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Happy Canada Day! Books & Activities


Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadian bloggers!


I decided to check out Amazon and see if they had any great books about Canada for kids (it's part of our Grade 1 curriculum).

I came across these sweet books ~ a series by the author Per-Henrik Gurth. I am definitely going to be buying them!


Click on this book to find the series.





And then I found this book, which is also going on my Amazon wish list. It's a take-off on Goodnight Moon.

Click on the book to go to Amazon.ca

When we study the symbols of Canada, one of the activities I love to do is have the kids build their own inukshuks  (the "uk" rhymes with "shook"). We go for a walk and collect several rocks each. Then they glue them together with the white drippy glue. The kids treasure their little rock sculptures.


Ours don't look quite as grand as this fellow above, but they DO turn out very well.

The other activity I love having them do, is to illustrate our national anthem "O Canada".

I print it out on chart paper and give each pair of students a line to interpret and illustrate. We have to do lots of talking about this beforehand, of course. I play a CD of different versions of our anthem (there's a rock version, country, French, etc) while they draw their pictures.  Then I tape the strips back together. It makes a beautiful display and is very meaningful to the kids. This would work with ANY anthem!!



18 comments

  1. Happy Canada Day!
    I am going to have to check out Good Night Canada. Have you seen Good Night Ipad? super cute

    sandi
    rubber boots and elf shoes

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  2. Right back at ya!
    No, I haven't. I'll check it out. Thanks:)

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  3. Happy Canada Day! Great book selection!
    Have a wonderful day!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties
    bakteach16@gmail.com

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  4. Happy Canada Day, my sweet Canadian friend! Have a great day! How cute are those books??

    Laura
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

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  5. Happy Canada Day! What does your family do to celebrate this holiday??????

    Lori

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    1. We hang our flag out front and watch fireworks. Sometimes we do a Canada Day run. Nothing too grand :))

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  6. Happy Canada Day! Just got back from camping and hoping to check out some fireworks tonight!!

    I just added "Goodnight Canada" to my list of books to buy this summer... so cute! And I love the idea of illustrating the national anthem. It would be cute to see the ideas of "Canada" that first graders have!

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoy the day!

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden

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    1. You're welcome:) You're going to buy the book! Does that mean you're a Canadian girl, too?

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  7. I've on idea what Canada Day is, but Happy Canada Day. (Is it like Independence Day for the US?)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Thanks for all your HAPPY wishes!!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Canada!! Your TX friends are celebrating with you.

    Smiles,

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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  10. Just stumbled across your blog! Another fellow Canadian blogger here!

    Goodnight Canada! What a cute book!!

    Ill have to check out your other posts!

    Renee
    The Reading Corner

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