Review the history of the Canadian Flag above. Ask the students:
- Why do you think it was important for Canada to have its own flag? Discuss.
- If you could list the best things about living in Canada, what would they be?
Remind students that the Canadian flag represents our pride in being Canadian. When people see this flag, we want them to know immediately that it belongs to Canada.
Brainstorm with students what is important or special about their Canadian school and record their ideas.
Have students create a flag that would represent all the good things about their school. Remind them to select colours, images, icons, or slogans that they feel represent their school.
Create the flags digitally if possible. When the flags are complete, vote on the 4 or 5 that the class feels represent their school best. Consider having someone (perhaps a parent volunteer?) sew and hang your new flag!
Process and connect the activity to National Flag Day by asking:
- Why do you think that pride in your school and pride in your country are important? Discuss.
- Now that you have created and selected a school flag, what are your thoughts about how difficult it must have been to create a flag that represents all the good things about a big country like Canada? Talk about it.