• Ontario
  • Elementary

John M James Public School

#JAGUAR5

  • 17 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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Students brainstormed a list of renewable energy sources. They chose one to do research on. Students used the internet to write about that energy source and how it is being used in Canada. https://www.bullfrogpower.com/green-energy/projects-and-sources/

Buckle Up

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Students completed option 1 for this challenge. We created a display comparing sustainable and unsustainable forms of transportation. Students researched new cutting edge sustainable transportation technologies. They included how the sustainable transportation benefits us and how it is powered by writing this info on their sustainable transportation drawings. They also described how the unsustainable forms are harmful on their unsustainable transportation drawings.

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Community Connections

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Students collected garbage throughout the school property and the local tennis courts and park. Students used safety precautions by staying in small groups, wearing gloves, and sanitizing their hands thoroughly after. Students were amazed to see so much garbage by the fences and in the trees. We disposed of all of the garbage in the dumpster.

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Do You Really Need It?

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As a class, we discussed the difference between wants and needs. Students filled out the worksheet and chose one energy item that they would commonly use to go without using for 24hrs. After fulfilling this challenge at home, students reflected on the experience.

Get Growing

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We first attempted this challenge many weeks ago by trying to grow a variety of plants in the classroom. We were unsuccessful due to a poor amount of sunlight coming through our windows in the portable. Students then were given the task of growing their own plants at home and tracking the growth on their Get Growing sheets. We also talked about photosynthesis and carbon neutral programs in class.

How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We discussed and watched videos (Green Ninja) about carbon footprints. Students calculated their footprints using the Zero Footprint Youth website. They created art depicting the size of their footprint in CO2 and how many Earth's we'd need to support life if everyone lived the same way (the toes). Inside the foot were drawings of things that contributed to the footprint and outside of the foot are drawings to improve the footprint.

Limited Edition: Game Time!

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Students watched a video about the problem of the world's food waste: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RlxySFrkIM&t=1s We came up with a list of ways that food waste is created and ways that we can prevent food waste. Students were given the worksheet and chose 4 terms from each list to draw in secret. When sheets were collected we showed them over the document projector and guessed which term the student drew in each section.

One Hour No Power

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Students were given a One Hour No Power tracking sheet to complete this challenge at home. They sent me pictures of their completed tracking sheets. Students tried to go without using power and did activities that didn't involve using energy instead.

Round and Round it Goes

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Students watched a video to learn about the concept of a circular economy: https://youtu.be/_9mHi93n2AI After going through a specific example with the class, students did research to find items that could be made, re-used/repaired, and recycled in a circular fashion. They filled out the circular economy diagram.

Story Time

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Students watched an episode of "Stop the Smoggies" for ideas on how they could go about writing an energy-related story. After brainstorming a list of energy issues, students selected one and wrote an energy-related comic.

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Take-Home

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Students used the tracking sheets to keep track of their garbage, recycled/reused items, and composted items at home for 5 days. They tried to reduce the amount of garbage produced in their household.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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As a class we discussed the concept of phantom power. Students completed this challenge at home during Distance Learning.

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Tips and Tricks

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Students selected an energy saving tip from the internet and created energy saving tip posters. They put the posters up on the walls throughout the school.

Video Challenge

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We selected an energy issue as a class: plastic bags. We created a story board as a class for our PSA. Students made drawings and sound effects for our stop motion video.

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Water Works

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Students tracked their typical water usage at home on day 1. On day 2 they tried to be more aware of their water usage by using less water throughout the day. They calculated the water savings from day 1 to day 2.

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What’s For Lunch?

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Students researched locally grown food and made a recipe using local ingredients.

What’s Old is New Again

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Students completed this challenge during Distance Learning and we shared photos of our items with the class.

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