Lambton/Kent Virtual Learning Elementary School
1 VLES Vipers
“No excuse for energy misuse!”
- 13 Challenges Completed
- 4 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
Do You Really Need It?
We had a class discussion of devices in our lives and classified them as needs or wants. We then talked about why reducing our use of a device would be a good thing in our lives. We chose a device and a day that we would not use that device.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We completed the carbon footprint calculation at WWF UK. Students completed a worksheet and listed 5 ways they could reduce their carbon footprint. Then they chose 1 way and made a display (poster, postcard media, Google Slide) to convince an audience to reduce their carbon footprint.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
Round and Round it Goes
We watched a video that explained the circular economy. This was new to a lot of the students. We talked about what we can do to continually input old and unused items back into the economy to be reused or recycled into items that can be used again. Students then created a poster showing the circular economy.
We had a class discussion about how we can reduce our energy and resource use. We then used an app called Storyboard That to create comic strips where our future self visits the past to share tips with our present self.
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The Phantom of the Classroom
We watched a video on phantom energy and had a class discussion of devices that would use phantom in the classroom and then in our homes. Since we are a virtual classroom, we completed an audit of our homes and created a map of the home with devices marked that use phantom energy. We finished the lesson discussing ways that we can reduce phantom energy in our homes.
Tips and Tricks
We brainstormed all of the energy saving tips that we have explored in the challenges we have already completed. We then explored the BC Hydro website looking at their suggestions. Then we, with permission, wrote reminders to hang around our houses since we are a virtual classroom.
We completed the water calculator at https://www.watercalculator.org/ to see how many areas of our lives use water. We then completed the handout to see how many litres of water we could save from one day to the next. Students found that it was difficult to convince some members in their family to participate honestly!
What’s For Lunch?
We watched a couple of Youtube videos about the carbon footprint of food. We then used a Google Slide presentation to list our lunch from the day and drew on a map where in the world our lunch came from. We finished with a class discussion about buying local, in-season foods to reduce our food's carbon footprint.
What’s Old is New Again
We looked at a few art activities that we could do by using recycled materials. Students created a plan. We worked on our art as part of the One Hour No Power challenge and logged an hour off of our devices (we are a year round virtual classroom).