This Canada Day bundle includes 3 resources from my store at a discounted price. Any or all of the three would be perfect to do in the weeks leading up to Canada Day. Each of the resources can be viewed individually by clicking on the links:
O Canada Differentiated Texts Activities Grades 5-8
150 Writing Prompts about Canada
Canada Day Informational Texts and Activities
O Canada - Our National Anthem (Differentiated, grades 5-8)
---This resource begins with a student survey about our national anthem, great for initiating discussion and finding out what students know or what they think!. An answer key is included for the survey.
---The passages (both levels are titled “O Canada, The Story of our National Anthem”) are written at two levels for a total of just over four text pages. The higher level text, designed for grades 7-8 is slightly longer and includes a bit of extra information. There is a page of comprehension and opinion questions that is the same for both levels. An answer key is included.
The passages cover the history of our national anthem included the changes that were officially introduced in 2018 for the lyrics of the English version. At the end of both sets of texts is a brief passage about MP Mauril Belanger who was instrumental in changing the lyrics after introducing the private member’s bill in 2016.
--- Also included on page 3 are three versions of O Canada: the French version, the new English lyrics version, and the bilingual version.
Writing Prompts and Activities, 150 Things to Love about Canada:
I designed this to use in 2017 but there is no reason it cannot be used now or later! (There is no reference to Canada 150):
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.
Canada Day! this resource includes:
1. An approximately 500-word informational text titled “How Canada Became a Country” about the events that led to Confederation on July 1st in 1867 (the text may be challenging for some Grade 4 students, do check the preview to see how it would work with your class);
2. and 3. Two pages of vocabulary work, opinion questions, comprehension questions, and main idea questions to accompany the informational text;
4. A writing prompt (with photo) asking students to write about their favourite memories of Canada Day, or how they think the holiday should be celebrated;
5. A graphic of an original government poster from ca 1947 that was made to boost tourism: students are asked to describe the Canadian symbols they see in the poster and then make their own version for modern tourists;
6. Words Within Words puzzle for the phrase “Fun and Fireworks”. There is an extra component to this puzzle - words that students can find in the phrase turn up as words to be used in a fill-in-the-blank activity (which is all about Canada - hint: 3-letter words begin at number 1 and longer words are used progressively through to number 15);
7. Answer keys for the worksheets accompanying the informational text and the Words Within Words activities