School program

Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre Free Field TripOur school program is specifically designed to support grade four to six students’ curriculum guidelines, as outlined by the British Columbia Ministry of Education. Please see our Curriculum Connections-MOE.

We will resume in-person presentations in the 2020-2021 school year. Please click on the blue bar below for online resources to support your distance education at this time.

Your students will learn about Canada’s largest and most diversified port through activities that encourage:

    • learning through doing, watching, hearing and reading
    • reflection and inquiry
    • thinking critically and creatively
    • communicating through listening, actions, words and pictures

Presentation videos

We hope you are all staying safe and well. We are adapting to new ways of working and utilizing our creativity and innovation right now. The in-person presentations are currently on-hold and we brainstormed ways to bring our education experience to you and your students. We recorded the education presentation, normally given in either the Port of Vancouver Discovery Centre or in-class, into eight segments with activities and online content to support them. Please join Lisa (in her basement!) to learn more about the Port of Vancouver.


Education presentation: What happens at the Port of Vancouver?

Video part 1: An introduction to what a port is, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and what happens at the port of Vancouver.

Activities
Drawing: What happens at the Port of Vancouver-instructions, what happens at the Port of Vancouver – activity sheet
Kahoot game: Port vocabulary
Activity: Port vocabulary wordsearch, Port vocabulary wordsearch answer key
Infographic: What is a Canada port authority
Video: Port of Vancouver – aerial tour
Matching Activity: Maps activity – teacher instructions, maps – activity sheet, maps activity answer sheet


Education presentation: Automobiles

Video part 2: Information about the five business sectors at the Port of Vancouver. The first is automobile.


Education presentation: Breakbulk

Video part 3: Information about the five business sectors at the Port of Vancouver. The second is breakbulk.

Activities
Video: What it feels like to be on a log drive on B.C.’s Fraser River


Education presentation: Bulk

Video part 4: Information about the five business sectors at the Port of Vancouver. The third is bulk, focusing on the top four exports: coal, grain, potash and sulphur.

Activities
Video: Sulphur – behind the scenes at Vancouver Wharves
Video: Port and mining community connection
Video: Sulphur –  scientific explanation
Video: Potash – how it’s made


Education presentation: Container

Video part 5: Information about the five business sectors at the Port of Vancouver. The fourth is container.

Activities
Website activity: Journey of a shipping container: The Port of Vancouver plays a critical role in Canada’s trade. Learn about the history of containers, benefits of containers, what is inside containers. Learn about some import and export stories.
Activity: Port of Vancouver container maze
Video: Containerization


Education presentation: Cruise

Video part 6: Information about the five business sectors at the Port of Vancouver. The fifth is cruise.

Activities
Video: Cruise  (start at 43 seconds in)


Education presentation: Environment

Video part 7: Information about the environmental team at the Port Authority and a few of the projects they are working on.

Activities
Website: Shore power
Video: Shore power
Video: ECHO 
Video: Cleaning up the Fraser River


Education presentation: International trade and moving goods

Video part 8: The conclusion of the presentation with international trade and the story of an import.

Activities
Discussion: The importance of international trade – discussion questions
Kahoot Game: International trade at the Port of Vancouver
People of the Port – occupations
Video: Harbour patrol officer
Video: Paul the blueberry farmer
Video: Colleen with Freshpoint Produce
Video: Dave the tug boat captain
Video: Logistics and chickpeas


Presentation review

Activities
Activity: Crossword puzzle, crossword puzzle answer key
Activity: Review – environment, cruise
Activity: Review – trade, RoRo
Kahoot game: Port of Vancouver Trivia Challenge

Other related resources
Minerals Education – learning resources
Vancouver Maritime Museum – #VMM Online Tools
Fraser River Discovery Centre – [email protected]!
North Vancouver Museum and Archives – online programs
Buster Bear Adventures – suitable for younger grades
Part 1
“Go West, Young Bear, A Buster Bear Adventure”, Captain Nemo sends Buster on a quest around Vancouver… Buster
learns about First Nations settlements in the area, and the history of Moodyville, and its famous mill…”

Part 2
In this next episode in Buster Bear’s Vancouver quest, Steve Adore fills Buster in on the importance of containers to
shipping, and how the first containers EVER were shipped from North Vancouver… Buster gets a bird’s-eye “bearspective”
on Burrard Inlet, and all the amazing things that move through the port each year…”

Booking information for in-person presentations

NOTE: We will resume in-person presentations in the 2020-2021 school year. The booking calendar will become available in the summer and presentations are for grade 4-6 elementary school classes.  

Reviews and feedback

“Thank you so much for your presentation and to the port authority for providing a free educational field trip. The students and I were engaged and learned more about the port in an entertaining format. The hands-on activities, that included the map puzzle, the load-the-carrier race, and touchscreen assignment, enhanced their understanding. They were also moving their legs that broke up the sit-and-listen period. The students can now explain to their peers and parents the sights and sound that encircle the Burrard Inlet and the other coasts of Metro Vancouver. The presentation thrilled us!”

“Awesome program that provides a memorable day full of learning- thank you!”

“The program was well run and well paced. The students enjoyed the program and everyone (including myself and the parent volunteers) learned a lot about the port and the activities that happen there. I look forward to taking future classes to this program.”

“I was so impressed with this program. Been teaching 25 years and I have to say it was one of the most organized, clearly laid out and interesting field trips I’ve been on.”

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