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Happy Birthday, Canada! (and other fun stuff)

Fireworks on Canada Day in Vancouver, Canada.

Fireworks on Canada Day in Vancouver, Canada.
By Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada (Happy 141st Canada!Uploaded by russavia)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

July 1 is Canada’s birthday, otherwise known as Canada Day. On this day in 1867, the region’s three colonies were united into a single country called Canada, but it remained under British rule. Canada gained full constitutional independence in 1982.

OK…enough history. Now for some fun stuff!

There are lots of similarities between the United States and Canada. But there are also lots of wonderful differences! Let’s explore some fun facts that you can share with your students.

If your students were going to school in Canada, they would not worry about their grades. They would instead worry about getting good marks. And when they arrived home from school, they wouldn’t plop themselves down on the couch…they would instead plop down on the chesterfield. Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? Oh…and if they lived in Canada and wanted their evening meal, they shouldn’t ask for dinner (they’d get lunch!). They must ask for supper!

Halloween, New Brunswick, Canada Halloween

Halloween, New Brunswick, Canada Halloween
By New Brunswick Tourism [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

On Halloween night in Canada, costumes would be worn under heavy winter coats. And instead of saying “trick or treat,” some Canadians exclaim “Halloween apples!” Canadians who celebrate Christmas decorate Christmas trees much like Americans…but it first needs to thaw, usually in the basement. And anyone watching New Year’s Eve fireworks in Canada may see fireworks in the shape of a very traditional symbol of the country–a maple leaf!

If your students were reciting the alphabet, the final letter would not be pronounced “zee,” but “zed.” They would call their moms mum. They would ask to use the washroom, not the restroom. They would take holidays over winter break, not vacations. And on these holidays, they could visit places with names like Moose Jaw, Blow Me Down, and Saint-Louis-Du-Ha-Ha.

On Canada Day, celebrate this beautiful country and its diverse and magnificent culture. Be sure to teach your students about our wintry northern neighbor! Visit SIRS Discoverer, and the product’s July Spotlight of the Month, for articles, Web sites, and photos to share with your class.