Teachers' corner — National Flag of Canada Day 2019

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In this section, you will find fun ideas for activities to celebrate National Flag of Canada Day on February 15.

Five ways to celebrate Flag Day

Here are some ideas of activities you can do with your students to celebrate National Flag of Canada Day.

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Five ways to celebrate Flag Day
February 15 — National Flag of Canada Day

Canada’s flag is a symbol that unites all Canadians and reflects our common values — equality, diversity and inclusion.

Activity number 1: Host a flag ceremony
Our flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill on February 15, 1965. Organize your own flag raising ceremony!

Activity number 2: Create a living flag
Create a living flag with your classmates and friends! Wear red and white or use coloured paper.

Activity number 3: Take a selfie
Use the official filter and post it on social media. Don't forget to use the hashtag: #CanadianFlag

Tag your friends!

Activity number 4: Do something artistic
Draw, paint or sculpt with the flag theme as inspiration — create a wall collage, mural or exhibition of your designs!

Activity number 5: Wear the colours
Show off your Canadian pride by wearing our national colours — red and white! Dress up your pets too and tag them on social media using #CanadianFlag.

Did you know?
The maple leaf began to gain popularity as a national symbol in the 19th century.
February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day in 1996.
The official colours of Canada — red and white — were declared by King George V in 1921.

More information on the National Flag of Canada, at canada.ca/flagday.

Suggested activities for primary grades

Young students recognize the Flag of Canada as an important symbol. Here are activities to build excitement:

  • Make your own Canadian flag. Students can draw or paint it, or use modelling clay.
  • Make it twice as long as it is high, divide it in three parts, make the middle part a square, leaving it white with a red maple leaf in the centre. Colour the other two parts red. Display the flags for the rest of the school to enjoy.
  • Have you noticed how many flags are flying in your neighbourhood? Ask students to count them on their way to school or when they are out with their families. They can share how many flags they have seen and where they were. Record the results by pinning the locations on a map.
  • Give each student a piece of paper that represents a section of the Canadian flag to colour. Tape each section together to make a large flag. Post the picture on social media.

Suggested activities for intermediate grades

Students at the intermediate level are more aware of the use of symbols to reflect who they are and to foster a sense of being part a community. Use this approach to bolster pride in our flag, country and identity:

  • Students can ask family members about an important moment in Canadian history that they have personally experienced. They could make a poster of this or another event and include a Canadian flag.
  • Students could write a short essay using the question “What does the flag mean to me?” This question will lead to national pride and the significance of being part of the Confederation. They may have someone in their family who fought for Canada in a war, who remembers the day in 1965 when the National Flag of Canada was first raised at Parliament Hill, or has emigrated from another country and become a Canadian citizen.
  • Students can learn about the important role of the monarchy in the history of our national flag: From King George V proclaiming red and white as national colours in 1921 to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II proclaiming our official National Flag in 1965.

Suggested activities for high school

Older students have a strong appreciation of their identity as Canadian citizens. Help them to collectively share their views.

  • The flag that represents Canada at home and around the world celebrates its birthday every year on February 15. The maple leaf flag was chosen after one of the longest parliamentary debates in Canadian history. Do some research on the flag debate: what were the issues, what were the options and why did people feel so strongly about them in 1964? Stage your own flag debate. Questions could range from "In what ways does the flag represent Canada at home and around the world?" to "Why are symbols important in honouring our history?"
  • Contact local media or radio stations to suggest an on-air flag trivia quiz. Ask your local newspaper or television station to cover events at your school in order to share your school's pride with the community.
  • Create events that focus on the National Flag of Canada Day.
  • Post your pictures on social media and see how students across the country are also taking part in activities to celebrate National Flag of Canada Day. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #CanadianFlag.