This is a fun resource to do with your students during Canada’s 150th anniversary year, 2017 (and can be used at any time after that, too!).
Included are the following:
1) A master list of all 150 topics, in alphabetical order. This is for the teachers’ use but might be useful for students as well;
2) 150 cards,numbered from 1-150, in alphabetical order. There are ten cards on a page and are designed with cutting lines so that they can be cut up individually (and laminated if you wish);
3) A blank page of 10 cards, with no numbers and no topics, for adding more topics (this could be used by students as well to add their own ideas);
4) 5 writing activities (you will likely to be able to think of many more!);
5) The same alphabetical collection of 150 cards, but without the numbers. This will allow you to sort them as you like or to discard any that would not work for your class.
I know that with so many topics that relate to Canada, I will have missed some that you might think important. For example, I did not include the NHL, but did include Hockey, the Stanley Cup, and Winter Sports. I included a number of historical figures, but only a small number. I have avoided entertainment figures (although there is a card for Our Musical Performers) and only included a few famous athletes. There are many cards relating to food, to historical events, and to geographic features. Each province and territory has its own card and some Canadian landmarks are included as well. Some topics are specific, some more general. I hope I have included topics from all over the country, some being more regional than others. Many of your students might not know about things that are quite familiar to kids in other parts of Canada. This is a chance for them to do some research and find out more. Internet access is needed for the research topics.
The writing topics include:
1) Five Paragraph Writing - Three Great Things about Canada: Students choose three random cards and write paragraphs about the positive traits of each topic;
2) 8 Things You Should Know About ___ : Students choose a card and create eight research questions about the topic for either themselves or a classmate to answer;
3) Compare and Contrast: Two topics are chosen for comparing and contrasting;
4) Design Your Own Dream Project: students choose a topic (randomly might be fun!) and design a project they might (or only theoretically) present to the class;
5) Students in groups of 4 (or perhaps more) choose topics and list words associated with it and other groups or the whole class try to guess the topic.