Access English Centre Immigrant Centre Manitoba culture and citizenship: “o canada” “o canada: National Anthem” Warm-up Activity

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O Canada: National Anthem” Warm-up Activity

15 minutes

Intermediate Level
Facilitator Note: This is a warm-up activity which gives an opportunity for good

teamwork among the participants. It will help the participants

become familiar to Canada’s National Anthem.




Materials: Participants need: “O Canada” phrase strips

(precut:10 strips/pkg.=1 package per group)

Facilitator needs: Whiteboard and whiteboard markers

“O Canada Anthem” poster

Computer with a projector(Internet connection)

5 min.

10 min.


Before you Begin:

  1. *Pre-cut the strips of the “O Canada” lyrics(10 strips/pkg.)=1 package per


  1. Write “O Canada” on the whiteboard.

  2. Ask the participants if they have heard Canada’s national anthem/song.

  3. Introduce the song. Tell the participants that they will listen to

“O Canada” : 2 - 4 times. They will listen to the words of the song-“lyrics”.

5. The facilitator can write the word-“lyrics” on the whiteboard.

Optional: The facilitator can explain these new phrases:

native land-homeland

patriot love- being loyal to Canada

thy sons command-respectful to original settlers of Canada for their hard

work and efforts

thee rise-stand-up with respect

stand on guard- will protect Canada

glorious and free- great and free

  1. Go to the website:

  2. Click on the English version or Bilingual version (MP3 file).

  3. First time-listen. Second time-listen to the words, again (if they like, they

can sing it).

  1. Group the students into groups of 3.

  2. Give each group a package of the lyrics.

  3. Each group is to think of the missing words from each lyric strip.

  4. Fill-in the missing words.

  5. Next, each group is to put the lyrics or words in order so that the song is in order.

  6. The facilitator will circulate among the groups and monitor each group’s progress.

  7. Each group will share their results (If they like, they can “sing” their version of the lyrics).

  8. Post the “O Canada Anthem/Song” on the whiteboard.

  9. Each group will check each other’s versions.

Extension Activity #1: Give them a time limit of 3 minutes or less and see which

group fills-in the words and correctly puts the words in

order. The first group who calls out “Finish or O Canada”

and puts the words in correct order-“WINS!” Play a few


Extension Activity #2: Give the groups only 5 minutes. Have all the phrase strips

for each group on a table. Only one person from each

group is allowed to come to the table to choose the

correct strips. The group members help each other to find

the correct strips. Fill-in the missing words and put the

phrases in correct order.

The first group “WINS” by calling out “Finish or O Canada”

when the “O Canada” anthem(national song) is

completed, with the words in correct order.

Play a couple times.

From: Canadian Heritage:

National Anthem: O Canada

Official Lyrics of O Canada!

O Canada!

Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

National Anthem: O Canada

Lyric Strips

O Canada!

Our home and native land!

True love in all thy


With glowing hearts we

thee rise,

The True North and free!

From and wide,

O, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and !

O Canada, we on guard for thee.

O Canada, stand on for thee.

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