La Salle School
“Less bag, more swag!”
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A Green-Powered Canada
We had a class discussion about renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Brainstormed a list of examples. Students had time to research and complete the worksheet. We developed some criteria for posters and students created their own posters which were put up around the school.
Noticing a lot of garbage on the ground after the snow melted, we went out to clean up garbage from the school yard on one day. Another day we went out and cleaned up the community. Students also researched organizations in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas that promote and support climate action.
Do You Really Need It?
For this challenge we started off with a class discussion about what is a need and what is a want. Students completed the worksheet, choosing 1 "want" to give up for 24 hours. I added a second level to the challenge by asking them to give up "non-educational" use of their school iPads for 24 hours. We had to restart this part of the challenge a few times as it proved quite difficult for some students. Eventually we all did it though!
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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We watched the "Carbon Footprint" video on Youtube as an intro. Then we discussed and wrote down ways to reduce our carbon footprints. Students took a variety of online carbon footprint calculators. After that, students decorated their feet with ways to reduce our carbon footprints. Lastly, students wrote reflections on the experience, including defining a carbon footprint and ways in which people could lower their impact on the environment. We're in a different space now because of COVID, so we don't have a bulletin board. It's a little busy in the background, but the display case window is our best option for posting our feet.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
One Hour No Power
Since our makeshift classroom doesn't have any windows to the outside world, this challenge allowed us to get outside a lot. We were able to experience every type of weather Manitoba has to offer: from bone chilling winter cold to blazing hot summer sun (sometimes all in the same week!). The final hours of this challenge were spent outside all day enjoying the beautiful Earth Day temperatures.
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Round and Round it Goes
The Phantom of the Classroom
We started with students exploring the HydroOne page showing room-by-room examples of phantom power. We shared sources of phantom power and ways to reduce it in their lives. Students used the phantom power calculator on Hydro Quebec's website. Students went around the school and marked sources of phantom power on a map. They then listed ways in which our school could reduce it's phantom power.
Tips and Tricks
Our class took some time to think and discuss some ways to reduce energy use and to act more sustainably. We then created 15 second FlipGrid videos sharing a tip or two. We turned the videos into QR codes and posted them in the hallways at school for everyone to scan.
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We discussed ways in which we use water. Then we went over the worksheet as a class. Students filled in their own sheets for day 1. They shared ways to reduce water use on a Nearpod collaborate board. The next day students filled in the worksheet for day 2.
What’s For Lunch?
We discussed the concept, causes, and consequences of food waste. Then we brainstormed ways to reduce food waste. For one week we tracked our food waste in the classroom (liquid, edible, non-edible, compost) by weighing it each morning for the previous day. Students recorded the data, made graphs, and analyzed the data. In April, we are going to ask other classes if they can do the same thing and we'll compare the results with our class data. Our goal is to have at least 1 zero-waste lunch.
What’s Old is New Again
For this challenge we watched a video on "sustainability" and had a class discussion about example of ways to live more sustainably. I asked students to bring in an old t-shirt. We then watched a video on how to turn an old t-shirt into a tote bag. Finally, we made tote bags.