Symbols Tour at Parliament
Available from September to April
A visit to Parliament can help your class build on the activities from this Web site to make connections between Canadian symbols and Canada’s Parliament.
Searching for Symbols is a curriculum-based, interactive tour that examines symbols and where they are found at Canada’s Parliament. Specially designed for Grades 1 to 3 (primary cycles 1 and 2 in Quebec), this on-site tour is an excellent complement to a unit on Canadian symbols, citizenship and heritage.
- Learn the definition of a symbol
- Play the role of detective on tour
- Use clues and images to find various symbols in the Centre Block
- Discuss symbols and their significance to Canada
- Identify other important symbols in their lives
- Theme: Canadian Symbols at Parliament
- Grade Level(s): 1 to 3 (primary cycles 1 and 2 in Quebec)
- Curriculum Links: Canadian traditions, symbols, heritage and citizenship
- Length of Tour: 20 - 45 minutes (varies depending on parliamentary activity)
- Cost: Free
What will my students learn on this tour?
After the tour, your students will be able to:
- Understand and explain the meaning of a symbol
- Describe what symbols tell us about ourselves and our country
- Identify symbols at Parliament and how they represent Canadians and Canada as a whole
- Describe why symbols are important to people, groups and countries
How can I help prepare my students for the Searching for Symbols tour?
- Introduce your students to concepts associated with government and nationhood.
These concepts include:
- Nation, identity, citizenship and belonging
- Elections and voting
- Community helpers, leadership
- Introduce your students to the concept of a symbol through activities such as:
- Identifying personal symbols
- Identifying school symbols and local community symbols
- Identifying sports symbols (local or professional teams, Olympic symbol)
- Learning about provincial or national symbols
Where can I find specific information about booking a tour of Parliament for my class?