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.
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
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