New Central Public School
The Dugout Kids
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A Green-Powered Canada
Students researched different renewable energy sources and created Jamboards to show what they had learned. They learned about solar, wind and hydro power. They shared their learning with our class. We had a great time making puns about renewable energy: Wind Power? We're big fans! Hydro Power- It makes a huge splash! Solar Power is so HOT right now!
Do You Really Need It?
Students discussed items they felt were needs and which were wants. There were many items that many students thought they couldn’t live without, but after careful consideration and considering what other people may not have in the world, we were able to create questions to better guide our thinking; - do I need it to survive? - does it help me be healthy? - did I ever live without it?
For the project me and my friend made posters to show how to help the world. We also made plants to see what the process of growing is. -Isla G Students were also presented with the challenge to try to grow new fruits or vegetables from seeds from their food. We will monitor the progress of these seeds. See the photo of the avocado seed. Students also researched how plants help our Earth: Photosynthesis is the process of green plants and others transforming light energy into energy. Light energy is captured, and used to move water, carbon dioxide, and minerals into oxygen and energy-organic compounds.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
The teacher completed the Carbon Footprint calculator for the class as a model. Then we brainstormed the areas that were made the biggest impact on her carbon footprint. Students were surprised by what was considered a "big house", and a "big car". One of the biggest areas was food- we had a discussion about why meat consumption has such a huge effect on the environment. Meatless Monday was an idea. Students went home to calculate their own carbon footprint.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
Students made and played their game Banana Blues. They enjoyed making cards and tried to make 3 difficulty levels. Some examples are in the photos. We also discussed how "ugly" fruits and vegetables are often forgotten, so grocery stores found a way to help sell them- by making them a little cheaper. This reduces food waste. You can also grow your own food in a garden, this helps you eat local, helps the environment, and gives you an appreciation of what it takes to grow food!
One Hour No Power
Students recorded the amount of time that they did not use any power. Many students have backyard skating rinks and use them at recess, and after school. While the skating rink required energy (including water) to make, students get LOTS of use out of them. They also allow students to play outside socially distanced. Walking dogs, playing at the park, playing in snow, reading books, and practicing Rubik's cubes also topped the charts for hours with no power.
Round and Round it Goes
One of our students, Yahya, did a great job creating a story about Energy-Man. He read it to the class and they loved it. We hope that he will add pictures so we can all see what Energy Man looks like!
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The Phantom of the Classroom
This challenge was eye opening for students, especially in a portable where we are limited with the number of outlets in the classroom, but have MANY things to plug in. We noticed that we had an average of 8 things plugged into each outlet- using a variety of equipment to allow for this many things to be plugged in! This included computers, speakers, pencil sharpeners, lights, lamps, clock, kettle, the projector etc! We decided that over holidays and long weekends we should unplug or turn off the power bars in the classroom. This will reduce the amount of energy used while we are not at school. The heat and ac in the room is motion controlled, and decided that this was an efficient method of heating and cooling the room.
Tips and Tricks
Students made slide shows and notes about how to reduce energy in our homes. Many students chose to focus on electronics that use power when not in use- phone chargers, laptop chargers. Turning off lights, saving water, and wearing a sweater also topped the list for EASY ways to save energy! This was a great way to evaluate the room we were in and how we can reduce energy use at home. It was interesting to compare energy use while online learning to energy use at home but kids are at school. We also touched briefly on how electricity bills work and when it is the most expensive.
Students discussed the amount of water they use a day and we made a list of all the different activities that use water. They then calculated how much water they used per person in one day. This was an eye opening experience, as we are always using new water. We discussed ways to save water like turning off the water when we brush our teeth and taking a shower instead of a bath.