Inside: Our Canadian Symbols Bags.
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”.
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.
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.
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:)
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.
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.
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!