Westmount Charter Public School
- 14 Challenges Completed
- 3 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
First we had a discussion about energy resources in Canada and Alberta. We categorized them as renewable or non-renewable. We learned about renewable resources in the PEEL Program lesson #4- Intro to Renewable Energy. Each group picked one energy they were interested in to dive into further. We filled in he form provided and presented on each renewable and oil/gas and coal. We discussed the future of energy usage in Canada and drew some conclusions.
Students completed both part but we will only submit one. We researched current modes of transportation and how they impact the environment. Then we looked a future possibilities. We considered both pros and cons which was a lively debate. Students presented their findings on the Learning Screen.
Do You Really Need It?
We had a discussion about items that would be classified as a need or a want and talked about the concept of sustainability. We all agreed that in North America we live a pretty resource and carbon intense lifestyle and therefore reducing our consumption was a valid and necessary step to work towards a more sustainable relationship with the environment. Students completed the sheet and agreed to give up electronics for the day. I gave up TV and went for a walk instead.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
Students visited the Park City carbon calculator for kids. I use this one as it is really easy for the kids to do and it covers a wide range of activities. Students can see where their impacts are large and also ideas to lower impact. We completed a footprint graphic with our current footprint and then the second foot has ideas for reducing our footprints.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
We read about Food Waste, Organic Food and plant based diet from the Jane Goodall Institute (excellent article). Students then divided into two teams. They created target concepts learned from the article that they could draw for a game of "pictionary". Each team had to guess the opposing teams clues. Example- ___________ waste 14% of total food waste each year. Answer is consumers.
One Hour No Power
Round and Round it Goes
Students learned about the circular economy with respect to two items: a plastic water bottle and a cotton t-shirt. We discussed, as a side note, the amount of water used at each stage of the items life cycle and were horrified to learn that it takes 3 X the amount of water to produce the water bottle than it actually contains. Students completed the sheet provided for either item.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We watched the video called "Phantom Power- Outlets and Energy for Kids". We then used our energy meters to see how much Phantom power the items in our classroom draw. We drew a map of the classroom where all the items are located and we committed to making sure that the coffee maker is unplugged when not in use, the IPAD is unplugged when fully charged and the tv is turned off each day, especially the apple tv attachment.
Tips and Tricks
We brainstormed many different ways to reduce our energy consumption. We had to come to a consensus as a class as we were limited to space on the tweet, to the top 3 things that everyone can do to reduce their energy usage. We then tweeted the message out using @teachpeel