“Be a Good Friend & Take Care of Our Planet”
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Do You Really Need It?
This challenge was our kick-off to the Energy Diet Challenge. 1. The students were at home for a snow day and one of their activities was to make a list of anything they used at home that used energy. 2. The next day we talked about our lists, tallied our results, and created a graph with the top five ways our class uses energy. 3. I asked the students what the word ENERGY means? We came up with a definition but we also had a few debates (e.g., does water from our tap use energy, do we only count the fridge when we open the door) and a great debate about whether the gas in a snowmobile was a form of energy or not (the vote was 60-40). I let them try to answer the question themselves and a student found a video for us to watch that answered the question. This is the link to the video we watched: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JasIvS7oYw4. It is called "Fossil Fuels for Kids | Learn all about fossil fuels, what they are, and where they come from" from Clarendon Learning. 4. We made notes during the video on our whiteboards and I created an anchor chart for the students. We answered our question. 5. The students then determined whether the energy they used was a need or a want and they chose what they were going to give up.