Well, it is June and there is no better time to introduce the Canada Day holiday to your students. I have searched the web and have asked colleagues about favourites for teaching about Canada and Canada Day. Since150 would put this post way over the maximum word count, I have pulled together 15. I hope this helps you and your students with your holiday preparation. The resources are listed in alphabetical order. If you have any that I have missed please add them through the comments feature below.
Happy Canada Day!
Resources for a happy Canada day and beyond
- Canada Network’s Canada Class Lessons (https://www.thecanadanetwork.com/canada-lessons)
The Canada Network has shared some introduction to Canadian culture lessons that may be useful for you Canada Day lesson. The activities, Canadian culture, Canadian history and Canadian ESL are downloadable and printable.
- CBC’s Canada Day – I Spy Game (http://bit.ly/2rtdIPh)
The I Spy Canada Game is a printable Where’s Waldo style game for three levels. It contains a worksheet and an answer key. It is a short activity but might be used as an ice breaker or a bridge into Canada Day.
- Educatall’s Canada Day activities. (http://bit.ly/2rGAGRE)
This page provides a bevy of ideas for learning about Canada and Canada Day with younger learners. Most of the linked activities require membership.
- ESL Library’s Canada Day Podcast for Beginners (http://bit.ly/2sDQJob)
This sample podcast features a reading about Canada Day. Start listening at 23 seconds with your students. Students listen to basic vocabulary and concepts about Canada Day. With a subscription, this lesson includes vocabulary review worksheets and an information gap activity.
- ESOL Course’s Canadian Learning Activities (http://www.esolcourses.com/topics/canada.html)
ESOL Course’s Free English Lessons online has shared a mix of Canadian themed activities. The videos comprehension activities provide students with instant feedback
- Government of Canada – About Ottawa Lesson Plans (http://bit.ly/2tdhbSt)
If you and your students cannot make it to Ottawa, the government of Canada has two resources, The Gathering Place and Canada’s Capital Treasures. These are complete themed lessons with multimedia activities. The complete set of lessons and activities can be downloaded and printed in PDF format. Also have a look at the Canada Day Teachers’ Resources page (http://bit.ly/2tdi2m6)
- Explore Canada – Retro CALL lesson (http://bit.ly/2rGL1gr)
Ok so my bell-bottoms are showing. Explore Canada was a program distributed to LINC centres across Ontario around 1998. If you still have a class set of CDs you may be able to have the students complete some of the Canadian language learning activities on laptops that still have CD players.
- Janis’s ESL Home Page Canada (http://bit.ly/2rBqpux)
ISS of BC hosts Janice’s ESL page that includes quite a few Canada themed online learning activities. Most of these are curated, but I suspect that some have been created in house using tools such as Hot Potatoes. This site contains a lot of links to listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and quizzes within the Canadian category.
- TCET’s LINC Home study: Canadian Corner (http://bit.ly/2sDIW9U)
Canadian Corner has two sections, Canadian Readings and Canadian Citizenship Test. The citizenship test questions are multiple choice. The readings draw on several Canadian historical and cultural topics. The readings are supported with a variety of activities to promote comprehension and communication in the classroom.
- LINC learning objects – Multiple Level – Category Canada
Most of us are very familiar with the LINC learning objects. In each of the levels one through four there is a Canada and a Canadian Culture theme. Some of these could be used to generate some awareness and excitement for celebrating Canada Day.
- Pinterest’s Canada-150 Resources (http://bit.ly/2slWyn5)
Pinterest is a visual social media repository of community contributed resources. In the 150 and Canada Pinterest search result, there are a mountain of infographics, recipes, worksheets and more activities for you to use with your students.
- Pinterest’s Canadian Teaching Ideas Resources (http://bit.ly/2sJ16qw)
Pinterest is not just for wedding planners and recipe swappers! Have a look a t this Pinterest collection of lesson ideas for all types of classes. As with the previous entry there are so many of resources that you may have to set a time limit before you start looking.
- Statistics Canada Stats (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/start)
There are many resources on this page that can be leveraged by creative instructors. An example is the infographics page. It contains thirty-six printable infographics presenting Canadian characteristics in a contemporary and visually pleasing way.
- Teacher Planet’s Canada Day Resources (http://www.teacherplanet.com/node/275)
The Teacher Planet folks have curated Canadian activities and resources from others sites. There are a few lesson, printables and activities at this location.
What’s your favourite resource?
So, there you have it. Fifteen Canada Day + resources that you can use in your classroom. And if you don’t have time to teach it before Canada Day this year, most of these are a great resource any time of year.
Let us know what you’re favourite Canada themed resource is by posting it below.