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Grades 4 - 6
On-site tour and program

The following resource offers program suggestions to be followed both in the classroom and during a Gallery visit. It is also available as a  PDF.

The Sallows Collection and "Remembering the Farm" - Photography and Storytelling: the art of capturing memories

This program starts with a tour of The Gallery and an introduction to the enduring photographs of Reuben R. Sallows. Following this, the students will listen to excerpts from Allan Anderson’s personal narrative “Remembering the Farm: Memories of Farming, Ranching, and Rural Life in Canada, Past and Present.” Inspired by “the rural storytelling tradition” participants will then select those Sallows’ photographs which best depict images portrayed in the story; discovering the similarities and differences existing between both art forms as methods to “capture memories.”

Lesson plan:
(After your visit)

Keeping in mind the exhibition viewed during their visit to The Gallery, or using the “Search the Collection” feature of The Reuben R. Sallows Digital Library, students are asked to take a look at Sallows’ depiction of farm life during the early 20th century, discuss changes that have taken place in the last 100 years, and imagine the buildings and machinery on a farm of the future.

Activity: Build a Farm of the Future
Introduction: Using objects made of various materials, students design a futuristic farm complete with buildings and machinery
Target Group: Grades 4-6
Duration: Three 1 hour sessions
Objective: Students will become familiar with the variety of materials and techniques used to explore the theme of farm life over the ages
Materials: In addition to regular supplies found in the classroom, suggested materials include small pieces of hardware, wood, metal, cardboard, foam core and other found objects sessions
Resources: Anderson, Allan. Remembering the Farm: Memories of Farming, Ranching, and Rural Life in Canada, Past and Present. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1977.
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