Campbell Children’s School
- 10 Challenges Completed
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A Green-Powered Canada
For this challenge our online kindergarten class discussed the differences between renewable and non renewable resources. This was a new concept for our students. We watched a video that helped explain what renewable energy is, and focused on hydro and solar power and how they are used in Canada. We discussed the importance of hydro and solar power uses in Canada. We looked at images of hydro and solar power and asked the students if they had ever seen any examples of it. We also watched a Bill Nye video on solar power. One student said their neighbour has solar panels on their roof and that they wished they had some too. Lastly we discussed how we could use solar and hydro power more in the future the students came up with how houses, schools and buildings should all use solar power. Solar power street lights, and solar power cars and busses).
We are an online kindergarten class. So we begun our zoom meeting by discussing the different modes of transportation. How people get from one place to the next. As the students were coming up with ideas, we charted down their answers. We then watched the video "Sustainable Transport". This was to introduce them to the term "sustainable" as well as to see if there were any modes of transportation we had missed. We then went back to our chart and discussed how some modes of transportation are more "sustainable" or "healthier" then others for the environment. The students were able to identify the more sustainable methods and we put a * next to their answers. The students then played a fun game where we looked at different modes of transportation and they had to decide how that mode travels (air, ground, water). Lastly the students were asked to create a drawing/poster of one or more sustainable modes of transportation.
Do You Really Need It?
We had an online class and a zoom meeting..We watched a video on needs and wants together and talked about the differences. We paused the video and talked about some peoples needs and different things. [like wheelchair, glasses]. We also did a google slide and made a list of needs and want.Then we played a game showing the students different pictures and they had to tell us if it was a want or need and why? A student brought up McDonalds. We agreed that it was a want and not a need. I explained there were other choices of food we could also have.
In our zoom call, we asked our students to bring seeds of their choice, paper towel and a mason jar. We started discussing of what do plants needs to grow. We continue talking about parts of the plant, life cycle and how plants helps to improve the air quality. Then we watched a video and asked our students to do and activity. Everyone watched their seeds each day to see the development and they were very excited to see how their seeds were growing and they took pictures to share with their classmates.
One Hour No Power
To complete this challenge with our online kindergarten class, we introduced the idea of waste, and where waste should go. We discussed how we have a compost bin and they types of items that belong in compost. Then we discussed the recycling bins and what types of items belong in their, and lastly the garbage, how if it doesn't belong in the compost or recycling bin then it most likely will go into the garbage. We discussed how too many items get thrown into the garbage when they don't belong in the garbage. We showed them the video from the PBS link, and discussed ways to use items multiple times before they are thrown away. Lastly, we gave the students a tracking sheet and asked them (and their parents) to track the items that were recycled or composted versus thrown into the garbage, and the items that they could use more than one time. After completing their tracking sheets we posted it onto our online school portal for everyone to see.
Tips and Tricks
To complete this challenge with our online kindergarten group, we started off my reading the story "Why Should I Save Energy". This was a great way to introduce the idea that we have to be careful not to waste our energy and that it could one day run out. Sometimes it does run out for short periods of time with power failures. Then we discussed all the things we wouldn't be able to use if we ran out of energy. After the story, we brainstormed and recorded tips on how to save energy. The students had a great time coming up with their own ideas. After coming up with a list 10 tips, we told the students that its very important to tell friends and family about the tips we came up with so they can be aware and try to save energy too. Lastly, we asked the student to draw a poster of a way they can save energy in their homes, and we posted it to our online school platform.
We are a virtual kindergarten class and began discussing this challenge on World Water Day! First we watched the video "Save Water to Help the Earth". Then we read the story "Why Should I Save Water". After that we discussed the importance of water, and brainstormed ideas on why water is important. The last activity we did was calculate our teachers water usage using the water calculator. We gave the students/parents the link so they could do the same and post their results on our online platform. We then assigned the Water Works worksheet for the students and parents to track what they used over the 2 day period.
What’s For Lunch?
We are a kindergarten online class, and set up a zoom call with our students. We asked them each to bring a snack or two for our meeting. We created a google slide with a map of the world and a map of Ontario so we could plot where everyones snacks came from. Then we discussed the carbon footprint of how far some of the foods had to travel. We discussed that during the warmer months, we can grow some of the foods here and can purchase them from farmers markets or grocery stores. But that during the winter months, if we want those same foods, we have to get them from other warmer countries. The students couldn't believe how far some of our foods came from (grapes from South Africa, fruit from Israel and Mexico) We also read a story by Dr. Seuss called Green Eggs and Ham. And We did an activity on healthy food choices and making healthy meals. At the end we also made a chart of each item the students and teachers brought and wrote where they originated from. We also discussed the importance of healthy eating and trying new foods. Our students were all VERY excited to bring and discuss their snacks for this challenge. One of our students posted about a new food they tried after our zoom meeting and he really loved it!