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Time Capsule Activities

In 1909 during construction of the Alberta Legislature Building, a time capsule was placed inside the cornerstone. It was removed and opened in 2012 in celebration of the centennial of the official opening of the building.

A number of educational activities have been developed in connection with this exciting event. These activities have direct connections to the Alberta Social Studies Program of Studies and are applicable to all grade levels.

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Explore the Grounds

The Alberta Legislature Grounds offer a variety of activities and sights for visitors. A fun new way to learn and discover the 30 historical monuments is to take a scavenger hunt. Simply print these documents and go exploring.

The Scavenger Hunts are appropriate for all grade levels.

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Mock Legislature

The Mock Legislature is a simulation activity for grade 6 students and an opportunity to experience what it's like to be part of the parliamentary process. This challenging activity is structured so that every student can participate in the debate. Using replicas of the apparel and the symbolic items actually used in the Legislature, students are guided through the stages of the passage of a bill.

The Mock Legislature program is appropriate for grade 6 and 9.



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A Mace-ing Alberta

A-Mace-ing Alberta offers an overview of Alberta symbols and emblems and how they came to be chosen to represent the province.

A-Mace-ing Alberta is appropriate for grade 6.

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Parliamentary Traditions and Trivia

Parliamentary Traditions and Trivia provides a fascinating description of some of the longstanding traditions and rituals of the parliamentary system and explains their historical roots. Also included is a collection of parliamentary trivia pertaining to Alberta's Legislative Assembly.

Parliamentary Traditions and Trivia is appropriate for grade 6.

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Educational Newsletters

The monthly Educational Newsletter is a user friendly, thematic resource for teachers that concentrates on a specific topic each month and includes learning outcomes, suggested student activities and resource links and videos.

The Educational Newsletters are appropriate for grades 6 and 9.

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A New Provincial Holiday

This drawing and writing activity asks students to create a brand new holiday for Alberta.

A New Provincial Holiday is appropriate for grade 6.

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Commonwealth Activity

Explore and compare the different Commonwealth countries through research and collaboration with this exciting resource.

Commonwealth Activity is appropriate for grade 6.

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My Coat of Arms

Consider symbolism and history by designing your own Coat of Arms.

My Coat of Arms is appropriate for grade 6.

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Make a Mace

In this lesson students will learn about the Mace used by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, including the history of the mace and what it is used for today. Students will also learn about other provincial symbols and be able to construct their very own mace! See accompanying videos to learn more.

Make a Mace is appropriate for grade 6.

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The Government of Alberta vs the Crown

This slideshow presentation explores an important Constitutional event in Alberta's history.

The Government of Alberta vs the Crown is appropriate for grade 9.

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From Idea to Law: The Legislative Process

Did you ever wonder how laws are made and passed in Alberta? Learn more in this video, one of the educational components developed for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta's Agora Interpretive Centre.

From Idea to Law: The Legislative Process is appropriate for grade 6.



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English Language Learners

The ELL tour is supplemented by activity books developed for a variety of learning levels, utilizing the Canadian language benchmarks (CLB). The activity books, written for CLB levels 1 through 8, include pretour reading and speaking exercises that will introduce students to related vocabulary, Alberta's legislative history, the democratic process and present-day provincial representatives. All materials will provide context for what visitors will experience on the tour and further their learning outcomes.

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