• British Columbia
  • Elementary

Cultus Lake Community School

Cultus Cubs

“nature explorers”

  • 8 Challenges Completed
  • 9 Challenges not completed

Buckle Up

Completed

Description

Our K/1 class brainstormed ways to get to school using less energy. The popular answers were: biking, walking, skateboarding, car-pooling and taking the bus. Students then made posters which we put on display for others to learn from.

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Do You Really Need It?

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Our class looked at things that we used everyday, at home and at school, then decided if it was a want or a need. Everyone agreed that they needed to keep their fridge and furnace on at home, but most thought they could give up their video games and TV. Some were able to , but not everyone, so we decided to do a classroom challenge at school that everyone would take part in. Our class agreed that we could give up our lights for a whole day. Instead we went outside to do nature explorations, played games and we were still able to read and write inside with natural light. Later, we read "The Lorax" which had a good lesson about wants and needs.

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Get Growing

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We have been learning how plants grow and decided to start our school garden early . We planted garlic in the fall and will add potatoes and chives soon. We are hoping to harvest them in June and make garlic mashed potatoes with chives. We have also planted tulips in areas around the school, including in our classroom. They are just starting to pop up. In the fall, we started following the decompostion of our classroom pumpkin. It is pretty mushy now. Students are learning first-hand how decomposition works.

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One Hour No Power

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As a class, we discussed ways we could use less power and the most obvious was learning outside. We are a Nature K/1 class so we spend time out in nature everyday doing ...walks, bird counts, rock-hounding, journalling, math, music, art...We also have started doing a lights-out lunch and will turn off all power when there is enough natural sunlight.

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Story Time

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We discussed what we have been learning from the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge and decided to create comic strips with a message. Some were about saving energy, others were about saving water, protecting nature, composting and recycling. We still have much to learn, but students were excited to share what they have discovered with others.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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We watched the videos on Phantom Power, then we searched our classroom for possible sources. Students pointed out the projector, wi-fi, my computer and the speakers as all wasting energy when not unplugged. So...we mapped the energy wasters and decided to use power cords where we could to save energy. They also checked their own homes to teach their parents about phantom power.

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What’s For Lunch?

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Our class examined our food comes from and how far it travels to get to our plate. We decided to choose our favorite local recipe and write it out (with help) for a Cultus Cub Local Recipe book. Students and parents will be able to try out each others recipes...bacon-wrapped steak, Cobb Salad, Blueberry Muffins, Fruity Smoothies, Mushroom Chicken...lots of healthy choices. We can't wait!

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What’s Old is New Again

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Students decided to do a special project for Earth Day by recycling an old item to make something new. We collected toilet paper rolls and made them into birdfeeders by rolling them in Wow Butter and birdseed. We then hung the birdfeeders with degradable string on the forest trails that we explore daily. Students made an extra birdfeeder to take home so they could watch the local birds feed. The birds were happy on Earth Day to get this special treat.

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A Green-Powered Canada

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Community Connections

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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Limited Edition: Game Time!

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Round and Round it Goes

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Take-Home

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Tips and Tricks

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Video Challenge

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Water Works

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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