Cedar Hollow Public School
- 8 Challenges Completed
- 9 Challenges not completed
We first brainstormed different methods of transportation. We talked about what ways are commonly used in our community and how COVID has changed the way we travel. After watching the videos Going Green with D-rop: Smart Transportation and CALD Talk- Sustainable Transportation, we discussed what modes of transportation are better for the environment and our health. Finally, we drew our own pictures showing “green” ways of getting to school each day.
We watched the Earth Day Canada’s 2021 video “Let’s Take Care of Our Planet”. We discussed the absurdity in the video in that it is not the animals’ job to pick up garbage, but rather animals are hurt by garbage when they digest it or become tangled up in it. After watching the videos How Plastic Hurts the World and More Plastic, More Problems, we went on and discussed the problems of using single use plastic. We took part in the Golden Water Bottle Contest at our school, which involved raising awareness of using reusable water bottles. We also went outside and did our part in taking care of our planet by picking up garbage in our community.
We are in the process of creating a 20ft pollinator garden at our school. We are excited as our garden will help both the air quality and the pollinator population at the same time. We have learned about how plants help shrink our carbon footprints through carbon offsetting during the process of photosynthesis. We have also studied how pollinators help plants reproduce, which is crucial to our food supply. So far, we have made our own compost and added it to the garden. Once the weather warms up at the end of May, we will be planting 60 pollinator plants under the direction of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
First, we watch the video The Green Ninja. We discussed what actions caused the feet to grow and how the Green Ninja came to the rescue. Next, we completed the Carbon Footprint Survey and coloured footprints to show our impact on the environment. Finally, we created pictures to inform others how to reduce their own carbon footprints.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
We started off discussing why we might not eat all the food in our lunches. We talked about what happens to unwanted food and brainstormed ways we can reduce the amount of food that is thrown away. We watched the video Day of the Ugly Food and drew our own ugly food superheroes. We also watched the video Kids Go Green: Reducing Food Waste and talked about the energy that goes into making food. We read about how a local agency redistributes unwanted food in our city. Finally, we completed the Food Waste Worksheet and played a game of Pictionary to review what we had learned.
One Hour No Power
On Water Day, we took part in the Great Gulp Challenge. As we took the drink of tap water from our reusable water bottles, we reflected on the fact that many communities do not have safe water to drink. We read the story The Water Walker and discussed what we could do to protect our water. We watched and discussed the CBC Kids News video on Autumn Peltier and her demands for clean water in Canada’s Indigenous Communities. We completed the Water Works Worksheet and calculated how many litres of water we use in a day. We then brainstormed ways we can save water and calculated how many litres of water we would save by taking on those initiatives.