CBC Digital Archives

Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Serving Our Traditions and History

Science, English Language Arts
2 to 3 lessons
To identify how food is related to traditions and history
In this introductory activity, students will write creatively to reflect on how Canadian food is tied to our traditions and history.

Lesson Plan

Before Exploring

Ask students to complete the download sheet Serving Our Traditions and History. Have students share their results with three other students. Ask each group to identify the foods it thinks are truly Canadian. Ask each group to choose the one item from its list that they think is truly Canadian. As each item is named, discuss how Canadian food is an important part of our history and many of our celebrations and traditions.

Outline the Opportunity

Direct students to the topic My Canada Includes Tourtière on the CBC Digital Archives website. Have students browse the clips "Traditional native food", "What's in a name?", "Vive la poutine!", and "Wild about fiddleheads" and read the accompanying text for each clip. Students will use the information to help them write creatively to reflect on how Canadian food is tied to our traditions and history. They might write a tall tale, a poem, a series of anecdotes, a story, or any writing format of their choice. Before they begin, brainstorm as a class to explore topics that students might use for their writing.


Revisit and Reflect


Have students share their writing in small groups. Publish the writing as a class book called Serving Our Traditions and History.




Students can interview an older person in their community and collect stories about foods connected to their families' traditions and history.

Download PDF

Related Content

1995: 'Tsubouchi diet' causes uproar in Ontar...

Critics call an Ontario government-approved "welfare shopping list" oppressive, bureaucratic a...

1947: Montreal hosts global 'magic carpet lun...

Avocados in October? Incredibly yes, as airplanes fly fresh food to Montreal from the four cor...

1949: Quick Freeze airline meals take flight

Dinner is served and it's better than ever on TransCanada Airlines.

1986: Bon appetit at Vancouver's Expo 86

Three hundred chefs. Six restaurants. Forty-two food carts. Millions of empty stomachs. Exe...

Much Ado About Christmas: Toys, Traditions & ...

Toys, leftover fruitcake, department store Santas, toy store mobs, last minute shoppers, enorm...

1945: Hope for starving Dutch as end of war d...

Nazis and Allies agree to terms that will feed the people of Holland after years of occupation...