SYMBOLS OF CANADA
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A Nifty New Flag
Subject Area: Social Studies
This lesson can be used very effectively as a culmination activity to a unit on Canada (or any other country). As the students redesign the flag, they will be encouraged to think of symbols that are not presently found on the flag.
Another interesting way to use the lesson would be to ask the students to redesign their school flag to make it more representative of the school's educational philosophy and viewpoints. This idea could even be elaborated to include the entire school population, if presented as a contest.
Ask the students:
1. "What is a symbol?
2. What are some symbols of our country?
3. What are the most unique symbols of our country which are easily recognized by other countries and people?"
List all the students' responses to the above questions.
Students will design a flag representing Canada. They will not use any recognized symbols currently in use including those listed above. The flag will not be rectangular in shape, use the maple leaf or the colors red and white.
Have students make a design which can be made into a finished product and displayed.
Have a flag parade.
Have students give a short speech about their flag that tells what it represents about Canada and why the symbols were chosen.