Sir John Moore
Knights of the Cottage
- 7 Challenges Completed
- 10 Challenges not completed
Students completed smart mobility posters after researching what some ideas of smart mobility are. They realized simple things like biking, rollerblading, etc happen more when kids are younger versus as people become adults and decided to do their posters to reflect doing these things rather than driving to highlight the importance of reducing our carbon footprint and making small differences to help the planet.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
As a class we discussed what a carbon footprint is. We talked about our geological location and how some areas may have a higher carbon footprint for various reasons (longer commute, etc). We then looked at the average carbon footprint and used the calculator to see how big our footprint was. Finally, students brainstormed ways to reduce their carbon footprint and decorated their 'feet' with the different ways they came up with and wrote their footprint average on the back.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
After lots of discussion in class about how to reduce our waste students generated multiple choice questions that we put into an online game called Kahoot! And then played together as a class. This gave us an opportunity to investigate more into food waste, energy conservation and our carbon footprints. Students enjoyed seeing their questions and answering those of others in a fun way!
Tips and Tricks
After completing our carbon footprint challenge students were intrigued to find ways they could reduce their own footprint and transferred some of that knowledge into sharing energy-saving tips with the school. We are out in a portable and have nick named it "The Cottage" which is why on each slide it says: 'Energy saving tips from The Cottage'. We have virtual morning announcements that run off of Google Slides so each student created a Google Slide with a different energy saving tip that they learned from the carbon footprint challenge and we brainstormed some other ways to conserve energy.
Throughout the challenges so far, the class has become more aware of issues relating to energy conservation, their carbon footprints and how to help make a positive impact. They brainstormed various things they wanted to discuss as their public service announcement. They split into groups and each of them covered a topic of importance. One was composting, another was fun things to do outside and conserve power. The other two groups decided to talk about the importance of recycling. Since we were only able to upload one of the 4 videos we had a class vote on the one to submit and then decided to share the other videos on our virtual school announcements for everyone to see!
What’s For Lunch?
We brainstormed a list of locally grown foods and products. We realized how lucky we are to have so many local markets, farmers and agriculture in our area that provides us with an abundance of food products. Everything from beef, chicken and poultry farms to locally grown vegetables, fruits and wheat. We discussed how some of the dairy farms in our area produce cheese and other products to give them an idea of the kinds of recipes they could create. Some students looked for recipes online that they could use and realized how some of them require a lot of out-sourced products and we then traced the carbon footprint of using these items in our recipes. We decided to keep it 100% local for our recipes and created an online class cookbook (to reduce any paper waste) that we could share on our Google Classroom. Normally, we would make a few of these recipes but with Covid restrictions we are not allowed so we shared the cookbook with parents on our online platform so they can try out some of these recipes at home.
What’s Old is New Again
We came up with creative design ideas of things we could create out of recycled materials. Using these materials we built art sculptures, speakers, bird feeders, etc. Students are displaying pictures of their items on the morning announcements for the school to see to encourage recycled creativity rather than buying certain items.