Courtice North Public School
- 6 Challenges Completed
- 11 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
We had discussions on the various kinds of renewable resources. While learning at home, students chose which renewable resource they wanted to investigate further. Each group created a Google doc where they could share their ideas with each other and then the class. Problems occurred with sharing their documents, as we are still in learning stages of on-line learning. Students were quick to understand that there are positives and negatives about most of the renewable resource. Most students agreed that moving forward with the production of non-renewable resources was important to helping reduce our carbon footprint.
Our class while on-line discussed how we get to school, and how we get around our community. We realized we often used a car, truck or SUV when we could use an alternative mode of transportation. Students submitted their ideas, or posters. We have included a few for our proof.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We watched The Story of Stuff to see how stuff is created, and why there is so much stuff. While on-line we did a class audit using one of the Carbon Footprint Calculators. We found our class would need an average of 2.5 Earths to continue living the way we do now. We decided we would show what we could do to reduce our carbon footprint, most students used the footprint template, but others shared posters. We decided we would share all of our learning with our parents via our on-line messaging.
One Hour No Power
Our class had a challenging year. We were sometimes in isolation, sometimes in class, and sometimes on-line. We started the challenge when we were at home. Students collected their sheets for One Hour No Power, and submitted them. When we went back into the school, we decided to do announcements leading up to Earth Hour on March 27. We decided to collect more hours without power in the classroom, so that we were participating in Earth Hour. We were able as a class to add an additional 10 hours to our total. All hours, other than the 10, were collected individually by students while we were learning at home. Afterwards we discussed the pros and cons of working with no power. We have included a picture of what we discovered during our discussions.
Images & Downloads
On various occasions we have discussed issues regarding our carbon footprint, including discussions on global warming, air pollution, water pollution, and pollution found on the ground (and how that often ends up polluting, causing harm to the water). Students were given the option to create a comic strip about one of these issues, which were shared with the class.
Tips and Tricks
Our class studied Biodiversity. We realized how important water is, not only in biodiversity, but for life period. We discussed places where water was scarce or non-existence, and how this was not fair. We talked about how many countries people walk miles to get water. We then viewed the film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. This made us decide that our focus for Tips and Tricks would not only be to participate in Earth Hour, but the importance of water to all living things. We made posters and shared them around the school during the period we were in-class learning.