tracing a product back to its origin.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Students Will Discover:

  • The three major types of industry: Primary, secondary and tertiary.
  • A glossary of new vocabulary for the unit.
  • The elements of an economic system tracing a product back to its origin.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

Eyewitness Books: Economy

Johnny Acton
DK, 2010.
You may speak to someone for more information or to book your school tour at
Toll Free: 1-877-287-4752
Local: 705-945-6242
Email: Donna Barill
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