Tuesday 8 Nov, 2016

How We Remember: Engage Your Students this November

As we reflect and remember this month, get to know some of our educational partners who you’ll see more of at Vimy 100. The EF team is in the process of ensuring that our upcoming Vimy 100th Anniversary Tour is one to remember. Here are a few learning tools you can use this month to engage your classroom!


Canadian Youth Ambassador Program
EF has launched our Canadian Youth Ambassador Program! We’re looking for 30 outstanding young people between the ages of 12-18 to share their #OneIdea that will change their community, country and maybe even the world – and win a free trip to Vimy 100! EF is teaming up with senators and MPs across Canada, who will mentor our Youth Ambassadors. Learn more and apply for the Canadian Youth Ambassador Program here.

Historica Canada
Historica Canada is the organization behind those memorable Canadian Heritage Minutes videos? They’re offering a Heritage Minute that tells the story behind John McCrae’s beloved poem, “In Flanders Fields”. Click here to watch the video and to download some lesson plans to use in your class.

Here are a few other activities that you can explore this November from Historica Canada:

Remembrance Day: Integrated Arts Lesson Plan
Using the framework of John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields” and reading an account of a visit to the Tomb for the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, your students will use various forms of art to express themselves.

Remembrance through making a Student Minute
In this activity, students have the chance to reflect upon family members that may have been involved in the great wars, with a chance to film their own Heritage Minute.

Remembrance Day: Memories, Letters, Sacrifice

This writing exercise gives your students opportunity to reflect on a number of topics and subjects.

Remembrance: Understanding Canadian History Through Literature
Use Canadian literature as a means to explore themes of history and identity among your students.



EF’s Paper Poppy Project
Engage your classroom by crafting paper poppies and sharing #howiremember on social media. Download the activity here and click here to view a how-to video. Use the #howiremember hashtag to share how you pay tribute to our veterans.

The Memory Project
Another program from Historica, the Memory Project is a nationwide bilingual program that connects veterans and Canadian Forces personnel with Canadians in classrooms and community forums. Why not invite a veteran to your class to share their unique experience with your students? Get started here.

Vimy Flight
Get ready for Vimy 100 and our partnership with Vimy Flight, a team of volunteer pilots and builders who are planning something special for Vimy’s 100th anniversary – a flyover in replica planes over the Vimy monument!  All of Vimy Flight’s pilots have a military flying background and combined flying experience of over 100,000 hours. Vimy Flight is committed to honour Canada’s historic airmen of the Great War. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event. Learn more about Vimy Flight here.

WE Are Canada Classroom Kit
Get ready for Canada’s 150th birthday next year with a WE Are Canada classroom resource kit. Our partners at WE have prepared this kit to help your students celebrate and reflect on our country’s past to help shape a vision for the future. With experiential service learning,  empower your students to become active local, national and global citizens. These classroom resources bring in four themes identified by Heritage Canada: Environment, Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, and Reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, into core subjects including social studies, science, math and English. Request your WE Are Canada classroom kit here.