I’m excited to have Carolyn Wilhelm, of the Wise Owl Factory on the site today (don’t miss her previous post with an editable French Calendar)! She’s has generously created a spectacular Canada Activities Pack for Grades K-1, just in time for Canada Day (and beyond) for you! I’m touched that she included some information relating to cities where we have family residing. My children thrived on her large library of free printables when they were in the younger grades; be sure to fly over and spend some time on her site, which is jam-packed with printable lessons and activities!
Today we are “traveling” to Canada with some fun activities for kindergarten through grade one. We hope they will be useful in centers, small groups, or even large group work when you learn about Canada. This activities pack has 16 pages; some of the pages are in color and others are in black and white to save printing costs. The instant download is at this link: Canada Activities Pack.
First, there are eight initial sounds clip cards for emergent readers practicing their letter sounds. They are all lower-case, as most of our reading during our entire lives are actually lower-case letters. Think about reading a book and how fewer capital letters are in the text than lower-case. Children may clip the correct letter with a clothespin, or they might mark them with available buttons or counters. By engaging children with the topic of studying about Canada, the letters will take on more meaning to help them remember the sounds.
The work page for manuscript printing practice is in both black and white for printing options. The black and white page may be used as consumable class material for the writing center or morning work. It is self-correcting to allow children to work independently.
The colour page may be printed and placed in a page protector or plastic sleeve for a reusable option. A dry marker may be provided and children can be instructed to wipe off their answers after use so it is ready for the next person at the writing center or station.
Two “what is next” patterning pages are included for cut and paste practice for pattering. It could be an AB An ABAA or an ABC pattern. Logic may be applied as the pictures are unique to the pattern and a child might tell you he finished the page without looking at the patterns.
This also gives cutting and gluing practice fine motor practice. Just a dot of glue will do, and recycle the scraps, please.
Following the path for the letter C is in color, and again, may be placed in a plastic sleeve protector for reuse. This page is perfect for providing differentiation for children still learning their letters.
Many parents begin by teaching capital letters so a child could apply that knowledge to this page. In fact, it could be wiped off and repeated for students who enjoy the page.
Animal word cards may be used in the science center if you happen to have plastic figurines on hand.
Or a page may be duplicated twice so that there are two of each card for children to play a game of memory.
The cards may be used in the writing center, as well.
There are three cut and paste sentence activity pages in this pack for Regina, Toronto, and Montreal. Each has three words to cut out and glue in the correct sentences. These pages will provide some differentiation for students who are more independent readers at this point in the school year.
We hope you will enjoy this Canada Activities Pack and find it helpful as the children study Canada. If you haven’t already, you can download it here.
Thank you for reading,
Carolyn Wilhelm, Wise Owl Factory
Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has finished the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.