• Ontario
  • Elementary

St. Theresa School

Team Puppy

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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We learned about the different kinds of renewable and non-renewable energy. We discussed the pros and cons of each. We then went into small groups. Each group picked a type of energy they thought was best and came up with reasons why. They then paired up with another group to share their sides.

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Buckle Up

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We talked about the different modes of transportation and which are best for the environment and why. We then made a chart listing which are not good for the environment and which are better for the environment. We talked about when we could use the methods of transportation that are better for the environment. We then looked at older posters for smart mobility. We then worked on creating our own.

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Community Connections

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We discussed ways we could help the earth and our community. The class agreed on doing a yard cleanup. We noticed there was lots of litter on the ground now that the snow has melted. We talked about safety measures and supplies we would need. We cleaned up our whole yard! It looks amazing now!

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Do You Really Need It?

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We talked about what is energy and what uses energy. We then discussed what we use the most that uses energy. We talked about how long we use each thing. We then came up with something we could give up that uses electricity. We decided on the Smartboard since we use that a lot during the day. They then each did their own worksheet and picked something to give up on their own. They did a great job!

Game Time!

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As a class, I asked students to brainstorm things they are most interested in that are connected to energy. Next, as a class, we selected a topic that students are interested in the most (recycling). Explain to students that they are going to create a game that educates others about their selected topic. We each wrote down a question that we could use to create a class Kahoot. I researched the answers for the ones we didn't know and inputted them into the quiz. We then Did our class created quiz to test our knowledge.

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Get Growing

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Ask your students what they know about the relationship between plants and air quality and how plants reduce pollution in the air. Use the Photosynthesis and Carbon Offsetting worksheets to define these terms. Discuss how these two terms are connected. Explain to your class that they will be planting their own seeds and monitoring their growth. Distribute the materials required for students to plant their seeds, as well as the Plant Life Cycle worksheet. Explain that the students will be monitoring the growth of their plants and recording growth on the provided handout. Encourage students to draw pictures of the plant’s progress and to reflect on their observations.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We watched a video on what a carbon footprint is. We discussed the meaning and what makes it bigger or smaller. We calculated our own carbon footprint using one of the online calculators. They were a lot bigger than we thought. We talked about what we could do to make them smaller. We then wrote this on our printed footprint and coloured it in.

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One Hour No Power

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We played outside. We unplugged everything and opened the windows to work. We used paper copies instead of electronics. We played board games with our families with the power off at our homes.

Story Time

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We wrote letters that talked about what we could do in the future to make the planet better than it is now. They wrote strategies they could begin to take care of our Earth. Some even talked about future careers they could take part in to help our world.

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Take-Home

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Students took home the parent info letter and take home challenge sheet. They completed this activity at home with their families and returned it to school. We debriefed from the activity and shared our results.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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We talked about what energy is and what phantom power is. We looked around our classroom for phantom power. We then made maps of our classroom with all the phantom power highlighted. We then talked about how we can avoid phantom power.

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Tips and Tricks

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Explained to the class that they will be sharing smart energy habits with others. This can be done in the classroom or around the school through a prominent posters placed around the class or school. Students brainstormed and researched energy-saving tips and tricks that they can share on posters. We put the posters up around the class and school.

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Video Challenge

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We discussed energy saving things we were passionate about. We decided on recycling. We can up with reasons why we should recycle and how to recycle as a class. We decided to decorate a whiteboard as a class for our background. Students went into the hall in front of the whiteboard and videotaped each other answering why we recycle. They went in small groups and came up with things they could say for how we recycle and tips for recycling. We then picked clips to use as a class.

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Water Works

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We discuss the importance of water in our world and where we use water. We read a book on saving water. We talked about how we could save water. We tracked all of our water use the next day and then calculated it. We talked about how we could reduce our water usage. We then tracked our usage the next day. We saved a lot of water. We tracked this activity as a class as it was easier for Grade 1's to do together than on their own.

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What’s For Lunch?

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I led a class discussion about the different food items the students eat and the difference between fresh food and food with preservatives. We discussed the concept of “food miles” and ways to reduce them as a class. We talked about organization in our community that grows and/or sells local food items. We created a list of products sold by their farm or market. We then picked if we were going to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They had a sample of local foods to create their meal on the computer. They then created their meal and shared and explained it to the class.

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What’s Old is New Again

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Students bright in recyclable materials from home. We discussed the importance of reducing, recycling and how for this challenge we will focus on reusing. We looked at books about reusing cardboard to make games, toys, and household items. The students then made a plan for their project. They looked at their materials and drew how they would use it. They then explained what they were making and its purpose. Finally, they made and tested their product. They were very excited to take home and show off their transformed recyclable projects.

Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 138,460 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 2,653 Hours of no power
take_home 107,182 Items Kept from Landfill