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Programming for Grades 4 to 6

General Tour: Introduction to Ontario’s First Nations People (Grades 4-6)

Begin your adventure at the Museum with an introductory film, followed by a special artifact handling and identification session. Complete your trip with a guided tour of the galleries and Lawson Iroquois Village. Students learn about the history of Ontario’s First Nations people before European contact and explore how changes in the climate and environment affected their way of life and technology.

  • 1.5 hrs: Includes hands-on artifact activity and village tour. $5/student

Or choose one of our curriculum-based programs below. All programs include the General Tour.


Early Societies-Surprising Similarities (Grade 4)

Uncover the archaeology of early civilizations around the world, comparing cultures found in North & South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia through hands-on activities.

  • Half day: Includes “Pottery of the World’ craft.
  • Full day: half-day program plus underwater archaeology and Context in Archaeology.

First Nations People & Europeans (Grade 5 and 6)

Discover the history of First Nations peoples before and after contact with Europeans. Students will explore the Fur Trade and how contact affected Canada’s First Nations peoples during the 16th-19th centuries.

  • Half day: includes Fur Trade Game
  • Full day: half-day program plus choose 2 of the workshops below.

Archaeology in Ontario (Grades 5 and 6)

Students will explore archaeology and the history of Ontario’s First Nations People through hands-on exploration of artifacts and archaeological tools.

  • Half day: Includes Context in Archaeology, an exploration of how archaeologists answer questions.
  • Full day:  Half-day program, plus students will create their own traditional pottery and explore underwater archaeology.

Woodland Style Painting (Grades 4 to 6)

Students explore the elements and principles of design through the work of historical and contemporary Woodland style artists. Students will then apply what they have learned to their own painted creation.

  • Half day: Includes an introduction to Ontario’s First Nations people.
  • Full day: Also includes Personal Totem Sculptures and Soapstone Pendants.

Suggested workshops for Grades 4-6:

  • Pottery
  • Woodland Style Painting
  • Wampum
  • Quill Writing
  • Context in Archaeology (how archaeologists draw inferences from their excavations)
  • Fur Trade (already included in grade 5\6: First Nations People and Europeans)
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Early Societies (already included in grade 4: Early Societies)
  • Traditional Games

MOA Education Workshops Descriptions

The Museum of Ontario Archaeology also provides Special Day Programs  for Grades 1-8.

If you have any questions about our educational programs, please contact Katie Urban – Learning Coordinator : or give us a call: 519-473-1360

The Learning Centre

Download complete pre and post visit lesson plans here:

Program Costs:

Half-day programs:

  • $6/person (2 hrs)

Full-day programs:

  • $10.00/person (3.5 hrs + 0.5 hr for lunch)

The Museum requires ample supervision for all programs.

  • Teachers/chaperones are admitted free at an 8:1 ratio (2 free minimum)
  • Support workers for individual students are always free and not included in the 8:1 ratio
  • Extra/Paid Chaperones = $3
Booking a Program:

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Customize your Program:

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