Armour Heights Public School
“Learning to care and love for our planet better because there is no planet B ❤️”
- 15 Challenges Completed
- 2 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
For this challenge, we watched a short video outlining some of the most commonly known sources of renewable energy: solar, wind, water, and geothermal. The students were very excited to learn about all of them! We took a vote about which one they wanted to start to learn first about and solar energy was the winner. We read more books and watched more videos to better understand it. Then as a group, we came up with answers to complete the supporting evidence.
To learn about more energy efficient and smarter ways to travel to school, we started by discussing how people get around to different places. We read, Transportation! How People Get Around by Gail Gibbons. The students were asked to think about the types of transportation that we read about that use clean energy and brainstorm ways we could get to school instead of using non-renewable resources. We took a survey and the majority of our class already walk, ride their scooter, or take the bus to school! Then, they made posters that were hung in the hallway to help remind other students and staff how we can get to school.
We talked about all the ways we can make small changes that have a big impact on our earth. We watched videos about the consequences of waste in natural habitats such as the oceans and what we can do every single day to stop this from getting worse. We explored what we do with waste and what we could do better, then agreed that Earth Day is every single day. To bring awareness for Earth Day on April 22, they drew pictures and wrote a message about what they or other people can do! Attached are some of their journals where they did their work as we pivoted to online remote learning.
Do You Really Need It?
To complete this challenge, we discussed our wants and needs and distinguished the difference. We determined which energy using devices in our classroom we could not use for an entire day such as the lights, the computer, or the iPads. We incorporated learning how to make a bar graph and took a vote on which device we would not use. We brainstormed as a class what we could do instead and then they wrote about it and drew pictures. The vote ended up being a tie, so on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 the students did not use the iPads nor the computers for the entire day. We also turned off as many lights as we could! The students spent their day doing other fun activities such using loose parts to build, reading books, playing with their centre bins, the playscape, and playing outside looking for leprechauns and the gold. We reflected as a group the following day and they shared it was easier than they thought it would be!
To start the conversation about growing food, we started by regrowing food scraps in our homes (during remote online learning) instead of throwing them in the compost. Students experimented with green onion, celery, lettuce, and bok choy. We also have some plants in our classroom regrowing such as green onion, carrot tops, and lettuce). The students are in charge of watering them and monitoring their growth. Then we talked about what plants need to survive and explored growing our own plants from seeds. The students learned about photosynthesis. We are repurposing egg cartons and cherry tomato containers as our planters and mini green houses inside our classroom to grow a variety of flowers and vegetables. They are starting to sprout!
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
To learn about our carbon footprint, we watched videos and read books to introduce the vocabulary and concept. The students are becoming energy experts and came up with many different ways to reduce their carbon footprint. I found a brown piece of paper in a recycling bin, I took it out and cut out pieces for them to trace their feet. We talked about why I did that. They made posters with words and pictures of what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint!
Limited Edition: Game Time!
To learn about this challenge, the Kindergarten students explored their favourite foods and why they wouldn't want them to be wasted. They have been learning how to properly sort waste in the bins and when we can reuse or repurpose an item. We also watched a short video about how much energy it takes to produce food. They came up with ideas of how food is wasted and how we can prevent food waste. Then we played a Kahoot game using their answers to review what they learned, it was so much fun! We had an excellent discussion about the importance of why we shouldn't waste food. Some of the Senior Kindergarten students who could write, completed the worksheet with words, sentences, and/or pictures. The students also learned about food propagating and tried it out for themselves using their kitchen scraps (green onion, celery, lettuce, bok choy). We will watch our food scraps grow instead of wasting them!
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One Hour No Power
We have been using the natural light from our big bay of windows in our classroom to learn and explore and learn outdoor as much as possible!
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Round and Round it Goes
For this challenge, I used one of the websites called 'How We Make Stuff' for the students to look at and think about which type of product they would want to investigate further. We agreed on 3: paper, clothes, and chocolate. We took and vote and the delicious looking chocolate won! After doing some research about how it is made, the students engaged in conversation and retold to the group how first it actually starts from the cocoa bean in warm places, then it is sent to factories to be put together, they mix it with other ingredients to make yummy chocolate, and finally people get to eat it! We also talked about how if we drop it on the floor we can put it in the compost and it will still get used.
To learn about this challenge, we brainstormed as a class ways we can be make more positive choices in the classroom and our homes that will benefit our home planet. We read 'Power Up to Fight Pollution' by Lisa Bullard. Then the students wrote in their journals what they will do in the future. Some students also drew the planet!
The Phantom of the Classroom
To learn about phantom power, we read 'Go Easy on Energy' by Lisa Bullard to learn about the different types of energy and how we can save it better in our homes and our classroom. We went around and looked for all the places that are using phantom power energy in our classroom. We also talked about the devices that we shouldn't unplug, such as the refrigerator. Some students also created maps of their homes.
Tips and Tricks
To learn about this challenge, the students first thought about what energy is and where we can find it at home and in the classroom. The students went on a scavenger hunt to find all of the places in our classroom that use energy. We continued the conversation and talked about how we can save energy around us to care for the planet better. Then the students created signs to post around the classroom!
We completed this challenge on World Water Day! The students engaged in important and meaningful conversations about where water comes from, how we use it, and how we can save it. We read 'The Water Walker' by Joanne Robertson and watched videos about where we can find water in the world and its importance to people, the land, and animals. To visualize how much water is actually used/wasted during hand washing at school, we put buckets under the taps. Many students are still learning to turn off the tap when washing their hands. Several students measured the water using non-standard units of measurement that were then converted by the teacher. We were able to save that water and turn it into outdoor water play fun. Which was our first water sensory experience during our COVID-19 in person kindergarten adventure. The students had a lot of fun incorporating imaginative play and making their water colourful. Every student was able to get a big bowl of saved water and have fun with it on such a beautiful day. Their follow up activity was to write and draw about water. We saved 72 litres of water!
What’s For Lunch?
To learn about energy consumption related to food transportation, we started by reading a book on transportation and the different ways people move themselves around and also the food we need to eat. We brainstormed all the ways food has to travel to get to our homes and into our bellies. We also reviewed healthy eating and what a balanced meal should consist of. We used flyers to cut out pictures of food and also to learn where the produce we eat comes from. We mapped where some of the students favourite fruits and vegetables are from and explored how they might have gotten to our local grocery store. The students created their own healthy eating plates and we put them up for display for the rest of school to see with some guiding questions.
What’s Old is New Again
In our Kindergarten classroom, we have been learning about Black History Month / African Heritage Month. Students learned about Dr. Mae Jemison and build spaceship toys out of recycled materials to honour the first African American woman to go into space. They also learned about Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist who stood up for what she believed in to stand against racism. The students used recycled materials found in their homes to create buses. Many students used toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, tissue boxes, cereal boxes, etc. cut, manipulated, and coloured.