• Alberta
  • Elementary

Ellerslie Campus

MASTER MINDS

  • 13 Challenges Completed
  • 4 Challenges not completed

Buckle Up

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Description

Students made a list of types of transportation and then organized them into two categories: requires power vs no power. Then we watched a video Sustainable Transportation to learn about why it's important to make smart mobility choices. During discussion, students were able to add more reasons why we should do it. Then students wrote an opinion writing about why people should make smart mobility choices and supported their opinion using reasons and examples learned from video and class discussion. Finally, they made a poster to encourage people to carpool, walk when traveling a short distance and use public transpiration.

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Community Connections

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After doing a research on existing initiatives in our communities, we chose to be part of "TerraCycle" by creating a collection bin to collect used writing tools and posting posters around the school to encourage other students to participate in.

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Do You Really Need It?

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We brainstorm a list of devices that we use at home and then sorted them into two categories: need and want. Students had different opinions about smart phone; it is a need only for adults vs need for grade 3 students as well. When it was time for them to use one device they'd give up for the next day, there was a big reaction from the whole class. Students shared their choice with peers and suggested to me that they would like to take their sheet home so that their parents would know which device they decided to give up and be proud of them.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We watched a video "Carbon Monster" to learned about what a carbon footprint is and what carbon is. After the video we discussed about the things we do at home that make our carbon footprints bigger and bigger. Then we talked about ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. Students used a footprint template to draw and label 3 things they'd do to make their footprint smaller.

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Limited Edition: Game Time!

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Activity 1: We watched videos recommended by CEDC to first learn about what "food loss" and "food waste" are and how we can reduce an amount of food we are wasting both in school and at home. Using the worksheet (optional 1) students organized ideas and then wrote a letter to a friend, teacher or parent urging them why and how we can reduce food waste.

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One Hour No Power

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Activity 1: We made a list of items we use in the classroom that require power. And then sorted the items into needs vs wants. Before we dive into this challenge, we decided to choose one item that we can give up for one afternoon. It was the lights since we get enough sunlight from outside. It was a big success and fun. Activity 1: Students were more encouraged and willing to go without power for a longer period of item. We engaged in lots of different activities to complete the challenge; quiet reading, outdoor activities, tobogganing, walk to a pond, and writing activities.

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Story Time

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As part of our "One Hour No Power" challenge, we decided to draw a 4-cut cartoon to share with the school. In small groups, students brainstormed ideas and different ways to reduce our carbon footprint and drew a 4-cut cartoon to encourage people to reduce or how to make their carbon footprint and save the energy at home. Cartoons were displayed on lockers in the hallway.

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Take-Home

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Activity: We talked about why it's important for us to reduce the amount of single-use items. We surveyed how many students use a reusable water bottle vs single-use cup. Then extended the topic to include single-use items like plastic bags and containers we use and waste at home. Activity 2: We watched a video to learn about what "composting" is and how we can start it at home. Students shared with the class about how they are recycling at home. For example, sorting plastics and cardboard boxes into different bins. Take Home: Students completed a waste tracking sheet at home.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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We watched a video about phantom energy to learn about what it is. Then looked for devices that are plugged in but not being used. For desk activity, students created a phantom energy map on their whiteboard. Once students became familiar with the concept of phantom energy, they were challenged to work with their table members to draw a map that shows phantom energy in one of the students' homes.

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Tips and Tricks

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After completing other challenges such as phantom energy, reducing food waste and water use, students become more familiar and confident with their knowledge of how to save energy both in school and at home. They worked in a small group to create energy saving tips posters and displayed them in the hallway to share their tips with the whole school.

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Water Works

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Students talked about different ways to save water and why it's important to save water. Then students took Water Works challenge home on Friday and completed it over a 2-day period.

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What’s For Lunch?

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Activity 1: After morning snack time, we watched videos to learn about Food Miles and talked about how what they just ate for AM snack are not all produced or grown in our province or country. Then students wondered where they are from and how they are transported to our local store. Students discussed and researched about how food items are transported from countries where they are produced/grown to us and connected this to the carbon footprint challenge we did. Activity 2: We talked about food items that are locally produced. For example, we talked about how Alberta is one of provinces that produces the most wheat in Canada and the food items that we can make using wheat. We linked this to what we learned about fertile soil and crop-growing in Social Studies and made a list of things that farms grow in Alberta such as cows (meat dairy products), chicken and canola (oil). Additionally, some students shared with the class about local food items they saw when they went to a farmer's market. Students worked as a group to create a recipe using local food items.

What’s Old is New Again

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Students brought it recyclable materials home: toilet paper rolls, kleenex boxes, shoe boxes, bottles and etc. We tried sorting them by shapes and materials (plastic, paper or metal). We watched a video The Adventure of a Plastic Bottle to learn about recycling process. We will continue to explore recycling throughout the challenge period. Since this is our Valentine's week we decided use the recyclable materials we have collected to make a Valentine's mailbox. Students researched about creative ideas and created cute mailboxes which they'll use to collect cards from their peers.

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Round and Round it Goes

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A Green-Powered Canada

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Get Growing

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Video Challenge

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Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 28,843 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 856 Hours of no power
take_home 6,270 Items Kept from Landfill