In Class Education
Teaching children about local history and early 1900s lifestyle in a hands-on and fun way is the goal of the Huble Homestead School Kit program. Educators know that learning history can become dull if it is not presented in a unique way. These kits have been designed to incorporate interactive elements like games, storybooks, and usable artifacts to involve the imagination of the students as well as teach.
Our Education Coordinator delights children of all ages with fun and interactive presentations. They inform and educate about this important time in our local history through humour, stories, games, toys, books, artifacts, and hands-on learning. The Education Coordinator will visit schools throughout the region to present the material in costume.
Educational presentations are available from October to April, are free of charge, and are usually one hour in length. To book your in-class presentation, use our online booking form or email the Education Coordinator. These presentations are designed to cover the Curriculum Objectives set by the Ministry of Education. For a detailed list of the objectives covered by the presentations, please download the documents below the presentation description.
These free, in-class presentations are possible thanks to the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
In-Class Living History Presentations
Historic Huble Homestead (K-Grade 3)
This presentation is designed educate children about the local history of Huble Homestead by using games and stories that to engage younger students. Students are introduced to the Huble family and the animals that work and live on and around the homestead through the use of pictures and costumes. Students also compare the lives of children from the 1900s to their own by discussing the daily activities of a pioneer child. The presentation concludes with a hands-on activity in which the children play with old-fashioned wooden toys.
Curriculum Content addressed: personal and family history and traditions; needs and wants of individuals and families; people, places, and events in the local community, relationships between humans and their environment; aspects of life shared by and common to peoples and cultures.
History and Culture of the Dakelh (Gr. K-3)
This presentation offers a look into the daily life and culture of the Dakelh First Nations people (Lheidli T’enneh band). Emphasis is placed on the role of seasons in the seasonal round, with food, medicine, art, and leisure being discussed briefly. The importance of legends and oral history in First Nations communities will also be explained. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast the Dakelh way of life to the pioneer lifestyle of the Huble family. The presentation involves a felt board activity which encourages student participation.
Curriculum Content addressed: people, places, and events in the local community, and in local First Peoples communities; relationships between a community and its environment; cultural characteristics and ways of life of local First Peoples; oral history, traditional stories, and artifacts as evidence about past First Peoples cultures.
Historic Huble Homestead (Gr 4-5)
This presentation is designed to discuss Huble Homestead and the Seebach & Huble General Store in relation to the fur trade. Students will learn about life as a fur trade, the challenges they would face, and the different strategies they would have used to overcome those challenges. Pictures are used to discuss the different types of animals that would have been trapped locally. Students will also get to interact with real animal pelts.
Curriculum Content addressed: the history of the local community; resources and economic development in different regions of Canada, and the fur trade in Canada and British Columbia.
History and Culture of the Dakelh (Gr. 4-5)
This presentation focuses on the broader effects of European contact as Canada became increasing populated with settlers, and uses the the Dakelh First Nations people (Lheidli T’enneh band) as a primary example. Students are introduced to the culture of the Dakelh First Nations people and discuss their daily life and their traditional territory. Students will engage in a fur trading activity to illustrate the impact of different European goods on the Dakelh life style.
Curriculum Content addressed: early contact, trade, cooperation, and conflict between First Peoples and European peoples; the impact of colonization on First Peoples societies in British Columbia and Canada, the history of the local community and of local First Peoples communities.
Life at Huble Homestead (Gr 4-5)
This presentation is delivered lecture style focusing on four categories: Typical Day, Living by the Season, Women and Children, and Meet Basic Needs. Each of these four sections delves into detailed descriptions of pioneer living. While there is no specific hands on portion for this presentation there are pictures, artifacts and plenty of time for discussion period giving students a chance to think critically about history. Due to the more discussion based nature of this presentation, Life at Huble works well for combining multiple classes.
Curriculum Content addressed: the history of the local community.
Pioneer Christmas (Gr K-5)
Experience an old fashioned pioneer Christmas in your own classroom with this seasonal presentation. Your students will decorate a traditional Christmas tree, play a parlour game and make a Christmas present for your classroom. This program is available during the last week of November and through December only, and fills up fast. Book early!
Curriculum Content addressed: personal and family history and traditions; needs and wants of individuals and families; aspects of life shared by and common to peoples and cultures.
Historic Huble Homestead (Gr 6-7)
This presentation is designed to teach students about the intricacies of daily life on a homestead and how families like the Hubles would have met their needs. The students will be encouraged to compare the social structure, life style and environmental coping strategies from pioneer times to present day. The class will participate in making and sampling homemade butter.
Curriculum Content addressed: human responses to particular geographic challenges and opportunities, including climates, landforms, and natural resources; the urbanization and migration of people.
Historic 6-7 Curriculum Objectives
Critical History (Gr 9-10)
This presentation has been created to work with the high school Social Studies curriculum. The goal of the program is to engage students in local history, help them to recognise the differences in secondary and primary sources, use critical thinking when learning about the past and to encourage them to take history at a secondary level after graduation. The presentation will begin with the tragic story of the Rennie party, who came to the Huble Homestead area in 1862 in search of gold and ultimately met with murder and cannibalism. Students will be allowed to question and discuss historically based ideas.
Curriculum Content addressed: exploration and expansion; global demographic shifts physiographic features of Canada.
Teacher-Led Education Kits
For Use at the Giscome Portage
The Changing Faces of Rocks (Gr 8)
This teaching kit contains the supplies and step-by-step instructions for your students to make their own rocks that they can then affect with various forms of erosion. This kit explores the rock cycle chart that illustrates the interaction of rock formation and erosion. End the year with a science focused field trip to the Giscome portage trail, which is part of a glacial till, where your students can see the effects of various forms of erosions upon rocks.
Orienteering (Gr 9-10)
This teaching kit is geared towards Grade 9/10 Physical Education and incorporates movement and alternative environment activities engaging your students with a field trip to the Giscome portage trail. Give your students the knowledge to plan and apply wilderness orientation and survival skills. They will learn how to find the best path over the continental divide, how to find three check points by compass, how to identify at least three edible plants, how to use three alternate directional methods and some very basic first aid. Historical notes will keep you abreast of the history of these skills on the trail in the time of John Giscome in 1862-1863.
Know Your Forests (Gr 11-12)
This teaching kit can be used to accompany a field trip to the Giscome portage trail to teach your students about local plants and data collection. Students will learn the identification of local trees, insects and fungus and come to their own conclusions about the ecosystems where they can be found. They will also learn how data collection (how/where/why/who) has a large impact on the conclusions based on that data.
For In-Class Use
Women's History (Gr 10-11)
This teaching kit is an hour and a half lesson on life on the Huble Homestead, with an emphasis on women’s history. The kit’s group work and hands-on activities will focus on verbal, visual, and interactive learning. The basic supplies needed for the lesson are included in the kit. In addition, the students will need basic art supplies and a stack of old magazines for the collage activity. Included in this kit is a list of artifacts that may be borrowed from the Huble Homestead/Giscome Portage Heritage Society for further hands-on learning.
All of these kits, with the exceptions of History and Culture of the Dakelh, Pioneer Christmas, and Critical History, can be booked for self-directed use through the School District #57 Resource Center.