The Cost of the First World War

Recommended grade level: 6-12

Have you ever wondered how World War I impacted Canada?

Remembrance Day is an opportunity to recognize the impact of the First and Second World Wars. During the week of November 11, 2020, we explored some of World War I’s (WWI) impact on Canada by using data from the Canadian War Museum to create the following data visualizations about:

  • The number of Canadians who enlisted and served (bar chart)
  • The number and type of casualties (pie chart)

Data source: Canadian War Museum

Data source: Canadian War Museum

Reflect on what you see

Look and interact with the data visualizations above. When you mouse-over the pie chart and bar graph, you’ll notice more information appears.

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you notice in the bar chart? 
  • What do you notice in the pie chart? 
  • What do you wonder about the data? 

Use the fill-in-the-blank prompts to summarize your thoughts:

  • “I used to think_______” 
  • “Now I think_______” 
  • “I wish I knew more about_______” 
  • “These data visualizations remind me of_______”

Share your reflections

Below are some  ways to share your thoughts about the data visualizations. If you want to publish your reflections online, make sure you check in with your teacher or guardian. 

Learn how we visualized the data

Go to our walk-through (in Jupyter notebook format) to see he we used the data science process (formulating a question, gathering the data, analyzing the data with code, and creating the visualizations) to create the bar graph and pie chart.


Teacher resource

To learn more about how to use Callysto learning resources (Jupyter notebooks) in your classroom, watch this video or visit our getting started page.