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Our Grade One Tour Program focuses on the mathematics curriculum. We look at the bushplane and how it is designed focusing on symmetry, shapes, counting and nonstandard units of measurement. 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 and will get a chance to climb a fire tower to put out a forest fire on their own. We will ignite your student's imaginations and interest. Your class will learn quickly that adventure takes off at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre!

Curriculum Expectations

Big Idea: Number Sense and Numeration,

Overall Expectation: Demonstrate an understanding of magnitude by counting forward to 100 and backwards from 20.
Specific Expectation: Count backwards by 1's from 20 and any number less than 20 with and without the use of concrete materials and number lines.
How: During the tour we will discuss water-bombers and count backwards from fifteen to zero which is the time it takes to fill the on board tanks with water.

Big Idea: Measurement

Overall Expectation: Estimate, measure and describe length, area, mass, capacity, time and temperature, using non-standard units of the same size. Compare, describe and order objects, using attributes measured in non-standard units.
Specific Expectation: Compare two or three objects using measurable attributes and describe the objects using relative terms. Compare and order objects by their linear measurements, using the same non-standard unit. Name the months of the year in order and read the date on a calendar. Relate temperature to experiences of the seasons. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of non-standard units of the same size for measuring. Estimate, measure and record lengths, heights and distances. Construct, using a variety of strategies, tools for measuring lengths, heights and distances in non-standard units.
How: Students will discover that the longer the wings are, the bigger and heavier the aircraft is through measuring the wing span by using their own arm span. Students will order aircraft from largest to smallest by wingspan. Students will discuss the first flight on Canadian soil, which occurred in February the coldest month of the year where they had to take off on a frozen lake. Students will use non standard units of measure (their arms span) to measure the wingspan of various aircraft and record their results. Students will understand this is an estimation not an actual measurement because we are not using a standard measuring tool.

Big Idea: Geometry and Spatial Sense

Overall Expectation: Identify common two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures and sort and classify them by their attributes. Compose and decompose common two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional figures. Describe the relative locations of objects using positional language.
Specific Expectation: Identify and describe common two dimensional shapes and sort and classify them by their attributes. Using concrete materials and pictorial representations. Describe similarities and differences between an everyday object and a three dimensional figure. Locate shapes in the environment that have symmetry and describe the symmetry. Identify and describe shapes within other shapes.
How: Students will be looking at aircraft and the different shapes contained in them. During tour students will look at symmetry of an aircraft and other shapes and this will help them take measurements, as some aircraft will only be measured through spanning half the aircraft.

Big Idea: Data Management and Probability

Overall Expectation: Collect and organize categorical primary data and display the data using concrete graphs and pictographs without regard to the order of labels on the horizontal axis. Read and describe primary data presented in concrete graphs and pictographs. Describe the likelihood that every day events will happen.
Specific Expectation: Demonstrate an ability to organize objects into categories by sorting and classifying objects using one attribute and by describing informal sorting experiences. Collect and organize primary data that is categorical and display the data using one-to-one correspondence, prepared templates of concrete graphs and pictographs and a variety of recording methods.
How: During tour students will sort aircraft in various categories, biggest to smallest, which can dispense the most amount of water etc.

Museum Tour

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


Associated lessons are encouraged before and after 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 instructions 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:

  • What a museum is
  • What types of museums there are
  • How to act and behave on a field trip
  • Discuss the field trip to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to the students
  • What types of questions do we want to ask on our field trip
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 2

Students Will Discover:

  • Information about aircraft, including what they are and how they are used.
  • What a biography and autobiography is.
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Lesson 3

Students Will Discover:

  • Symmetry in shapes
  • Symmetry in objects around them
  • Symmetry in aircraft
The entire lesson along along with support material is included in the Teachers Package

Suggested Reading:

Young Amelia Earhart: A Dream to Fly,

Sarah Alcott and James Anton,
Troll Communications, 1992

A Day at the Airport

Richard Scarry
Random House, 2001

All Aboard Planes

Frank Evans and George Guzzi,

Franklin's Class Trip

Paulette Bourgeois & Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press, 1999

Maisy Goes to the Museum

Lucy Cousins
Candlewick Press, 2008

How to take your Grandmother to the Museum

Lois Wyse, Molly Rose Goldman, Marie-Louise Gay, Workman Publishing in Association with the American Museum of Natural History, 1998.

The Fantastic Flight of the Silver Dart

Linda Brand
Canada Aviation Museum, 2009
More information can be found in the Teacher's Package
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Toll Free: 1-877-287-4752
Local: 705-945-6242
Email: Donna Barill
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