Highview Public School
Ms. Koraian's Class
- 11 Challenges Completed
- 6 Challenges not completed
Our class brainstormed different forms of transportation that do not cause air pollution, such as walking, roller blading and biking. We also spoke about why being active is also good for our health. We then created posters to help educate our family and friends on the benefits of smarter mobility!
Do You Really Need It?
Our class discussed what a need and what a want is. We learned that a need is something that we must have for survival, such as water, food and shelter. A want is something we enjoy having like an iPad, toys, crayons, and Nintendo switch. We read books about needs and wants, such as "Lily Learns about Needs and Wants", and we made a list of some needs and wants. We then challenged ourselves to give up a want for a day. Some students chose different electronics while others chose their favourite toy. The next day we spoke about our experiences and journaled about them.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
Our class discussed the terms "carbon footprint' and "carbon offset". We used the template to create our own carbon footprints and inside of each we drew/ wrote ways we can reduce our energy use, such as walking to nearby places instead of using the car, turning off the lights, turning off the tap, not wasting food, and using a reusable water bottle.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
Our class discussed ways we waste food in-class and at home. We made a list of ways we waste food, such as putting way too much food in our plates and not finishing it, letting food expire, or over buying when grocery shopping. We also made a list of ways we can save food, such as eating leftovers, donating food to the poor, and making a grocery list to buy what we need. We watched a video about how some food is grown, such as rice. Students learned that fruits and vegetables take a long time to grow and needs a lot of care and energy. Wasting food can also affect our landfills which can negatively impact the environment. The video taught us that "FOOD TAKES A LONG TIME TO GROW, BUT JUST A MINUTE TO THROW!" Video "Why Not Waste Food" Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My-KFPmrwzM
One Hour No Power
For two weeks our class practiced turning off and not using things that use electricity, like the classroom iPads, classroom lights and the electric sharpener. We made sure to do this outside of recess and lunch time. We also wrote down what we did when we weren't relying on using these electronics, such as going for a walk or going outside to play in the snow, playing with our play dough, writing in our journals and reading. We also made use of the natural light by opening the blinds and letting the sun shine in! We used a manual sharpener and spoke about how much energy we can save by not relying so much on electricity!
Our class created stories about saving energy and power by creating their very own comics! Students enjoyed exploring different things we have learned from all the challenges we have completed, such as phantom power, land/water/ air pollution, and saving power to create their comics. We also shared our comics with the class and students loved hearing what their peers came up with.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We began our lesson by watching a video about what "phantom" means and discussing the term. We realized that phantom is like a ghost. We then made a list of everything in our class that uses phantom power, like the electric sharpener and the computer. Then we discussed the important parts of a map, such as a title, legend, and compass rose. Each student created a map of our classroom where they identified all the objects that use phantom power in our class. The grade 2s really enjoyed this activity and it was a great cross curricular lesson for our social studies mapping unit. Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Li32BD4dII
Tips and Tricks
Our class discussed water pollution and why it is important to keep our water clean. Then we continued the conversation by talking about ways we use water in our daily lives, such as washing clothes, dishes and taking showers. This lead us to our discussion of why it is important to be mindful of how much water we use and various ways we can save water. We spoke about different strategies to use and through our research we learned a lot! Something interesting we learned is to use cold water when doing laundry to help save electricity! Students created posters to demonstrate different ways to save/ conserve water. Like turning off the tap when brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers! They are excited to share their posters with their families to teach them tips and tricks to save water and energy!
Our class made a public service announcement using all the knowledge we gained from completing challenges. We shared our video with the school (which is an eco-platinum school) to remind our peers the importance of saving energy and helping keep our earth healthy and clean. Hope you enjoy our video! We had fun creating it as a team!
What’s For Lunch?
Our class spoke about some of the food we bring for lunch and this opened up a discussion about healthy eating. On chart paper we listed some of these foods. We then spoke about where the food comes from and explored how some food comes to us by trucks and airplanes. We watched a TVO Kids video about where our food comes from and then we researched the food we listed on our chart paper. Students then drew what they had for lunch in a lunch box template. They had lots of fun! We shared what we brought for lunch with the class. We also spoke about how importing food causes our carbon footprint to be bigger because using trucks and planes causes air pollution and requires energy. Video Link "Where does food come from?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjXfbybqNtI
What’s Old is New Again
Our class studied Indigenous culture and art. Through our research and learning we discovered Indigenous dot art. For our school Indigenous exhibit, the grade 2 students displayed their work of art that used RECYCLED rocks. Please see the photos of some of our dot art that have images of different animals, such as turtles and birds.