• Ontario
  • Elementary

Pleasant PS

Mega Munshis

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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Students did research projects and prepared posters about renewable and non-renewable energy sources. They presented the pros, cons, current production in Canada, and future outlooks of each source.

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Buckle Up

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Students completed the Woo Jr Green Transportation reading and quiz, and then created posters inspired by more sustainable methods of transportation (e.g., biking, carpooling, electric vehicles, etc.). Please note that in the attached pdfs, the second page was just an example provided to them. The first page is their work.

Community Connections

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For World Water Day (March 22nd), we started by learning about the need to protect groundwater from pollution and waste, and how saving water = saving energy. We then turned to the issue of water inequity in Canada, and participated in a letter writing campaign hosted by the Council of Canadians, to urge PM Trudeau to ensure equal access to drinking water across Canada.

Do You Really Need It?

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Students gave up a device of their choice for 24 hours, and reflected on the experience.

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Game Time!

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For this challenge, we watched the PBS video about food waste, and then played a game of Pictionary where all the words were associated with food waste. When students guessed the answer correctly, the person drawing would share a fun fact about how that word was associated with food waste. Attached is the list of words and fun facts that we used to play the game.

Get Growing

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We ordered seeds from Let's Talk Science's Tomatosphere program, where one batch of tomato seeds has been exposed to the ISS, while the other is a regular batch from Earth. We are conducting a citizen science experiment to see which seeds will germinate more successfully.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We watched a video to understand what a carbon footprint is, and then used the Carbon Footprint calculator provided to calculate our individual footprints with help from family members. We also reflected on what we could do to lower our carbon footprints.

One Hour No Power

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We spent 15 hours and 5 minutes using no technology and with the lights off. We took this time during Math (e.g., no calculators), indoor recesses (no laptops), outdoor education workshops, and many other subjects.

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Story Time

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My class created comics with environmentally friendly messages in French, tying it in with our study of the past tense. They then shared it with the Grade 4 students as reading practice, to showcase their progress in French, and share positive messages about helping the environment.

Take-Home

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Students catalogued the items that they recycled, reused, and put into the garbage. We compiled the class' results in a Google spreadsheet.

The Phantom of the Classroom

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For this challenge, students performed a phantom power audit of our school's second floor classrooms. They mapped out sources of phantom power and made recommendations to each class on how to eliminate at least one source of phantom power (e.g., unplugging the fan or portable AC during the winter, turning off extension bars, etc.).

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Tips and Tricks

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As part of a study in Media Literacy, students wrote attention getting tips for the morning announcements read aloud by our principal and vice principal. We included catchy hooks, informational bodies, and a call to action at the end.

Video Challenge

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My students created a game show video about deforestation.

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Water Works

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For World Water Day, we watched a video to understand how much invisible water we use in a day, and then monitored our water use over two days. We then used Google Sheets to compile our numbers into a spreadsheet that automatically calculated our class total.

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What’s For Lunch?

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We read an article from Read Works called Healthy Eating, Healthy Planet and discussed how healthy eating habits can impact the environment less negatively. Then, we brainstormed our favourite foods that aren't grown in Canada year round, and researched where they are imported from. We mapped our findings on a collaborative Google Slides.

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What’s Old is New Again

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My students used upcycled materials like cardboard, styrofoam, old computer parts, game pieces, etc. to create a gallery of upcycled sculptures. Our pieces included an elephant, a giraffe, an Among Us impostor, a working clock, a hand drum set, and an interactive skate park, among others. We invited a few other classes at our school to visit our gallery, and the feedback from them was incredible. Many students were inspired to create their own upcycled art after seeing ours!

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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