Veterans Affairs Canada Remembrance Day Resources

Veterans’ Week Learning Resources These materials are free of charge. To receive your order by Veterans’ Week, please order before October 27, 2017.

This year marks the centennial of the First World War’s Battle of Passchendaele. Explore our web feature for historical info, photo galleries, commemorative events & 4 new lesson plans (one for every age group)


Canada at War Learning Tools for Remembrance Day

Canada at War Learning Tools for Remembrance Day

These learning tools explore the themes of commemoration and remembrance as they relate to the First and Second World Wars. Challenge students to reflect on how the past has been commemorated and invite them to use their creative writing and visual art skills to create an original work centered on these themes.

While the contest is closed for this year, the activity is worthwhile and there are lots of great exemplars on their site for inspiration and discussion.


Canadian Opera Company Field Trips

Canadian Opera Company

“This thrill and appreciation of opera (and of all art forms) is a critical part of an education curriculum which ensures an understanding and appreciation that in art and music, one can find inspiration, joy, escapism, awe and humanistic insight – which to me, are all very necessary elements of character development.” Teacher, Dundas Public School


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Waterloo Museum Field Trip Options

2016/2017 Education Programs:

Mini Museum Goers – Pre-school Program

Early Learning/Kindergarten Children are introduced to the gallery museum and community outings through fun activities on a variety of themes. Choose from program themes such as; Collecting, People in our Community, or Jobs and Working. Available January to April only. 1.5 hours, maximum 40 children.

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Remembrance Day Resources from

The popular Veterans’ Week materials have been entirely updated for 2016. New editions of the

  • Take Time to Remember activity booklet (ages 5-7), as well as
  • youth newspapers Tales of Animals in War (ages 5-11)and
  • Canada Remembers Times (ages 12-18) are now available.
  • Postcards for Peace and the Veterans’ Week bookmarks and posters are also back
    again, as is an
  • on-line teacher’s guide.


Explore what we have to offer and order them today at no charge:
Our 2016 Veterans’ Week web feature offers a wealth of other resources for educators, from ideas on how schools can show they remember to social media tools that allow youth to share their thoughts on those who have served and sacrificed in uniform over the years. Check it out here:

McCrae House: History Field Trip option

McCrae House, located in Guelph, Ontario, is the birthplace of John McCrae (b. 1872 – d. 1918), doctor, soldier and author of the famous First World War poem “In Flanders Fields“. The house is a National Historic Site of Canada. 

This small limestone cottage, built in 1858, was owned by the McCrae family from 1870 to 1873. Other families occupied the house until 1966, when a group of Guelph citizens purchased the building with the intention of preserving it as a museum. This group formed the Lt. Col. John McCrae Birthplace Society and began to raise money for its restoration.

McCrae House contains both permanent and temporary exhibition space that interprets the life and times of John McCrae. Yearly themes are offered. Summer activities include Poppy Push, Canada Day, Teddy Bear Picnic, History Camp and special teas in the garden. The gardening volunteers have worked to create an award-winning garden reflecting the time period of the mid-to-late 19th century.



McCrae House
108 Water Street, Guelph, OntarioN1G 1A6 Canada

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Historical Thinking Infographic


  1. historical_thinkingHistorical Significance
    How does the past help us make sense of the present?
    How do we make choices about what is worth remembering?
  2. Cause & Consequence
    What part do individuals and groups play in promoting, shaping and resisting change?
    What actions, beliefs or circumstances led to these consequences?
  3. Continuity & Change
    How have things changed? How have they remained the same?
    Is this progress or decline?
    How fast or how slow does change happen?

  4. Historical Perspective
    What are the challenges of imagining their world from where we stand?
    What should we know about the context in which an event took place, or in which a person lived?
    How did  people in the past view their world?

Sources: Created by Jacqueline Smith | @jaltheasmith