Campbell Children’s School
- 17 Challenges Completed
- 0 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
We have spent the last few days talking about renewable and non renewable sources of energy. As a class we watched a video about how to get power from the sun using solar panels and wind power with windmills. We had a classroom discussion on what they would choose if they built a new house when they were older and why. We then built a community using recycled materials that included solar powered street lights, windmills and community gardens to reduce our food miles. Some of the buildings even have solar panels on the roof (black squares on the roof).
We have spent the last two days talking about different modes of transportation and the effect that each one has on the environment. We talked about the difference between mass transportation like buses and subways and carpooling, and better ways for smaller trips, like walking, or riding a bike. We then spent the morning drawing posters that we are posting around the school to help people make better choices in their travel plans. We also watched a video on different modes of energy efficient transportation.
We had a discussion about saving energy, and decided to challenge our parents to recycle 10 new items today to help eliminate waste. We posted it on our classroom web page that we use to communicate with our families. We then extended our challenges by working with the children treatment centre attached to our school, who will issue challenges as a series of online events on their social media pages. And will feature some of the other energy challenges as well.
Do You Really Need It?
Today we had a classroom discussion about needs versus wants, and what each of those mean. We made a list of items we need, and a list of items we want. When one of the students said we needed a plant, we talked about what a plant can do (make oxygen, grow vegetables) and we decided we need a plant. We talked about how long we use hot water when we shower, use the lights and play with an iPad. We decided that since the ceiling lights in our classroom use too much electricity, we are going to give up using the lights for the rest of the day and use the light by the window and small finger flashlights. Then watched a video about needs and wants.
As we are currently online, we completed a lesson on photosynthesis and how plants improve air quality. We have done a bean growing challenge to see if beans will grow with only water and sunlight. During a live online session we made predictions on the growth and discussed a plant life cycle and Ben if it’s to air quality.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We completed this challenge by starting off with a conversation about energy uses. Then we watched a video to introduce carbon footprints. We had a classroom discussion about why carbon footprints are important and why we should try to reduce it. “Being nice to the planet” was a concept that the children were able to grasp and understand. We then each completed a footprint picture explaining how we are able to reduce our carbon footprint.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
We made a real life size board game using plastic carpet dots and pictures of different used items (like plastic bottles, banana peels, cardboard boxes, etc). The children took turns spinning the dice wheel and then counted the dots. They had to move forward around the classroom on the dots to find their square. Each dot had a picture, they had to identify it, and decide if it went into the garbage, recycling or compost. They could ask a friend for help if they needed it, and had to complete their way around the board (classroom) in order to move onto another activity.
One Hour No Power
We started this challenge when we were doing online learning and finished this when we returned to in-person learning in the classroom. We challenged each student to complete one hour of no power at home, and then when we returned to the class we brainstormed as a group when would be the best time to complete this challenge and what were the rules to be safe while there was no power. The children were excited to complete this challenge, and were sad when we had to put the lights back on.
Round and Round it Goes
Today we completed our lesson on circular vs linear economy. Since we are a kindergarten class we used vocabulary like straight line to the garbage, or around in a circle and can be reused or recycled. We started with a paper mask vs a reusable cloth mask, then moved onto plastic/cloth bags and then students were challenged to find items in the classroom that are either part of the straight line to the garbage or can be part of the circle to reuse/recycle.
We used our online platform to have a lesson and discuss what compost, recycling and garbage is. We talked about replacing single use items with items that won’t be thrown out after one use. We had some of our families volunteer to track their waste, and make changes. From the families that participated here are the total numbers: Compost/recycle: 115 Replace: 47 Garbage: 37 Total of items that did not make it into the garbage: 162
The Phantom of the Classroom
Today we watched a video about finding phantom energy sources. We had a class discussion and worked as a group to map and identify different phantom energy uses in our classroom. During our discussion a few friends made some great observations, and everyone found 1 item in our classroom to add to our map. When we were leaving William said to turn off the smart board so it doesn’t waste energy. Isaac found an iPad that was not plugged in, we discussed how it uses energy and when it’s plugged in and finished charging then it using phantom energy. William explained that if something is plugged in then that’s called wasting energy. At the end of the lesson the students were asked if anyone can tell us what phantom energy is, Brooklyn said “it uses electricity that no one is using and is being wasted”
Tips and Tricks
We had a group discussion with the children and talk about how we can save energy. We settled on a few tips 1. Keep the lights off 2. Recycle and reuse 3. save water 4. Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. We then made posters and create a display of these posters in the hallways of our school and treatment centre we are attached to.
Students were asked to pick which challenge we did was their favorite and what we could teach other people to do. We took small videos of each child telling us something they wanted to tell other people and with the educators help we put them together into a short video. As we are a specialized school, we have encouraged our children to use their communication devices to highlight their abilities.
During our online class, we discussed clean water, and how it is a valuable resource that not everyone has access to. We discussed typical usage and ways to save. We incorporated a video on water consumption, tracked our water use for 2 days as well as identify water (and its use) in our homes.
What’s For Lunch?
As an online lesson, we created a video explaining what food miles is and the impact of the carbon that transporting our food has on the earth and air quality. We discussed different methods of how they got here, boat, plain, transport, etc. We held a Zoom snackand chat on friday, feb 12/2021 (heart themed for valentines) where they each brought their snack and needed to tell us where the ingrediants came from. If the students were able to identify where on a map they mapped it themselves, otherwise we created a classroom map based on their food choices. Children were able to discuss why it was better to shop and buy local for food.
What’s Old is New Again
Since our classroom is currently working online only, after a short lesson on the importance of upcycling and waste management, we issued the challenge for the children to explore their blue boxes at home and create something out of the finds. They then posted pictures of their creations on the classroom app (seesaw)