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Lighthouse Families (grades K-3)

Why are lighthouses important? Bring your class to the first lighthouse on Canada’s west coast and initiate them in the difficult tasks that children performed in the lighthouse 150 years ago. This program highlights how simple tasks today would have been significant challenges in the past. Discover Fisgard Lighthouse, as a costumed interpreter leads you on a 60-minute tour of the site. Experience life from the perspective of a lightkeeper’s family.

Learning objectives
  • Identify how the lives of children in the lighthouse were different from and similar to the lives of children today
  • Understand how the environment impacted the lives of lighthouse families
  • Understand the function of a lighthouse
  • Understand why the lighthouse was built in its current location (links with the community, Canada and the World)
During this program students will
  • Explore Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site
  • Discover how life was different for families who lived in the lighthouse
  • Discuss how the environment affected the location of the lighthouse

Coded Communications (grades 4-8)

Morse code was used to aid transportation and navigation, save lives, and simply to say “hello”. Students will have the opportunity to create messages for other groups, and practice communicating in Morse code. With the guidance of a costumed interpreter, this 60-minute program will allow your students to discover the significance of communications technologies that would have been used at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites over the past 150 years.

Learning objectives
  • Understand the importance and historical context of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
  • Appreciate how communication technology evolved over time on the site
  • Learn to use various communication methods to transmit short messages to peers
During this program students will
  • Practice communicating using military hand signals, nautical flags and Morse code
  • Learn about how communication technology evolved over time on the site
  • Gain an appreciation of Fisgard Lighthouse and Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites

The Platoon Challenge (grades 9-12)

Report for duty at Fort Rodd Hill, as a soldier of the Great War! Students are divided into “sections” and compete with each other in assigned historic roles. This 60-minute challenge will be facilitated by a costumed interpreter and will teach students about the strategic placement of the military post and its defensive advantages. The program will also help students discover the challenges and hardships faced by those stationed at Fort Rodd Hill a century ago.

Learning objectives
  • Evaluate the impact of physical environment/geography on the construction of Fort Rodd Hill
  • Identify how evolving technology changed the roles of soldiers stationed at the Fort
  • Work cooperatively to complete challenges as a team
During this program students will
  • Compete against their classmates in “sections”
  • Purposefully explore Fort Rodd Hill to find the answers to a series of “telegrams”
  • Understand the role of technology and the environment in the Fort’s history