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Symbol Station - Learning Station 4

Hello Symbol Station! Your group will explore the symbols that can help us learn about and remember the First World War and its Veterans.

What are the symbols of remembrance? There are many symbols of remembrance such as pins, wreaths, poppy flowers, Izzy Dolls and peace cranes.



Wreaths are traditionally laid on graves and memorials in memory of the dead. They are associated with Remembrance Day, November 11.


Poppies are a world-wide symbol of remembrance. They are:

  • worn on November 11 to show respect and to remember all those who served and died for peace and freedom;
  • a symbol of the blood shed during war;
  • a reminder of war and the great sadness it brings to people and countries; and
  • a symbol of peace.
Izzy Dolls

Izzy Dolls are knitted dolls named after Master Corporal Mark Isfield—a Canadian soldier who died in Croatia in 1994. They are:

  • given to children in war-torn areas. (Mark's mother made the first Izzy dolls); and
  • a gift of hope
Tulips in Ottawa

Tulips are a symbol of international friendship. During the Second World War Canada helped the people of the Netherlands regain their freedom and helped their princess by inviting her to live safely in Canada. The people of the Netherlands gave Canada 100,000 tulip bulbs to thank us for being so kind. Each spring the tulips grow in Ottawa, our country's capital.

Origami peace crane

Peace Cranes are a symbol of peace and non-violence. Thousands of people from around the world fold paper cranes as an expression of hope for world peace.

Your Task

Symbols help us to learn about and remember the First World War and our Veterans. Your group will create a poster using the symbols of remembrance.

  1. Discuss how you want your poster to look. Should it include one or all of the symbols of remembrance? Will it be colourful? Will it be all drawings or will there be words? Brainstorm as a group.
  2. Prepare a rough drawing of what you want your poster to look like on a small piece of paper.
  3. Next, begin creating your symbols poster, using the markers and/or pencil crayons to colour it in. Be neat and make sure any words used are large enough to see!
  4. When you are finished, present your symbols poster to the whole group.
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