• Ontario
  • Elementary

Holy Name of Jesus

HNPN

“A small town in the geographic center of Ontario!”

  • 15 Challenges Completed
  • 1 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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As a class, we discussed various ways we produce energy in Canada. I had to teach the class about geothermal and tidal power. Students chose one form to research. Students grouped up based on their energy form to discuss their learning and present to the rest of the class. There was some interesting debate about nuclear energy as those that researched it felt it was environmentally good since it produced no greenhouse gasses, whereas others were concerned about the environmental damage of nuclear waste. Some reports are attached.

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Buckle Up

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As a class, we discussed different ways they could travel around Hornepayne. We then modified our list by eliminating those things that require energy/gasoline (like cars and ski-doos). From the remaining list, students chose one to represent visually to create our bulletin board. Some students decided to get more creative and list some very unique, but energy-efficient ways to get around town.

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Community Connections

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We decided to participate in WWF National Sweater Day. In our discussion about climate change, we talked how we need to decrease the world's heat. To symbolize this, we turned down our classroom's heat and wore a sweater to still feel comfortable.

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Do You Really Need It?

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As a class, we discussed the differences between needs and wants. We also discussed how some things that are a want now (like money), can change to become a need later (like money). Students completed the sheets and chose alternate ways to spend their time if their wants were taken away. Many chose to give up an electronic device for another electronic device. Some chose a different activity that still used energy (like ski-dooing). Others chose to just go outside and play.

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Game Time!

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I explained how pictionary is played. The class was separated into groups. Each group was told to make a set of game cards with terms based on what they've learned from the Energy Diet. I collected each group's cards and gave a set to a different group. Each group then had 90sec to draw their energy term to have their group correctly guess the term. In the end it was a tie between the groups - so everyone was a winner!

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Get Growing

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We participate annually in the Tomatosphere seed investigation. We receive the seeds, plant them, and submit the results. This inquiry integrates nicely with this challenge as well as my Science and Math curriculum. In June, the students take home the seedlings to grow at home and eat fresh tomatoes.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We watched two YouTube videos to learn what a carbon footprint is and why it's bad for the environment. The videos also offered suggestions on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Then we used the ZeroFootprintYouth website for each student to individually calculate their own carbon footprint. I liked how it also showed students how many worlds would be needed if everyone's carbon footprint was the same size as theirs. Students then decorated footprints with strategies to reduce their carbon footprint learned from the YouTube videos or the website. These were posted for everyone to see.

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One Hour No Power

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We spent most afternoons with the lights off in class. We didn't do anything special, just our normal work. The kids have gotten used to having the lights off and now expect them to be off and complain that it's too bright when they're on!

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Story Time

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The class reviewed all the ideas we've discussed so far in the Energy Diet Challenge. I then asked the students to use Pixton to create a comic about one or more of the ideas that they've learned. These comics were shared electronically with other students to read. They were also printed and posted in the school's hallway for everyone to read. Some comics were short, and some were long. Here are some examples.

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Take-Home

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I reviewed the expectations of the worksheet to the students to take home and complete. They complained that they couldn't do it because we don't have recycling/composting available in our community. I told them that recycling was the same as re-using or re-purposing a product, so any time they picked a reusable product instead of a one-use product, that counted (ie. reusable water bottle as opposed to a plastic water bottle that will just end up in the garbage)

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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As a class we learned about phantom power by watching YouTube videos about it (called Vampire Power in the videos). The videos also offered suggestions on how to prevent the vampire from sucking energy, like turning off appliances when not in use or using a power bar to do that for us. Students learned the signs of vampire power include a power light showing the appliance is in standby mode, so it still sucks power even when it's not in use. Students studied their homes for examples of vampire power and drew maps of their homes to indicate where it exists.

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Tips and Tricks

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The class discussed various things they have learned throughout the Energy Diet. In groups, they created a list of tips they learned that they would like to share with our community. Students then chose one strategy to create a visual for to be posted in some school and community Facebook groups. The posts I created with their ideas and visuals are attached.

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Water Works

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The class discussed various ways they could save water, including turning off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes. This led to a discussion about advertisements about dishwashers that claim that running a half load is more water efficient than washing dishes by hand (they couldn't reach a consensus on whether it was true or not). I then took the time to explain the concept of a grey-water system to the class. They thought that was a cool idea. I explained the worksheet and asked students to try to save water on Day 2 as best they could.

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What’s For Lunch?

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For Shrove Tuesday, my class made pancakes for the school. We offered plain, blueberry, and banana-chocolate chip pancakes. Sausages were also available. Afterwards, we mapped where the ingredients for our pancake lunch came from, with Google's assistance. We recorded the distances for each ingredient to come up with our food "miles". I connected the concept of carbon footprint to the distance our food travels to get to us, so more local ingredients are more environmentally friendly. The class easily recognized that our lunch could have less food "miles" if we eliminated the banana-chocolate chip option since it required the greatest travel from South America. They also recognized that had we picked blueberries from the bush around Hornepayne in the summer and froze them, that would be better than buying ones from Nova Scotia. And that real maple syrup from Sault Ste. Marie would have much less food miles (and taste better) than syrup made of sugar. It was very informative for my class.

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What’s Old is New Again

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Students created Valentine Day "Monster" boxes out of recycled and leftover material found in the classroom. The boxes were old kleenex boxes, cereal boxes, and other boxes we had in the classroom. They were decorated with leftover scraps of construction paper, pipe cleaners left over from a previous craft, and googly eyes (which were new - but the students felt their monsters needed eyes). Some students really embellished their monsters with accessories like hats, purses, and masks. The "Monsters" are ready to receive valentines and especially candy on Valentine's Day. I've enclosed pictures of their creations.

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Video Challenge

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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