Canada Day FREEBIES!

Inside: Lots of free classroom ideas for Canada Day, including an "Symbols of Canada" book.

Happy Canada Day to our beautiful country!

We spent the last two weeks of school (YES! I'm on summer vacay now!) learning about the symbols of Canada.

Here's a peak at some of the fun stuff we did.

Our Inukshuks

We went for a walk around our school and the kids collected rocks. I said no more than 10 but some of them had their pockets bulging with 20 or more rocks. Haha!

They had a blast building these. It took some time and patience, but not too much and everyone was very successful.  In years past I've had them glue the rocks together with white craft glue but this year I didn't bother. They took their rocks home and hopefully rebuilt their inukshuks.

Canadian Beavers

These beavers crack me up!  BTW, they did these completely independently while I was doing assessments.

I had the kids paint those flimsy paper plates with brown tempera paint. After the paint dried they coloured and glued on the beaver's features.

In the freebie below I have a link to the directions.

Illustrating Our Anthem

After singing a gazillion different versions of "O Canada" (okay, six) and reading/discussing these books, I put the kids in pairs and give them each a phrase from our anthem. Their job is to illustrate the words. They always rise to the challenge and do an amazing job!

Symbols of Canada Freebie

Here's the freebie I promised. It's my 18-page Canadian Symbols mini-unit.

Click on this image to grab the whole pack.

This is a sample of what you'll find. There are also links to YouTube videos that I found useful, a map, a copy of the anthem, a few simple writing pages and more.

I hope you can use this. Leave some love if you grab it :))

Happy Canada Day!

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  1. This is Great Barb and the kids did an awesome job of their pictures on the National Anthem lines.


  2. Thank you so much for sharing your hard important for Canadian children to have some knowledge of their country.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your hard important for Canadian children to have some knowledge of their country.

  4. Looks like you had a great last few days at school! What great ideas you have! I'll be sure to remember them for next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Mrs. Mathis’ Homeroom

  5. Hi Barb. Hooray! Glad you are on break now! :-)

    Enjoy it!

    Teaching Little Miracles

  6. Happy Canada Day and happy summer!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  7. The kids did a wonderful job with their rocks. Yay for fun activities that keeps them busy while we have to assess! Enjoy your summer!
    Conversations in Literacy

  8. I love the idea of illustrating the national anthem! That would be a very fun activity (and goes great with the SS curriculum!)

    First Grade Garden

  9. The inukshuks are cool. I know the Canadian anthem because I watch too much hockey! haha Illustrating the anthem is a great idea! I hope you've been enjoying your first few days of summer vacay!

  10. Thanks for all your lovely comments and Happy Canada Day!

  11. Thank you Barb. This looks fabulous!!


  12. Symbols is one of my favorite units! And after my recent trip, I have seen almost all of the US ones in person. Looks great!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  13. Barb, this is a great little mini unit. I love what you did with the anthem. Thanks for sharing.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury

  14. You are so generous ... thank you so much!

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