• Ontario
  • Elementary

Dr. G. J. MacGillivray

JarJar

  • 17 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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Students each chose a type of energy to research. They looked into pros and cons. They made a poster either promoting the energy source, or warning about it.

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Buckle Up

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We discussed why vehicles have such a large carbon footprint, and how this hurts the earth. We watched videos about energy efficient vehicles and students chose one to research. We talked about why these are a better choice, but why they are unattainable for many people.

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Community Connections

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We researched Earth Hour and the history behind it. We talked about why it is important and what families can do for the hour. We made posters and announcements to educate our school about it.

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Do You Really Need It?

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We made a list of wants and needs. We decided to do a whole day without our class lights or projector.

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Get Growing

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We watched some videos about photosynthesis. We discussed how it helps the environment to grow plants and why growing our own food helps our health. We planted peas and beans. Students loved planting, watering and checking on their plants.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We watched a couple videos to learn what a carbon footprint is. Students discussed their carbon footprint and ways to reduce it. They did the calculator and compared results. Most students were shocked to see how large their impact was. They discussed ways they could reduce their family's impact and recorded these on their foot.

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Limited Edition: Game Time!

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We learned about food waste (videos and discussions). We did the worksheets and created 'ugly food superheroes'. We played Pictionary using pictures of ways we waste food and ways to reduce food waste.

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One Hour No Power

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We tried to spend at least one hour without power each day. This usually involved turning off the lights and not using the Smart Board. We spent the time reading, doing math, and art, playing outside and eating. We enjoyed the sunlight, rather than the overhead lights.

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Round and Round it Goes

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We made a list of things we recycle and things we don't recycle. We talked about what happens after we put something in the recycling bin, or the garbage. We talked about ways companies can change to make their packaging or product recyclable and watched some videos of companies we do this, such as H&M recycling old clothes into new clothes, and how this has a much lower footprint than making new.

Story Time

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Students discussed ways to reduce energy use, and why it is so important to reduce energy use. Students made a comic about ways to reduce energy.

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Take-Home

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We discussed ways we dispose of garbage and the options we have. We discussed why this is important to think about. Students brought home their sheets and talked to their families about what they learned and how they can apply it at home.

The Phantom of the Classroom

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We watched a video about phantom power and discussed it. We made a list of everything in our classroom that uses electricity, and which use phantom power. We ranked everything by how much power we think it uses, then researched how much it actually uses.

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Tips and Tricks

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We used all of what we have learned so far and students made posters.

Video Challenge

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We brainstormed the things that we had learned from all of the challenges. We summarized it all into pictures and words.

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Water Works

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We discussed ways that we use water directly and indirectly. Students kept track of what they used. We then discussed how we can reduce our water usage. We were able to reduce it slightly.

What’s For Lunch?

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We discussed where our food comes from, and why this is important. Students looked at where the items in their lunch came from. Students looked at a map and drew lines between Canada and the country of origin for their food. Students were surprised at how far their food travelled.

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What’s Old is New Again

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We collected egg cartons all year and then made sculptures with them.

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Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 118,468 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 3,273 Hours of no power
take_home 25,944 Items Kept from Landfill