Levi Creek Public School
The Green Team
- 6 Challenges Completed
- 11 Challenges not completed
Do You Really Need It?
We discussed as a class, everyday items that use energy. We brainstormed a list of "needs" and "wants". Students shared that some devices would usually be in the "want" category such as iPads, computers and laptops, but since we are learning online this year, they have become essential items for participating in class. Students were then challenged to give up a device for a day. Many students gave up watching TV, playing on the iPad or video games. We discussed what they would do instead during that time. Students did share that it was difficult to give up, but they found many other ways to spend their time that did not involve energy.
We learned about the lifecycle of plants by reading various books. We learned that plants need sunlight, water and nutrients to grow. They use carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Students observed bean seeds sprouting and growing. They noticed carefully as the seeds changed and recorded what they observed in their journals using labelled drawings.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We watched the Carbon Monster and the Green Ninja videos. We talked about how carbon is bad for the environment and there are ways we can decrease the amount of carbon we create. Then students shared their ideas. We talked about how we can make less carbon every day. Students drew their foot and included drawings and words to share their thinking.
Tips and Tricks
For world water day we learned about the importance of water. We watched various videos and read books about ways that we could save water by changing daily habits. Students created their own posters encouraging others to save water and to be more aware of how precious water is. Students included specific ways that their families can save water every day.
What’s For Lunch?
Where in the world does your food come from? We thought of foods we often have for lunch. We looked carefully for clues to figure out where the foods came from. We looked at stickers and labels to find the countries. Then we used Google Earth to estimate approximately how far our food travelled to get to us. We drew lines and found the distance with the ruler. We also looked at a list of locally produced foods to learn which fruits and vegetables are available throughout the year. Noticing just how far away some of our food has travelled made us appreciate it more! We were surprised that Clementines from Morocco travel more than 6 000 km. Bananas from Ecuador travel more than 5 000 km. Tomatoes and peppers from Ontario, only travel 250 km and apples less than 100 km.
What’s Old is New Again
Our class has embraced using recycled materials and left over packaging in our learning this year! With learning from home, it is sometimes challenging to have access to learning tools and art materials. Our class has taken on many STEM challenges and creative art projects using left over boxes, cardboard, and cardboard tubes. Students have used their creativity to use recycled materials to create storybook character puppets such as the three little pigs, a model of a community, rocket ships and other creations to show their learning. Why throw it out when you can reuse it or turn it into something new?