ESL Canadian Culture Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will educate your students about Canadian culture. They will also participate in fun hands-on activities that will help to reinforce newly learned concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson your students will be able to:

  • Determine when Canada was founded.
  • Identify many of the cultural aspects of Canada.
  • Sing the words to the Canadian national anthem.


1-1.5 Hours


  • Copies of the Canadian national anthem, one per pair of students
  • Copy of the 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' (available online for no charge)
  • Internet access
  • Two pre-printed worksheets, one containing 41 definitions related to Canadian culture, and one with 41 corresponding definitions, but not in the correct order

Key Vocabulary

  • Canada Day
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Maple syrup
  • Poutine
  • Provinces
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Territories

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Instructions and Activities

  • Introduce Canada, and point to it on a map.
  • Ask students what they currently know about Canada.
  • Read the vocab list above.
  • Ask students what each vocab word means and write it out on the board beside the term.
  • Break students up into pairs.

Activity One

  • Inform your students they are going to be participating in an exciting Internet Scavenger Hunt about many aspects of the culture of Canada.
  • Hand out two pre-printed worksheets, one with the following 41 terms related to Canadian culture, and one with the 41 corresponding definitions, but in mixed order.

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