Dear Teachers and Educators
This section of the website offers a variety of resources to use in conjunction with the website History of the Force in the North. Included is an outline for how to introduce the topic of the North West Mounted Police in the classroom, 11 lesson plans that follow the British Columbia Ministry of Education Curriculum, activity sheets such as cross-words and word-searches, a guide to leading a backpacking trip over the historic Chilkoot Trail, an online quiz, general resources, and a list of references used to create this site.
There are a variety of ways in which to present to students the topic of the North West Mounted Police. The section on how to Introduce the topic of the North West Mounted Police includes ideas for bringing local ‘experts’ into the classroom and resources for catching student’s interest.
Once students have gained a sense of the North West Mounted Police and what their role was in northern society, they will be better prepared to commence the activities in the Lesson Plans. The lesson plans correlate directly to the Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Grades 4 and 10 Social Studies for the British Columbia Ministry of Education, which students in the Yukon follow. There are six lesson plans for students in Grade 4 and five lesson plans for students in Grade 10. Each lesson plan includes: objectives, planning and preparation, resources and materials needed, procedure, activities specific to the lesson, evaluation tools, connections to the curriculum standards, and the required sheets and handouts. Some of the lessons contain extension activities.
For anybody interested in testing their knowledge of the North West Mounted Police, Activity Sheets have been provided. They consist of a cross-word puzzle, a word-search, and a word-scramble. Furthermore, a 20-question online quiz made up of multiple choice and true/false questions is available.
Adventurous teachers and educators can refer to the section on the Chilkoot Trail. Included in this section are itineraries (general and daily), a clothing list, an equipment list, a food list, topics to cover in class prior to the trip, safety issues, connections to the curriculum, a link to a map of the area, and other useful websites.
Please feel free to modify the lesson plans to suit your classroom and grade level.