Glen St. PS
Ms. B Grade 3/4 Griffon Recyclers
- 2 Challenges Completed
- 15 Challenges not completed
Do You Really Need It?
Minds On: I posted items in my life and students decided if this was something I needed or wanted (ex. My home, Starbucks, phone, sink, dishwasher etc) Then we talked about our school resources in class and about what we need/want (books, pencils, chromebooks, projector, lights ) Introduced we would be having a whole school day the next day without lights in order to reduce the energy we used because it is something we can all do together. The next day our classroom was dark. This is particularly challenging because we have no windows. Students adapted by using their mini finger lights if they really needed to see. *some students also chose to give up something at home in addition At the end of the day, students completed the Do you really need it sheet. I liked this challenge as it inspired a much needed fingerlight dance party
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
1. We brainstormed what a carbon footprint might be (the most popular answer was a footprint made out of card board, so lots of learning to do) 2. We showed what a carbon footprint actually is and went through some actions in our daily life that might contribute to this. 3. Carbon Footprint calculator introduced. I modelled how to use the site and what the questions meant by completing mine. I displayed my results and when through how the website displayed them in different ways. Students really loved the "how many planets of energy and resources do I take up". They were even experimenting to find out what the lowest and highest number would be. 4. I showed them the "Solutions" tab of the calculated results to see some suggestions of what might be done to reduce theirs based on what they answered. 5. Their task was to go into Google Classroom -> Reducing your Carbon Footprint Google Drawing and submit 2 reasonable things they could do to reduce their ecological/carbon footprint. Below are some of the examples of reasonable submissions. When returning with feedback, we talked about if their suggestions were reasonable, meaning could THEY start them right away and stick to them. There were suggestions being given of things such as "make my home more energy efficient with solar panels". While this would reduce their footprint, it isn't feasible for them as a student to do now.