Elementary Virtual School
“Potato Superkids, go go go! Saving the energy, flow flow flow!”
- 7 Challenges Completed
- 10 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
The class studied a data infographic and sparked our inquiry. A big question: “Is Ontario government building a better living place by using the current fuel types to generate electricity?” Students who chose the same fuel type to research on worked together to address the question based on the fuel type of their choices. While each team sharing their researches, students took notes. At the end, each student wrote a conclusion to address the big question based on the understanding of all fuel types. Due to the extensive amount of work from students, we could only submit the conclusion from students as our evidence.
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One Hour No Power
We have a virtual class, so we needed to think out-of-the-box to complete this meaningful challenge. We decided to show our action One Hour No Power on Friday, March 26. Students planned and shared what they would do with power-off including our virtual Google Meet. Before we started, we took a picture of how we set up on Google Drawings canvas. We watched the video from Earth Hour to kick off our Earth Hour. We then all left the Meet at 2:00pm. We came back together at 3:00pm on the Meet. We celebrated by posting what we did on the same canvas. Our reflections on why it was important to take action to save energy was shared through Jamboard. Students was super-engaged in this challenge. Please see our evidence! The hours classroom went without power was based on the total of the hours we did together as a class.
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Tips and Tricks
As a class of 31 Potato Superkids, we voted this challenge as the top of our interests. We worked as groups first and each group created a slide of tips and tricks to save energy. Challenge #1 Team then combined all the ideas together. The tips and tricks are presented for all ages to read. Do not miss it!
It took us a long time to complete this challenge because of the technology challenges to make it inclusive for all and completed it only by students. We used what we learned from all the challenges and worked as teams to create a mini-video. Then one student put all the mini-videos together. We were so proud for what we could do to make our voices heard about how to save the earth!
The class has been learning about the importance of water to our daily living and the equitable access to all people including Indigenous communities. The water work calculator helped us measure how our water footprints were. Students could effectively set specific goals to improve their water footprints as our steps of reconciliation. For the amount of litres that could be saved, it is based on students' goals. At the end, we shared our results and goals collaboratively. The amount of litres saved in the next question is based on the average of the class. We also searched up the average water usage in Canada is about 335 litres a day, and that is way below the average from the States that the water calculator we used. (Since this water calculator is provided by the site and friendly to use, we decided to use this one for personal assessments.)
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What’s For Lunch?
Since our classroom name is Potato Superkids, we thought that we should do something to do with potato for lunch. That's how we chose this challenge to do! Our class started with some learning about carbon footprint. We then studied the locally grown food choices in Ontario. The class was sent to breakout rooms in small groups. Each group needed to bring one ingredient for an unknown recipe but potatoes are the main ingredient, of course. After collecting all the ingredients, we built the recipe collaboratively. Challenge #2 team finalized the recipe slides. One of us even cooked it first to make sure our idea worked!
What’s Old is New Again
This challenge was initiated by a group of students who would like encourage others to reuse the recycled materials to make an artwork or something they could use. A list of possible reusable materials were brainstormed. As a class, we talked about what we did in the past and we could do or make. A group of students started to organize a slide deck for us to post what they made and ideas they had.