7/8 EF Virtual
- 9 Challenges Completed
- 7 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
I divided the class into 8 groups. They used a debate organizer to come up with at least 3 reasons why the energy source they researched was "the best". They were also asked to find a counterargument and make a rebuttal. We then voted on which source may be the best for Ontario.
We watched the smart mobility videos attached to the lesson and discussed ways in which we can help reduce our carbon footprint and make wiser mobility choices. Students then made posters to promote smart mobility awareness and options. Some made infographics, some provided statistics, and some kept it simple with promoting ways to get around that help reduce our carbon emissions and our carbon footprint.
Our class joined the Cobblestone Collective event- titled- "Earth Day – Stories to Celebrate Mother Earth Co-Taught Lesson." Students listened and participated in a lesson that we joined virtually. They were given time to depict the messages of Otsi'tsaken:ra in their own interpretations and drawings. We also reflected on the jamboard about what we learned.
Do You Really Need It?
Students brainstormed items we need that require energy and items we want that require energy. We then brainstormed some ways we can unplug for a school day. Lastly, I followed up with students who gave up an item or items that require energy and they reflected on the experience.
We decided to examine virtual plant growth and factors that affect growth. We talked about carbon dioxide and "talking to your plants" can help it grow because we are breathing carbon dioxide on the plant as we talk. We used Gizmo's to grow and observe a virtual plant. We then reflected on our plants.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
One Hour No Power
Students were encouraged to power down/ off for at least one hour. Students could have turned off their TV, video games, phone, etc. for at least one hour, and instead used could have read a book, taken a walk, spent time with others, etc. Or students could have turned off their lights and used natural sunlight. We recorded what we did in an excel sheet. Attached are images of the type of activity, number of hours, and how they felt about the activity.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We discussed phantom power and the importance of turning items off and unplugging when we can to stop electricity from being used even when we are not using items. For example, we learned we should unplug chargers, toasters, kettles, and lamps when not in use because when they are plugged in, they are still using electricity. We discussed the benefits of a power bar and how turning it off, stops the electricity from going through the items that are plugged in and not in use. Students were asked to create a floor plan of an area in their homes and show where the outlets are and what is plugged in and in use, or not in use. Attached are their floor plans and understanding of the task.
We started with doing the survey/ questionnaire provided. It is based in the USA, but we managed. We then shared 2-3 tips and ways to reduce our water footprint. Students were then challenged to save water for a day. We looked at some facts about how much we use for different day to day tasks. Lastly, we recorded how many litres we saved as class in a 24-hour period (while at home). 23 Students participated in a class of 30.