Free Canadian Symbols Bag

Every year, for as long as I can remember, I've taught a Canada unit in June. In Grade 1, learning about Canada means learning the name of our country, being able to find it on a map, and becoming familiar with the symbols.

It's the last unit I teach because it leads right into Canada Day.

But this year we were still on strike in September and didn't resume teaching until the 22nd. 

Soooo....that meant I ran out of time to teach my Canada unit! And I LOVE this unit. It's just a lot of fun making our booklets and crafts and creating a large Canada anthem mural.

So I decided to cram it in the last week of school. I knew there was no time to teach my usual unit, so I improvised and came up with my "Canadian Symbols Bags".

The Bags

As you can see I gave the kids white bags and a map of Canada. They coloured our province, glued it onto the bag and decorated. The bags are key because they held all the fun Canadian symbols crafts we made.

White lunch bags decorated with Canadian flags and a map are used to store our Canadian symbols crafts.


Our Stick Puppets

I was worried that these easy-peasy little puppets would be boring for the kids, but they actually liked making them. They were super simple, but I think that's what they needed those last few hectic, HOT days.

Grade Ones coloured paper RCMP characters and glued them to craft sticks for a stick puppet.
Click image to grab a copy of mountie (art by Philip Martin)


The Beaver, Oh the Beaver

Haha, I couldn't resist! That's a lyric from "Canada in My Pocket" by Michael Mitchell (though I just realized I forgot to play it this year! That's shameful, now that I think about it). 

In any case, these little beavers were the absolute highlight of our micro unit. I can't believe how much fun the kids had hunting for just the right pinecone.

BUT, they were a little bit tricky to put together. Especially their tails. We used paper, as you can see, but next time I might try felt. Despite some difficulties, it kept them quietly and happily busy for a good hour:)

Grade 1s used pinecones to make a beaver as part of our Canadian symbols unit.

The Great White North

Inuksuit is plural for inukshuk.  These are man-made stone landmarks found in the Arctic region of Canada. Inuksuk (or inukshuk) means "in the likeness of a human" or "you are on the right path". Usually we make our inuksuit out of pebbles, but this year we sponge painted them because it was faster, and then I didn't have to worry about them falling apart later.


Grade 1 students used sponges to paint these colourful inuksuit for Canada Day.

The Canada Goose

As you can see, this little guy is made mostly from hearts. And no, my students didn't cut them out. A few of them can fold and cut a heart shape but I just didn't have the time to pull small groups and oversee the heart cutting (although that WAS my initial plan). 

Instead, I cut them all out during one of my preps. It was remarkably fast (maybe 20 minutes) because I tripled and quadrupled the paper. And I'm glad I did it that way because I know a few of my sweeties would have been in tears ... not to mention the mountains of wasted paper that would have resulted.

When we glued them together I had a model up on the white board so that everyone had a visual while they listened to my directions.

Most of the geese (like this beauty below) ended up looking pretty great, but there were a few wonky ones as well :)

You can get the goose template from DLTK.


Grade 1 students used paper hearts to create a Canada goose for our Canadian symbols unit.

Our last craft (and my favourite) was our Canada Day deely bobbers (or boppers, depending on your preference).  But I'm saving those for my next post, which will also include a little tutorial, 'cause they were a bit tricky, too. However, they were SO cute and are totally worth doing!

And in case you're wondering, we also spent a lot of time reading some great Canadian themed books, watching a few videos and discussing the meaning of the symbols. You can find all of that, plus a themed book right here.

Are you a Canadian blogger? I'd love for you to link up your best unit in the comments.

See you next time!


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Symbols of Canada Bag. Perfect for 1st and 2nd Grade. Lots of fun craft ideas to fill your Canada bag.





10 comments

  1. I had to cut "Ponds" out this year to get my Canada unit in. We performed Canada in my Pocket" for the parents who came to our year-end picnic last Wednesday. I love that the kids love that song as much as I do. I'm thinking about having my class write to Michael Mitchell next year to ask him to consider writing a loonie and toonie verse.

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    1. That's too bad about the pond's unit. I feel like my math might have suffered a bit took the the strike.
      Writing to Michael Mitchell is a great idea! He performed at our school a few years ago and was just awesome...tons of energy. Glad you were able to give Canada the time it deserves:)

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  2. Oh, I love your puppets! And I'm glad you still got in the unit, even though it had to be abbreviated.
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I'm happy I fit it in, too.

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  3. I've got Canada in my pocket - a little bit of history ...
    Love your inuksuit. They are on our list for next year. This year I had two days (each with an assembly) - it was either Canada or explosions. Explosions won!

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    1. I love that song!
      Can't imagine why explosions won, haha!

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  4. Come visit my blog sometime. I teach Grade 2 in Sherwood Park, Alberta which is a bedroom community of Edmonton.
    sherry-matheson.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, neighbour:)

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  5. Your first graders must have loved this! I bet they had fun showing off their projects at home too.
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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    1. It was pretty low key, so yes, they had lots of fun with it. Not sure how much they learned, haha, but hopefully they'll remember something!

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