Expedition Earth: Canada Unit Study

Salut and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Canada!

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Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film!

  • Say “Hello” in French: salut (silent t) , “Thank You” : merci
  • Locate Canada and capital Ottawa on the wall map
  • Sang a Canadian song
  • Completed mapping and flag worksheets
  • Read Children Just Like Me Book on Canada and found where they live on the map
  • Learn about the Inuit Community
  • Watched some cool videos from Nunavut Canada! (Warning, some of the video is a tad graphic, they harpoon a seal and eat it.)
  • Learn more about Canada from National Geographic Kids
  • Learn about Niagara Falls
  • Learned about and classified 6 animals of Canada
  • Animals from Canada mini-book
  • Make snowshoes
  • Lapbook Activity
  • Make Ice Cream with Maple Topping
  • Maple Leaf Prints activity
  • Canadian Forest scene craft activity

 

We always start off by finding our country on our world wall map. This year we’re also adding flags to the map as we go to make it more fun.

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Next we learn how to greet one another in that country’s native language. Since they speak English & French in Canada, I went with a French greeting, Salut!

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Next we checked out the country in our atlas and noted any major landmarks, located the capital city, and any other important features of the region.

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Next we learned all of the main fact information on Canada as well as label any major landmarks on our mapping worksheet.

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We learned all about the flag of Canada and what the colors and maple leaf symbolize.

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We also learned about Niagara Falls and watched a cool video so we could see it live! It is a series of three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States. The falls are the Horseshoe Falls, The American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. The combined falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, with a vertical drop of more than 165 feet! And the Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America measured by height and flow rate. We’ve been adding in fun YouTube video tours into our curriculum to be able to see things like this live! Don’t worry I’ve added the links into my curriculum so you can see it too!!

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One of Strawberry Shortcake’s favorite activities is making a post card for each country we visit. She is always super creative and tries to incorporate something from our “fun facts” reading into her postcards. And I have to say every now and then she gets them all out and it’s fun to review where we’ve been.

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So an awesome reader offered to send us some Canada goodies! She sent stickers, a magazine, tattoos, flags, pencils, and personal letters from her kiddos telling us all about themselves. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity! My kids were so excited to see all of the cool Canadian stuff! And my son would like to personally thank you for his awesome hockey pencil, yep that was cool! (As a side note, I have some stuff to send back to you guys too, so keep an eye out!)

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Of course it wouldn’t be Expedition Earth without learning about some cool animals that can be found in Canada! We added them to our rapidly filling animal wall… I don’t think I made ours big enough this year!

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And we made a mini-book to add to our world lapbook.

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Hotel de Glace: The Ice Hotel is located in Quebec, Canada and is the first ice hotel in North America. It opened on New Year’s Day in 2001. It is takes about a month and a half to build with 60 workers. The hotel makes its own snow using a special mixture to adjust the humidity. It is built using metal frames and is allowed to harden for a few days, then the sup-ports are removed. It takes 15,000 tons of snow, 500,000 tons of ice, and the walls are 4 feet thick. Check out this fun Hotel de Glace YouTube tour to see it live!

After we learned about the hotel, we decided to try and create our own. The night before I froze water using a variety of ice cube trays.

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Then after our lesson, we got them out and used a paint brush with warm water to glue them together into our own “hotels”.

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This was harder then I thought it would be as the ice started melting too quickly, but we did get some interesting creations LOL!

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Instead of gluing the cubes together, Turbo decided he’d like to try carving his ice instead. I think it was harder than he expected, but he stuck with it for quite some time! His ended up looking like an igloo more.

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We also took a little break and went ice skating and played a little hockey in honor of Canada!

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And last but not least, we stamped our passports to commemorate our journey!

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Just for some fun here are a few TBT posts from back when we first went through this curriculum…TBT March 1, 2011

We made these fun little snowshoes to wear around the house. We practiced walking like you would if you had on real snowshoes and tried not to fall through the soft snow.

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And look at the Teeny Tot…I mean Miss Lady Bug and her little piggy tails! Yep, she got in on the action at the age of 2!

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Eeeek….look how little they all were! Excuse me while I go cry a little while reminiscing about those chubby cheeks!

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And that’s it for our week on Canada! See you next week for the good ‘ole U.S.A!

 

Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey!

Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for elementary students grades Kindergarten – 6th. Students will learn the continents, landmarks, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through engaging and fun hands-on activities!

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10 Comments

  • Maria April 21, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Hello , I think you are doing such a fantastic job !! You have inspired me so much , I want to thank you for that !! With this said , can you tell me more where you get the large map on your wall and also where you got the kids passport and the sheets with the flags Ect ? Is it all from the expedition earth book ? Thank you in advance

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    • erica April 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      I found our wall map at Barnes & Noble years ago! It’s about 4′ x 6′ so it’s huge, but we love it! The passport and worksheets, and everything else you see in the post are included in my Expedition Earth Curriculum!
      http://store.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=70_73_74

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      • Maria April 29, 2016 at 12:47 am

        Okay thank you so much !!
        Do you recommend any other books other than expedition ?
        I have a 3 , 5 and 7 yr old so they range between kinder and 2 nd grade 🙂
        Thanks again

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  • Sabrina April 21, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Yay for Canada eh? 😉
    I was SO excited when I saw the subject line in my inbox! Looks like you’ve done a great job depicting Canada in your unit.
    Just a little FYI- Quebec (not to mention us Torontonians) love their poutine. Next time you could make french fries with gravy and cheese curds on top. I’m sure the kids would love it!
    Also, glad you didn’t mention any penguins walking around the provinces of our great nation…some people south of the Canadian border think we have these fun little animals roaming around everywhere. In Toronto we have a lot of squirrels!!!! lol
    And one more thing…Canada recently discontinued the ‘penny’ (Feb 4, 2013). The Royal Canadian Mint stopped making them in May of 2012. There aren’t very many in circulation anymore but it makes rounding up and rounding down in our math lessons interesting. 😉

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    • erica April 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      How fun, thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

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    • Michelle April 21, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      I have a friend in Edmonton who sent me a Looney (and an American dollar she found laying in a parking lot) for my son. I have a Canadian penny, nickel and quarter as well that was found in our circulation. How I get it back in change, but not paying attention throw it in my wallet and try to use it… Did you know the MN State Fair has a Poutine food truck? 😀 They do!!

      Erica, I also want to thank you for all that you do. I really appreciate you sharing as I too find it so inspiring. The kids are getting so big!! Why do they have to grow so fast?

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  • Chris April 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Just a quick “correction” hello in (Canadian) French is “Bonjour”. Love your posts even though I don’t have kids, I am an Early Childhood Educator (in Ontario), and I am always looking for ideas! Hope you enjoyed your tour of our huge country, and don’t be strangers and come back!! lol

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  • Christine Fehr May 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    We just got to Canada in our Expedition Earth Studies. We are from Manitoba so my girls were super excited to be studying our country. One mistake that we found was on your animal penmanship sheets. The Island Marmot does not live in Vancouver but rather on Vancouver Island. Vancouver is a city on the mainland of British Columbia. Thanks. We are really enjoying your studies. We enjoyed your Letter of the Week and can’t wait to try LIterature Studies next year.

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    • erica May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thanks for letting me know I’ll get it updated!

      Reply
  • preschool calgary nw July 18, 2018 at 6:49 am

    What an post and inspiring content. You are doing a great job. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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