Many activities are directed towards youth. Here are the links for them:

The solutions are also available in PDF.

Without me
The following crossword puzzle is as solid as a house. Use the right letters and find the hidden house.
Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/youthzone/without-me.html

Your House in Order
Would you like to be a building inspector for one day?
Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/youthzone/in-order.html

Chasing Customs
Do you know the places and items of your house that are tied to ancient customs? Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maiso Read More
Many activities are directed towards youth. Here are the links for them:

The solutions are also available in PDF.

Without me
The following crossword puzzle is as solid as a house. Use the right letters and find the hidden house.
Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/youthzone/without-me.html

Your House in Order
Would you like to be a building inspector for one day?
Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/youthzone/in-order.html

Chasing Customs
Do you know the places and items of your house that are tied to ancient customs? Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/youthzone/customs.html

The solutions are also available in PDF files.
Link: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/youthzone/activities.html

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Workshop for 3rd cycle elementary school - duration 30 minutes

Become immersed in the fascinating world of architecture. While acquiring basic knowledge, students become apprentice architects. This workshop calls on the creative and scientific potential of students for an unforgettable experience.

General description

It may be pertinent to begin the activity by probing pupils as to the knowledge they already possess, by discussing on different types of dwellings they know about. They will, thereafter, be given a form representing various types of dwellings (igloo, castle, modern house, etc.), people (Inuit, Lord of the manor, modern family, etc.), followed by the specific characteristics of each. Pupils will be asked to associate residents to their proper homes, with respect to the time period and types of dwellings. The activity ends with a group discussion by which the teacher encourages pupils to bring up differences/similarities between the different architectural styles of the dwellings, to talk about the work of architects, the diversity of dwelling types in terms of environmental conditions, e Read More
Workshop for 3rd cycle elementary school - duration 30 minutes

Become immersed in the fascinating world of architecture. While acquiring basic knowledge, students become apprentice architects. This workshop calls on the creative and scientific potential of students for an unforgettable experience.

General description


It may be pertinent to begin the activity by probing pupils as to the knowledge they already possess, by discussing on different types of dwellings they know about. They will, thereafter, be given a form representing various types of dwellings (igloo, castle, modern house, etc.), people (Inuit, Lord of the manor, modern family, etc.), followed by the specific characteristics of each. Pupils will be asked to associate residents to their proper homes, with respect to the time period and types of dwellings. The activity ends with a group discussion by which the teacher encourages pupils to bring up differences/similarities between the different architectural styles of the dwellings, to talk about the work of architects, the diversity of dwelling types in terms of environmental conditions, etc.

** See Pupils' Reproductible File Card: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/prozone/young_architects_p6.html
Educational objective

Lead pupils to discover the work of architects, recognise certain architectural characteristics, and raise their awareness as to the diversity of past and present dwelling types.

Disciplinary skills
The social world
  • Interpreting social change within a given territory.
  • Understanding the organisation of space, time, and society.
  • Fostering openness to social and territorial diversity.
Essential knowledge
  • Identifying the principal changes that have occurred in the organisation of a society and its territory.
  • Finding the traces of change in our own society and territory

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General description

This activity initially calls for a word search in a dictionary, so that pupils can acquire some vocabulary specific to architecture and better understand the terms used. This places pupils in the context, allowing them to better complete their task - they are given an illustration of a house and asked to identify the major construction elements. Depending on the age and grade of pupils, the activity can be simplified by handing out a list of the elements to be identified, or made more complex by removing the list and asking them to find the terms by themselves, using a dictionary or other support.

** See Pupils' Reproducible File card: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/prozone/young_architects_p7.html

Educational objective
To become familiar with architectural terminology.

Disciplinary skills Read More
General description

This activity initially calls for a word search in a dictionary, so that pupils can acquire some vocabulary specific to architecture and better understand the terms used. This places pupils in the context, allowing them to better complete their task - they are given an illustration of a house and asked to identify the major construction elements. Depending on the age and grade of pupils, the activity can be simplified by handing out a list of the elements to be identified, or made more complex by removing the list and asking them to find the terms by themselves, using a dictionary or other support.

** See Pupils' Reproducible File card: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/prozone/young_architects_p7.html

Educational objective
To become familiar with architectural terminology.

Disciplinary skills
The social world
  • Interpreting societal change within a given territory.
  • Fostering openness to social and territorial diversity.
Essential knowledge
  • Identifying the principal changes that have occurred in the organisation of a society and its territory.
  • Finding the traces of change in our own society and territory.

© Société d'histoire du Lac St-Jean, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

General description
This is an opportunity to identify the various stages of house construction. Pupils are asked to make a chronological list of the eight stages in the construction of a building. The activity calls for logical reasoning and the ability to find solutions. This will be useful to them later when they will be asked to reflect on a problem or plan a project. A suggestion for the end of the activity would be to draw a parallel between the construction of a house and the elaboration of a written text.

** See Pupils' Reproducible File Card: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/prozone/young_architects_p8.html

Educational objective
Learn about the logical order of the principal stages of house construction.

Disciplinary skills
The social world
Read More
General description
This is an opportunity to identify the various stages of house construction. Pupils are asked to make a chronological list of the eight stages in the construction of a building. The activity calls for logical reasoning and the ability to find solutions. This will be useful to them later when they will be asked to reflect on a problem or plan a project. A suggestion for the end of the activity would be to draw a parallel between the construction of a house and the elaboration of a written text.

** See Pupils' Reproducible File Card: http://www.museevirtuel.ca/Exhibitions/Maison/en/prozone/young_architects_p8.html

Educational objective
Learn about the logical order of the principal stages of house construction.

Disciplinary skills
The social world
  • Interpreting societal change within a given territory.
  • Fostering openness to social and territorial diversity.
Essential knowledge
  • Identifying the principal changes that have occurred in the organisation of a society and its territory.
  • Finding the traces of change in our own society and territory.
Suggestions for Additional Activities
The following are a few ideas for additional activities :
  • Pupils can bring pictures of their homes and investigate the date of construction, architectural style, number of rooms, etc..
  • Pupils can find an original way to present their findings to their classmates

© Société d'histoire du Lac St-Jean, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • describe the evolution of homes in Canada and the architectural influences that have marked them;
  • compare house styles and materials used in the past with those used today, then identify similarities and differences between them;
  • assess the impact of some materials on the environment and the manufacturing (and architectural style) of houses;
  • explain the influence of history (for example: the Conquest, the Confederation) on the architectural style and its evolution.

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