Remembrance Day Teaching Resources

Remembrance Day commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts.  In order to assist our fellow educators, here are a few Remembrance Day teaching resources that have been shared inside Cube for Teachers.

November 11th

Canada and the First World War This online exhibition from the Canadian War Museum provides a comprehensive review of the Canadian war experience during World War One. The exhibition is organized into four sections including Introduction to the First World War, History of the First World War, Objects and Photos of the First World War, and Teacher Resources.
Interactive, lesson, worksheet

Canada in the Second World War
 Preserving the gifts of valour and freedom for future generations, the Juno Beach Centre presents an online museum of the Canadian war effort, complete with in-depth articles on the people and events that make up Canada’s contribution in the Second World War.

Resources for the Classroom These resources are provided to help ensure that the torch of Remembrance continues to burn brightly in the hearts of all Canadians.
Quick facts, toolkit and teaching activities

Canadian History Learning Videos A collection of videos:  A Voyage of Discovery – 85th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (30 min. 25 sec.), Innocence Lost : A Nation Found – Canada Remembers: The First World War 1914-1918 (19 min. 24 sec.), Canada and the Great War 1914-1918: A Nation Born (19 min. 49 sec.), Canada Remembers: Holland (22 min. 14 sec.), Sacrifice, Achievement and Legacy: Canadians and the Second World War 1939-1945 (22 min. 09 sec.), and Canada Remembers the Far East (24 min. 24 sec.)

First World War -  Education Guide   Developed in line with the historical thinking concepts created by the Historical Thinking Project, this guide complements Canadian middle-school and high-school curricula. It invites students to deepen their understanding of the First World War through primary- and secondary-source research and examination, engaging discussion questions and group activities.
Lesson, article, activity, questions

Second World War – Education Guide  This guide is intended to assist teachers and students as they study Canada’s involvement in the Second World War. It highlights some of the significant historical themes and events of that period but is not meant to be a comprehensive history of Canada and the war; in fact, some teachers may choose to highlight different aspects of this period in their classes, such as the naval war on Canada’s doorstep or Canada’s participation in the bombing offensive against Germany. Nonetheless, the content presented here constitutes a meaningful entry point into examining the country’s involvement in one of the 20th century’s pivotal armed conflicts. Additionally, the skills students will develop in the activities will apply to any existing units being used in class by teachers. Includes links to extra sources.
Lesson, article, activity, questions

In Flanders Fields (Poem)  This video clip is from CBC’s documentary-style film The Great War. This 4 minute video provides background on Dr. Colonel John McCrae.
Video, poem

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (Author of In Flanders Fields) The poem was written by a Canadian—John McCrae, a doctor and teacher, who served in both the South African War and the First World War. In Flanders Fields was first published in England’s Punch magazine in December 1915. This resource describes the war life of this famous Canadian.
Article, poem

Highway of Heroes (by the Trews)  ”Highway of Heroes”, was co-written and co-produced by The Trews and Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) and was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard from The Trews’ hometown of Antigonish, NS.
Video, song

Remembrance Day Soldier Cries (Soldiers Cry) A tribute done by Global Edmonton for Remembrance Day.
Video, song

Take Time to Remember (Ages 5-7) Take Time to Remember is an activity booklet for young children that introduces concepts of remembrance in an accessible and fun manner.
Workbook, activities

Tales of Animals in War (Ages 5-11)  This resource includes a teacher guide and provides short stories describing the transportation in times of war.
Text, activities, lesson

Canada Remembers Times (Ages 12-18)  This resource includes a teacher guide and stories about Canada’s efforts in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and in post-war Canadian Armed Forces efforts using a newspaper format.
Text, activities, lesson

Over The Top  This interactive game is based on the real-life experiences of Canadians who lived and died in the trenches during the First World War. Available in French.
Interactive, game

Armoured Warrior This interactive game is a work of fiction based on the real-life experiences of Canadian tank crews that fought in North West Europe during the Second World War. Unlike their stories, however, YOU get to decide how this adventure will end. As the commander of a Sherman tank in the final days of the Normandy Campaign of 1944, you will live through some of the excitement, despair, brutality and sheer horror of one day’s fighting at the front.
Interactive, game (junior/ intermediate)

The Memory Project The Memory Project is a nationwide bilingual project that connects Veterans and Canadian forces personnel with the opportunity to share their stories with Canadians in classrooms and community forums. In addition to our speakers’ bureau, The Memory Project has created a record of Canada’s participation in various global conflicts, including the Second World War and Korean War, through oral interviews, digitized artifacts, and memorabilia.
Audio, text. Available in French.

The Cenotaph Project  The Cenotaph Project is an engaging activity that gives students an opportunity to get to know the individual men and women who served, and potentially died, in wartime. Begun by Ontario teacher Blake Seward, teachers and students nationwide have undertaken this project. This document serves as a step-by-step guide to assist students throughout this activity.
Activity, lesson

How We Remember – Junior Learning Tool   This learning tool explores the themes of commemoration and remembrance as they relate to the First and Second World Wars.
Text, activity, questions, lesson

How We Remember – Senior Learning Tool This learning tool explores the themes of commemoration and remembrance as they relate to the First and Second World Wars.
Text, activity, questions, lesson

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