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A Green-Powered Canada
My class weren't sure what Earth Hour was. They learned about it and we brainstormed ways in which they could participate. They told their families about Earth Hour and did various activities at home such as going for a walk and playing games. We decided to change the time of Earth hour as it would have been past their bedtimes. Student's were excited to share what they and their families had done.
Do You Really Need It?
Our class talked about the energy consuming items that we use daily. Students made lists on their mini whiteboards. They then circled those that they decided fit more into the 'want' category than the 'privilege' category. We talked about the items that we can go without. Our class decided to give up lights, computers, ipads and our smartboard for a whole day. They also pledged to give up one item at home for a whole day. Those varied from ipads to tvs to phones.
We discussed photosynthesis and carbon offsetting and we looked at the provided sheet. Students completed the photosynthesis sheet. Our class discussed how plants help reduce air pollution. We planted flowers but only a few started to grow. We will be re-planting tomorrow and will continue to observe.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
Limited Edition: Game Time!
We talked about how we waste food at home and we came up with a long list. We then talked about what goes into getting a loaf of bread to the store. From other challenges, students were able to talk about the water that goes into crops and the energy used to grow, manufacture and transport food to stores. We had a conversation about how we can all decrease our food waste. Students completed the sheet and we played Pictionary using their ideas.
One Hour No Power
We discussed what uses power and the affect it has on our planet. We brainstormed ways that we could use less power and whether we could get through our day without it. We then gave up all power in our classroom multiple times and worked with the sunlight. Students were excited to have the lights off and to be working without power.
Round and Round it Goes
We thought back to a guest speaker from Green Schools that we had recently and reviewed renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. We discussed how we are using energy today and how we are seeing more windmills and solar panels in our province. Students thought about what it might be like to live here in 20 or 50 years. They then wrote letters to their future selves about their energy usage and what changes they will make in the future. They also had lots of questions for their future selves!
The Phantom of the Classroom
We talked about where we use power in our classroom and then talked about how electronics use power even when we aren't using them. We watched a phantom power video and looked at a graph showing how much active power and phantom power some electronics use. We then talked about what in our homes use power. Students drew maps of their homes and labeled things that use phantom power.
Tips and Tricks
Our class discussed where water comes from and how we use water. We read the books 'One Well' and brainstormed ways in which we waste water and how we can decrease that amount. Students calculated their water footprint with a quiz in the book 'Every Drop Counts'. They kept track of their water usage on day 1 and day 2 and calculated the difference.
What’s For Lunch?
We talked about where foods come from. We came up with a list of foods that are grown or produced locally. Our class discussed the energy that would go into getting oranges from Florida as opposed to buying apples grown down the road. They talked about recipes with their families and brought locally grown ingredient lists to school. Students then completed the recipe card page.