Roedde House Museum School Program
A Grade Four and Five Social Studies and Language Arts Unit to Engage Your Students' Hearts and Minds!
Roedde House Museum is a local Vancouver Historic House which offers hands-on activities for your students and supports and enriches the Grade 4 and 5 Social Studies and Language Arts Curricula. The program consists of a house tour by experienced docents (online or in-person) and supports and enhances the downloadable “Roedde House Museum : Windows to the Past” curriculum. Located in the heart of Vancouver's West End, exploring this historic house will provide a multifaceted look at the everyday life of a young middle class immigrant family in the early years of the 20th Century.
Book a class visit!
In-person school tours are re-starting in Spring / Summer 2022!
We have also provided our program onilne at no charge.
Online learning at Roedde House
Online experience for students who are unable to visit Roedde House Museum in person. The online video below allows us to follow docents through the Museum and discover the many stories and belongings of the Roedde family.
Short Preview Online Tour - 18min (click image to watch)
Full Length Online Video Tour - 51min (click image to watch)
Donate and support!
As Roedde House Museum is not charging schools for these online learning resources and materials, we would appreciate donations to support the Museum and school program.
Additional Resources to enhance your experience:
Students can come with their family and experience a visit to the Roedde House Museum. See our home page for more info.
Video : Window to the Past
In the 1990s Roedde granddaughters Gwen and Kay visit the house where they had lived with their mother and grandparents at the time of the First World War. They are able to tell us about what life was like as young girls over a hundred years ago.
Curriculum : Roedde House Museum: Windows to the Past
Download the curriculum for the Windows to the Past school program.
These are projects from the Windows to the Past curriculum that students can work on individually, as a class group at school or at home with their parents.
Learning from Architecture
- Draw your home See curriculum page 26.
Ask students to do a detailed, accurate drawing of their home, with the building in front of them for constant visual reference. Encourage them to measure to help place and space doors, windows, etc. accurately. Pay close attention to the roofline and chimney, styles of windows, decorative details.
- Architectural Features of Roedde House. See curriculum page 28.
Use the BLM 2: South Elevation of Roedde House (with labels) and BLM 3 : South Elevation of Roedde House (without labels) to identify the special architectural features of Roedde House, to learn more architectural vocabulary and better to understand what they will observe when they visit Roedde House.
Exploring Your Community
- A Neighbouhood Walk See curriculum page 27.
Take the class for a neighbourhood walk around a block or two, asking students to take time to observe various types of windows, doors and entrances, rooflines, number of stories, placement of rooms (as much as you can tell from the outside).
- Understanding Immigration. See Curriculum Page 45.
A number of activities, discussions, readings can be used to build background knowledge on this topic. Students talk about their own family experience of immigration and become more understanding of the stories of others.
Encourage students to ask a parent or grandparent how or why their own family decided to immigrate to BC and or Canada. Students can take turns to present their findings to the class.
If immigrants are seeking a better life, is that what they find? Interview students who have come to Canada most recently. What is it like to come to a new country? What things do they miss from their old country? Note 5 problems, 5 good things, and 5 funny things.
Exploring Personal History
- Family or Personal Timeline. See Curriculum Page 43.
Students will create a timeline from their birth date to the present, recording significant events in their own lives. Building on the questions developed for the Activity Your Family Tree, discuss sample questions with them and draw up a list of questions to ask family members regarding events in their family history.
Learning to Marble. See Curriculum Page 41.
Gustav Roedde was Vancouver's first bookbinder, and this activity connects the students with his profession. Note that real marble has subtle lines of colour flowing throughout the rock. Marbling is a technique that creates those same swirls of colour, only on paper. Marbled papers used to be the special end papers of a book.