Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States where he and his family remained for 11 years. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community.

Program Features

  • All programs require a minimum of 10 students
  • Programs are 1.5 hours (half-day option) or 3 hours (full day option) in length
  • All programs include a tour through the museum with a costumed interpreter
  • Programs are based on inquiry-based learning
  • All programs include hands-on components in an authentic mid-19th century farm house
  • Option for half-day programs: bring your own lunch to eat on site in our program room for $25 per half hour

To book a school trip to Gibson House, please contact the museum directly:
5172 Yonge Street
gibsonhouse@toronto.ca
416-395-7432

Students will:

  • Make scones and butter in the 1850’s open hearth kitchen

Add on two of the following:

  • Card sheep’s fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill
  • Play with 19th-century toys and games, and learn about the Gibson family children
  • Explore social and family roles from the 19th-century through inquiry-based discussion and examination of historic images and clothing

1.5 hour program ($4.43 per student plus tax)

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies

Grade 1 Topic: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

  • Students will examine various roles, relationships and responsibilities, how and why these may change and how they are connected to one’s identity, culture and sense of self.

Grade 2 Topic: Changing Family and Community Traditions

  • Students will describe similarities and differences in which people in two or more communities in different parts of the world meet their needs and have adapted to the location, climate, and physical features of their regions.

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century.

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, human activity and the environment

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

  • Dip candles and learn about lighting
  • Play with 19-century toys and games and learn about school days
  • Card and spin sheep’s fleece and explore textile production
  • Investigate textile production with weaving activities, while learning about the loom

1.5 hour non-food program ($4.43 per student plus tax)

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies

Grade 1 Topic: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

  • Students will examine various roles, relationships and responsibilities, how and why these may change and how they are connected to one’s identity, culture and sense of self.

Grade 2 Topic: Changing Family and Community Traditions

  • Students will describe similarities and differences in which people in two or more communities in different parts of the world meet their needs and have adapted to the location, climate, and physical features of their regions.

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century.

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, human activity and the environment

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

  • Students will use 19th-century recipes and techniques to prepare and enjoy a mid-day meal

Choose two of the following:

  • Card sheep’s fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill
  • Play with 19th-century toys and games, and learn about the Gibson family children
  • Explore social and family roles from the 19th-century through inquiry-based discussion and examination of historic images and clothing
  • Program includes 30 minutes in the program room to eat lunch at no extra charge

3 hour program ($8.63 per student plus tax)

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century.

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, human activity and the environment

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

  • Students will use 19th-century recipes and techniques to prepare and enjoy a mid-day meal
  • Identify issues that led David Gibson and the local community to join the rebellion of 1837
  • Explore rebellion personalities through a rebellion re-enactment activity
  • Program includes 30 minutes in the program room to eat lunch at no extra charge

3 hour program ($8.63 per student plus tax)

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: History

Grade 5 Topic: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

  • Students will assess responses of governments in Canada to some significant issues, and develop plans of action for governments and citizens to address social and environmental issues. Students will analyze social issues from various perspectives, including the perspective of the government responsible for addressing the issues.

Grade 6 Topic: Communities in Canada, Past and Present

  • Students will assess contributions to Canadian identity made by various groups, specifically the story of David Gibson and his family. Students will use the inquiry process to investigate different perspectives on the historical experiences of several distinct communities in Toronto.

Grade 7 Topic: Canada, 1800 – 1850, Conflict and Challenges

  • Students will analyze aspects of the lives of various groups in Toronto between 1800 and 1850 and use the historical inquiry process to investigate perspectives of different groups relating to the rebellion of 1837.

Grades 1 to 3: Holiday Preparations

  • Students will make gingerbread over the open hearth
  • Play with 19-century toys and games
  • Make a 19th century holiday toy to take home.
  • Participate in a traditional Scottish first footing ceremony
  • Card and spin sheep’s fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill

2 hours ($4.87 per student plus tax)

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Holiday Season Programming

Grade 1 Topic: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

  • Students will examine various roles, relationships and responsibilities, how and why these may change and how they are connected to one’s identity, culture and sense of self.

Grade 2 Topic: Changing family and community traditions

  • Students will use the inquiry process to investigate some of the past and present traditions and celebrations within their community.

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century.

Grades 3 & 4: Gibson Holiday Adventures

Holiday program available from November 1st to January 30th

  • Students will make a holiday-inspired mid-day meal
  • Students will learn about different holiday traditions, including how the Gibson Family celebrated the holidays.
  • Card and spin sheep’s fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill
  • Play with 19-century toys and games

3 hour program ($8.85 per student plus tax)

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Holiday Season Programming

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century.

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.