The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

57 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the process of photosynthesis and the important role it plays in carbon offsetting.

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: Explore the growth process of plants in your classroom
Students will learn about carbon offsetting and photosynthesis, plant their own seed and monitor their seed’s growth.

OPTION 2: Create a school or community garden
Students will create a garden, monitor its progress and reflect on the benefits of having a garden in their school or community.

OPTION 3: Suggested modification for completion at home

Students will complete a modified version of Option 1 and will explore the growth process of plants from home. 

If students have already started seeds or cuttings at home, they can study their plants to complete this challenge.

If students do not have plants at home, they can try growing virtual plants, for example, using:

  • Gizmos, which can be used free for 5 minutes a day without an account

  • Backyard science, which covers the steps involved in maintaining a tomato plant

Students or parents/guardians can print a  copy of the “Plant life cycle” worksheet (found in the lesson plan) and fill it out, or write down their observations on their own sheet of paper. 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 the lifecycle of a flowering or vegetable plant. 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. Photos of plants growing at home will also be accepted.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this activity, students:

  • will understand the concepts of photosynthesis, carbon footprints and carbon offsets
  • will understand the role of photosynthesis in plants and the environmental benefits plants provide
  • will have discussed the benefits of carbon offsetting

RESOURCES:

Check out this innovative new way to have a garden in the middle of a city! Growing Undergound is doing just that underneath London, England.

The Shell True North Project 

Purchasing Carbon Offsets, The David Suzuki Foundation 

Tree Canada 

How does a Seed Become a plant video

University of Alberta animation of photosynthesis 

Tomato Sphere

How Stuff Works: Photosynthesis 

How can we make crops survive without water (Ted Talk video)

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