Canadians Remember in November

Canadians Remember in November lesson plan

On Remembrance Day, Canadians honor fallen heroes and heroines. Create a 3-panel display to show why and how this event is observed.

  • 1.

    On November 11, 1918, at 11 o’clock a.m., World War I came to an end. A peace document was drawn up, called an armistice, which comes from Latin words meaning "arms (or weapons) stand still." November 11 was known as Armistice Day until 1931 when the Canadian Parliament changed the name to Remembrance Day.

  • 2.

    Every November 11 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) Canadians remember those who died during the First and Second World Wars, in Korea and Afghanistan, and in numerous peacekeeping operations. Find out what Canadians do on this special patriotic day. If possible, invite veterans to come talk to students. Ask students how other countries observe similar holidays, such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day?

  • 3.

    Cut a triptych, a 3-panel paper display. Fold heavy construction paper into thirds and crease. Cut the corners off the top edges with Crayola® Scissors. Unfold.

  • 4.

    Design the display. On each section, use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw and color pictures that depict how Canadians honor Remembrance Day. Show going to church services, observing a moment of silence, and visiting war memorials to lay a wreath. If you make a mistake or change your mind, just erase and continue with your project!

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures.

Adaptations

  • Students investigate similarities and differences between how Canadians observe Remembrance Day and US citizens observe Veterans' Day.
  • Students investigate other Canadian holidays and observations such as Holocaust Remembrance Month and Holocaust Remembrance Day.