Youth Remember the 100th Anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days
Victoria Cross dot to dot

Aim

To provide youth with a basic knowledge of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery a Canadian could receive during the First World War.

Objectives

Youth should:

  • develop a basic knowledge of the Victoria Cross;

Target audience

This activity is suitable for ages 5 to 7.

Sequence of events and anticipated time frame [30 minutes]

(This activity can be modified to fit available time.)

  • Discussion [10 minutes]
  • Victoria Cross dot to dot [10 minutes]
  • Debrief [10 minutes]

Materials

Discussion

Ask your students what they know about the First World War. Depending on the responses, highlight some key points and useful information for the activity:

  • the First World War was fought between 1914 and 1918, mainly in Europe (you may use a map to show them countries where the fighting was the most intense, like France and Belgium);
  • a large number of Canadians served in the First World War (more than 660,000);
  • war is dangerous and everybody had to overcome their fears to do their job;
  • many Canadians received medals for their bravery during the war;
  • the highest decoration for bravery a Canadian could obtain in war was called the Victoria Cross;

Victoria Cross dot to dot

Distribute the Victoria Cross dot to dot sheet and guide your students in completing the activity.

Debrief

Lead a wrap-up discussion about the activity. Ask your students to describe in their words what the Victoria Cross is. Youth could cut out the Victoria Cross and display in the classroom.

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