“Amber Trails - The Greenest school in Canada!”
- 9 Challenges Completed
- 8 Challenges not completed
Do You Really Need It?
As a class we discussed what is a need and what is a want. We brainstormed things at home and at school that we wanted but could live without. The students wrote a promise to themselves stating something that they want but will promise to live without for a day. We reflected on their choices the following day and discussed whether their choices were successful and why.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
As a class we predicted what our carbon foot print was and what was causing our carbon foot print. We watched the Carbon Monster video and explored the websites to calculate our carbon foot print. The students were shocked that our carbon foot print was so large and harming our planet. They brainstormed ways in which to lower their carbon foot print and made promises to our planet.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
As a class we watched the videos "Love food Hate Waste" and "PBS Learning "Reducing food Waste." We discussed how we could reduce the amount of waste from our food in school and at home. We created questions and answers from the information after watching the videos and played a Jeopardy game.
One Hour No Power
We decided as a class to select 2 hours a day and use that time to read, do art, play games or work on our writing. During this time we did not have any lights on and we did not use any computers. We were successful at 28 hours of no power and will continue to build on those hours.
Our class generated ideas of how we reduce energy and recycle at home and at school. We talked about where our energy comes from and made predictions of where it will come from in the future. We wrote letters to our future self addressing our concerns and expressing what we are doing about it right now.
As a class we discussed what can be recycled and what can be reused. We calculated how much garbage we throw out in a day and the students went home and kept track of their garbage. They used the tracking sheet to enter their data. After we brainstormed what we could do differently.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We watched the video "Is your house haunted by phantom power" and discussed what could be causing and using phantom power in the classroom. We used the tool Quebec Hydro - calculator phantom power and estimated the amount of energy we could save just by unplugging an item. Once they understood the concept of phantom power, they created maps of their homes. They identified the items that are using phantom power.
We talked about how we use water at home and at school. We discussed ways we could use less and what we could do if we saw someone wasting water. The students went home and over the weekend they kept track of the amount of water they used for Saturday and Sunday. The students then calculated the amount of water used. They are going to repeat the task of keeping track for the following weekend and try to lower the amount of water that they used.
What’s For Lunch?
We took a look at our lunch and talked about where the food might of came from, such as oranges and bananas. We can not grow that type of fruit in Manitoba and we discussed how certain foods arrive in Manitoba. We discussed our carbon foot print and what we could do to lower it. This lead our conversation to buying local and using resources in our own province. We search the website for local farmer markets and did research on what was being sold and what was made in Manitoba. We came up with a list of items that we could use in our recipe and created a recipe with the local food choices.