The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

63 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the concept of carbon footprints and calculate their own.

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: Calculate your carbon footprint and compare it with that of someone in the developing world

Students will explore the concept of a carbon footprint. Students will then calculate their carbon footprint and that of someone in a developing country and compare the two.  

Option 2: Calculate your carbon footprint and make changes to reduce it

Students will explore the concept of a carbon footprint, calculate their yearly carbon footprint and create a display informing others how to reduce or offset their carbon footprints.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this activity, students will:

  • calculate their carbon footprint and explain its importance
  • compare and contrast standards of living in Canada and those in developing countries (option 1)
  • determine ways to decrease their carbon footprint (option 2)


CEDC blog: which calculator is right for your class

The Carbon Monster: This is a great video to help introduce what a carbon footprint is to younger grades.

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You can also try the carbon footprint calculator

Read what the Nature Conservancy has to say about carbon footprints. 

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Watch a video explaining the carbon footprint. 

Watch a 3-D animation explaining how we use - and misuse - energy. 

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