- 9 Challenges Completed
- 8 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
The class started off discussing renewable vs non renewable energy sources and focused on the 4 major ones in Canada. Then, students branched out into little groups to conduct their research on their energy source. They filled in the workshet, then created a visual for the Shell Diet Bulletin Board.
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.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
Students loved this challenge! We discussed, researched, and questioned different sources as we examined food security and food waste in Canada, and focused on Manitoba. Students collaborated with a partner to create a slide show trivia question, as well as a "Minute to Win It" style activity. Students played in teams, and had a great time learning about food waste.
One Hour No Power
Students kept track of the hours they spent outdoors, and without using power! Some activities students participated in were bike riding, walking, basketball, trampoline time, hanging out with friends, and reading outdoors. We are fortunate to have an outdoor classroom space, so all students spend a good amount of time during their school day outdoors.
We started off with a class brainstorm about all the ways we use plastics, then we watched a Ted Talk about what happens to plastics when we throw them away. We learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and dove deeper into that topic. Students then did the Take-Home Challenge; they loved challenging a family member! As an extension of the challenge, we had students group up and create informational posters to educate the student body. We posted these in the grade 6-12 classrooms in our school
For this challenge we started off brainstorming how we all use water. Students were shocked to learn about how much water goes into things they didn't even consider; clothing, food, ect. We watched a video on World Water Day, as well as World Water Crisis. Students were shocked to learn the injustices around the world. One student commented, "My stomach hurts thinking about it" From there we read the Secretary Generals' speech from World Water Day. Students then responded to the theme; "What water means to me". They created posters for our bulletin board to share their knowledge. They also tracked their use on the water log sheets. In total, our classroom saved 3211 litres! Our local newspaper caught wind of what we were doing, and interviewed several students. They told them how they plan to continue putting their water saving practices into play with their whole family!
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.