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Cool Canada: Amazing People, Inventions, Places, Events and Phenomena

In this lesson, students will develop creative and critical thinking skills as they examine the Canadian Identity -- its elements and the influences that go into its creation and evolution. The activities guide the students to make informed decisions based on logical reasoning and backup evidence. Teachers are encouraged to adapt the activities and evaluation strategies to complement their individual programs and the age group and abilities of their students.

Downloadable Formats

Title Description Alternate
Cool Canada:
Amazing People, Inventions, Places, Events and Phenomena
Synopsis and overall expectations [PDF 76 KB]
[RTF 757 KB]
Unit Organizer A table summarizing the activities and handouts [PDF 78 KB]
[RTF 769 KB]
Lesson 1
In Search of an Identity
Students establish a definition of the term identity [PDF 87 KB]
[RTF 774 KB]
Handout 1.1
In Search of an Identity
  [PDF 68 KB]
[RTF 769 KB]
Handout 1.2
Making Generalizations
  [PDF 71 KB]
[RTF 767 KB]
Handout 1.3
Narrowing Your Choices
  [PDF 72 KB]
[RTF 770 KB]
Handout 1.4
How Well do you Know the Terms?
  [PDF 73 KB]
[RTF 770 KB]
Handout 1.5
Evaluation Rubric
  [PDF 71 KB]
[RTF 772 KB]
Lesson 2
What's In a Symbol?
Students discover a list of Canadian symbols [PDF 90 KB]
[RTF 796 KB]
Handout 2.1
The Canadian Flag - Evaluating Its Effectiveness
  [PDF 81 KB]
[RTF 811 KB]
Handout 2.2
Choosing One from Many
  [PDF 79 KB]
[RTF 811 KB]
Handout 2.3
Evaluation Rubric
  [PDF 77 KB]
[RTF 804 KB]
Lesson 3
The Canadian Way - An Inquiry
Students become participants in a judicial inquiry [PDF 85 KB]
[RTF 803 KB]
Handout 3.1
Government Corporations and Departments
  [PDF 77 KB]
[RTF 811 KB]
Handout 3.2
Group Corporation or Department Presentation Organizer
  [PDF 73 KB]
[RTF 841 KB]
Handout 3.3
Inquiry Commissioners/Officials
  [PDF 77 KB]
[RTF 817 KB]
Handout 3.4
Commissioners' Presentation Organizer
  [PDF 73 KB]
[RTF 853 KB]
Handout 3.5
Evaluation Rubric - Inquiry Commissioners
  [PDF 76 KB]
[RTF 852 KB]
Handout 3.6
Evaluation Rubric - Government Corporations and Departments
  [PDF 78 KB]
[RTF 821 KB]
Supplementary Activity 1
Influences! Influences! Influences!
Students look at how factors affect the Canadian Identity [PDF 73 KB]
[RTF 842 KB]
Supplementary Activity 2
Put It in Writing
Students create a presentation portraying the Canadian Identity [PDF 70 KB]
[RTF 839 KB]
Supplementary Activity 3
The Canadian Identity
Students write an opinion paper [PDF 70 KB]
[RTF 841 KB]
Supplementary Activity 4
I am Canadian
Students create their own television commercial [PDF 72 KB]
[RTF 843 KB]