The Awesome Alligators
- 6 Challenges Completed
- 11 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
This was our first lesson. We listed out the 10 different types of energy sources that we have in Canada. We watched the Renewable Energy 101 video, completed the “What is renewable energy?” worksheet from BC Hydro, and distinguished between the renewable and non-renewable resources. We had a long discussion about the types of energy sources that the students have seen. We discussed how we get our electricity from the WAC Bennett Dam and completed the “How smart is hydroelectricity “ booklet from BC Hydro. In later weeks, the early-finisher students researched the different renewable energy sources found in Canada. We came back after 3 weeks and discussed renewable energy in Canada and what Canada’s energy future might look like.
Do You Really Need It?
We brainstormed all the items that you use at home that require energy. We distinguished between needs and wants. The students completed the worksheet on their own and wrote in their agendas what item they would give up for one day. We discussed how easy or hard the challenge was the next day.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We watched the Carbon Monster video. The students took notes and we defined carbon footprint, carbon, and carbon offsetting. We discussed how to make a carbon footprint smaller. Students went to a website and took a questionnaire which calculated their carbon footprint. On the footprint worksheet, students gave 4 ways that they could make their carbon footprint smaller and coloured their footprint.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We watched the video about phantom power and discussed it. We looked at the Hydro One website and discussed the amount of phantom power used for electronics, listed items in all our houses that use phantom power, and talked about tips to reduce phantom power. Students made a map of their home showing all the phantom power sources.
What’s For Lunch?
The students compared the places that our food comes from when you buy local or buy from the grocery story. They had to calculate the kilometres it took and the time it would take in both scenarios. Then we discussed and reflected on the benefits of buying local and what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint when shopping for food.
What’s Old is New Again
Students made an art project using old magazines. They cut out pieces of coloured magazine pages and clued them onto a white paper from the recycling bin to make a colourful background. They then cut out a shape/picture from black paper and glued it over the coloured background.