Duke of Marlborough
#1 Chilled in Churchill
- 6 Challenges Completed
- 11 Challenges not completed
Do You Really Need It?
We talked about devices we use every day, whether we are at school or at home. Since I wanted to do this challenge at school, I decided to eliminate laptops (including my own), document camera, plus our use of the Loft (like a smartboard). Planning activities for the day was a bit of a challenge, but I think the students had fun. We replaced designated computer time (Math and ELA blocks) with interactive, socially distant games.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
For this challenge, we talked about how everyone has a carbon footprint and how it is possible to lower our carbon footprint based on decisions we make daily. We watched videos that explained carbon footprint, and tips to lower it. Students then used an online carbon footprint calculator to determine their own personal scores. We learned that our numbers were all fairly close. In a small, isolated town, this came as no surprise. The students then wrote tips on their own foot printouts.
For this challenge, I showed students some videos that showed the future in two very different ways; One video was very futuristic with robots, flying cars, and some other very impressive technological advances. The second video was quite bleak; earth in the end was uninhabitable. After watching these two videos, I wanted to show a couple of inspiring videos that showed the beauty of our planet. We talked about what our world might look like thirty – fifty years from now and what we could do to ensure a clean and green planet. The students then wrote a letter to their future selves.
The Phantom of the Classroom
For this challenge, I asked the students what they thought “phantom power” was. A couple of students had the right idea, so we went further by watching some videos explaining phantom power with more details. We talked about phantom power in our classroom and because we are not in our regular classroom, there really was not very much. We then talked about what phantom power could be in our homes, and what rooms might have more of this power. At the beginning of this school year, I recognized that these students really enjoyed drawing maps, so they were excited to draw maps of their homes. They indicated phantom power using red x’s.
I started this challenge by discussing access to clean, fresh water. As expected, students were relating water crisis to third world countries. I then asked if it was possible for this to happen in Canada. They talked about how we had to boil water a couple of years ago because the water was not safe to drink. This boil water advisory only lasted a short time. I showed the students a documentary about a community in Manitoba that had no access to clean water for 20 years. This sparked a great discussion about how easy it is to take water for granted. For the next lesson, we looked at videos about water footprint and how we can relate this to carbon footprint which we learned about previously. We talked about ways we could save water at home. Students were then challenged to track water usage at home.
What’s Old is New Again
This challenge was something the students completely embraced! There are students in this class who create recycled art projects at home, and they bring their creations to school to share on a regular basis. For this challenge, I showed the students different art pieces created from trash. We talked about what materials could be used to make a recycled art piece. As part of their homework, they were asked to make a list of items they had at home that could be used to make a recycled piece of art. They also had to brainstorm some ideas of what they could make. Students were then asked to bring in materials for the next art class, and they certainly delivered! We had a pile of stuff. We took our regular one-hour class to work on projects and of course, they begged for more time. I took another hour block a few days later to continue working on projects. Students then displayed their creations.