The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

115 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will examine items in their lives that use energy and classify them as a need or want.

COMPLETE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS. EACH OPTION IS WORTH THE SAME NUMBER OF POINTS. YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO SUBMIT WORK AND GET POINTS FOR ONE OPTION.

OPTION 1: Give up one device in your classroom
As a class, students will give up one item that uses energy in the classroom for an entire school day, and will reflect on the experience.

OPTION 2: Give up one device at home
Students will give up using one item that uses energy in their home for one day, and will reflect on the experience.

OPTION 3: Suggested modification for completion at home

Students will complete a modified version of Option 2 and will give up one device that uses energy at home for one day. 

Students or parents/guardians can save an electronic copy of the “Do you really need it” worksheet (found in the lesson plan) on their computer, fill in their answers in the provided spaces, and email their completed worksheet to the teacher.

Alternatively, students or parents/guardians can take a photo of their written answers to the questions on the worksheet and email their photo to the teacher. 

Younger students will need assistance completing this activity, and can instead draw a picture of an activity they did during the day instead of using their device. A photo of the drawing can be emailed to the teacher. 

Teachers can submit up to three (3) PDFs or six (6) photos provided by students as proof of their classroom completing the challenge.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this activity, students:

  • will understand the difference between a need and a want
  • will have explored and incorporated energy-reduction strategies in their lives

RESOURCES:

Calculate the amount of energy household appliances use in  British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Communities around the world. 

How much do you know about household appliances? Take a quiz here

Recreation Revolution, Canadian Geographic

Pbs kids 

Unicef Canada

Resources for Rethinking 

The Story of STUFF

Classrooms who have completed this Challenge

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Update on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC) in response to extended school closures

We are excited to announce the continuation of the CEDC! We understand that the extended school closures impose a few difficulties when it comes to continued participation in this program, and invite classrooms to channel their creativity and ingenuity to complete any outstanding challenges. Where possible, we will be maintaining the current structure, deadlines and prizing, and will be adapting the existing challenges to be more easily completed by members of the classroom who are self-isolating. If you are able to work safely and remotely to complete challenges with your students, please continue to submit your proof!

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and stay tuned for another update in the coming days.

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