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Lesson Plan: For Teachers: A Commemorative Stamp

History, Science, Visual Arts
1 to 2 lessons
To review the biography and achievements of a Canadian astronaut and hero
In this introductory activity, students will create a stamp commemorating the achievements of Marc Garneau.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Brainstorm with students the names of people they can recall seeing on stamps. Discuss why these people were selected to be commemorated. Ask: Which of these people would you consider to be a hero? Why?

Introduce Marc Garneau by providing a brief oral review of Garneau's career, using either the CBC Digital Archives website or the Canadian Encyclopedia for information.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic Marc Garneau: Canadian Space Pioneer on the CBC Digital Archives website. Allow students time to review the clips. Students will select one aspect of Garneau's career, then use a computer program or art supplies to create an 8.5" by 11" image that could be used on a stamp. Their stamp must include the word "Canada" and a price value.


Revisit and Reflect

Display the stamps on the wall. Allow students time to view the display and discuss which images were most effective in commemorating a Canadian hero and promoting space education and exploration in Canada.



Students can visit Canada Post's Web site (www.canadapost.ca) to compare recent commemorative stamps with their own. Students can then revise their stamps until they think the stamp would be suitable for postal circulation.




81/2" by 11" white paper

coloured pencils and felt pens

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