- 3 Challenges Completed
- 14 Challenges not completed
Do You Really Need It?
We started the lesson off with a brainstorm about things we require to sustain life (needs). Students rattled off a number of ideas- food, shelter, water, etc. Then we discussed things that we enjoy that improve our quality of life (wants). They recognized that the many things they use daily and rely on are wants and not needs. We participated in the challenge by giving up things that use energy- lights, computers, wifi, etc. Students parents signed off on the completion of this task and we added our reflections to the bulletin board.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We started off by learning about what our carbon footprint really is, then moved into ways to offset it. Students worked and brainstormed in groups to create collaborative posters (What is a carbon footprint? What can we do to offset our footprint? Causes our footprint is so large? How many Earth's our classroom needs?) Students used the footprint calculator website to figure out how many Earth's are required to sustain their lifestyle. They were shocked, scared, and some quite upset. This allowed for great conversation about how little changes sure add up. We put up the posters and footrpints and created a display in our school library, hopefully this will start even more conversation.
What’s For Lunch?
We started off by discussing what locally grown means and analyzed what we had in our lunchboxes. We read the book How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? by Chris Butterworth. We then shifted the conversation around to discuss what a balanced meal looks like and how we are fortunate to have all the amazing local food producers we have in our area. We brainstormed and discussed who in our class were suppliers of food to our community and who we knew. We discussed how Indigenous People who lived in our area first would have the best knowledge of local food/recipes, so students examined the Manitoba Metis Cookbook for inspiration. They broke into groups and created their own recipes with as much local food as they could. Students were impressed at their creativity and how they can aquire so much locally.