The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

33 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will calculate the amount of water they use and determine ways to reduce it.

There is only one option for this challenge. See below for suggested modification for completion at home. You will only be able to submit your work and get points for one option. 

Please complete the challenge to determine how many litres (L) of water you can save. Once you hit “submit,” your savings will be added to the total savings on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge homepage.

Option 2: Suggested modification for completion at home

Students will complete a modified version of this challenge and will calculate the amount of water they use and determine ways to reduce it.

Students or parents/guardians can save an electronic copy of the “Water works” 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 themselves saving water at home. 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, as well as the number of litres of water saved.

Learning outcomes
By the end of this activity, students:

  • will have determined and discussed their daily water use
  • will have identified strategies and initiatives for reducing water use
  • will have worked to reduce their daily water use

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Visit the Water Education Foundation website to learn about direct and indirect water use. 

Learn about "virtual water" and the water you eat through this Canadian Geographic article. 

Visit the Water Footprint Network to see just how much water countries, corporations and processes such as farming use. 

A National Geographic article explains how washing your hands with a far higher temperature than is neccessary to kill germs wastes a surprising amount of energy. 

Visit Levi's website to learn about how you can save water, and to find out what 'waterless' jeans are. 

World Water Day  

Canadian Geographic protect your watershed

Wateraid

Watersheds video

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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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