Joseph Brant Museum – Self-Guided Field Trips

Plan a field trip to the newly renovated Joseph Brant Museum and use our Self-Guided Field Trip Guide to add some easy education to your entertainment. This school year, classes and students won’t be going on field trips, but that doesn’t mean your kids have to miss out on the hands-on in-person learning that field trips offer. Take them yourself, and use our Field Trip Guide to help encourage additional learning!

Our Self-Guided Field Trip Guides have been created by Amanda, a Peel Region elementary teacher to help families connect education to the entertainment that comes when visiting one of the many local cultural attractions. This issue is the perfect companion to your Joseph Brant Museum visit.



Joseph Brant Museum

In 1798, King George III granted the Mohawk and British army captain 3,450 acres at the head-of-the-lake (Burlington Bay) for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution. The Museum was built to commemorate Joseph Brant as Burlington’s first citizen.


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photo c/o look local magazine


Visit here when you are studying: Social Studies

Grade 1

People and Environments: The Local Community

Describe significant aspects of their community, with reference to different areas, services, and natural and built features, demonstrating an understanding of some basic ways of describing location and measuring distance

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about features of their communities, both man-made and natural, and how to represent those on a map. They will be describing how people live and work in a community.

Get the kids talking: 

The permanent collection houses the history of Burlington. Throughout the museum, there are photographs of places they may recognize:

  • Where do you think this is? How has it changed? Look at the farming tools – how do you think they are used? How is that different to today?
  • Point out historical maps and explain where Lake Ontario is. Have them try to guess where their house/school/the Joeseph Brant Museum is on the map and see how that area has changed.
  • What is missing from the old map that we have in our communities? Grocery stores? Parks? City Hall?

Vocabulary:  location, map, symbol, community, feature, river, lake, services, location (relative – near, further, up, down)


Grade 3

People and Environments: Living and Working in Ontario

Describe major landform regions and types of land use in Ontario and some of the ways in which land use in various Ontario municipalities addresses human needs and wants, including the need for jobs

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about the regions of Ontario and how their features can drive land use and employment in the area. For example, the Canadian Shield is rocky, but with lots of minerals. There are lakes and forests, and the population is not as high as other regions. It can be used for mining and tourism – cottages and recreation activities.

Get the kids talking: 

  • What is special about this area? How does Lake Ontario help us with industries that are around here?
  • Is there a difference between this region and other regions you know in Ontario?
  • Would it be easy to be a forester here? Why/why not?
  • Do you know what we do have a lot of here – farms/fruit!

Vocabulary: Regions (Canadian Shield, Great Lakes-St.Lawrence Lowlands, Hudson Bay Lowlands), population, agriculture, tourism, resources, environment


Grade 4

People and Environments: Political and Physical Regions of Canada

Assess some key ways in which industrial development and the natural environment affect each other in two or more political and/or physical regions of Canada; Identify Canada’s political and physical regions, and describe their main characteristics and some significant activities that take place in them

What does that mean?

Students will be learning about ways in which the environment has shaped industry, the environmental impact of industries.

Get the kids talking: 

  • How does Lake Ontario help us with industries that are around here?
  • Is there a difference between this region and other regions you know in Ontario?
  • What are the environmental impacts of the industries in this region – farming? Steel/Manufacturing?
  • Can you think of ways we could make things more sustainable?
  • Look at the population of Burlington in the time of the Joseph Brant Museum – what has changed between then and now?
  • What else has changed?

Vocabulary: fishing, farming, tourism, mining, manufacture, renewable energy, industries



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