La Salle School
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A Green-Powered Canada
The class brainstormed sources of energy and distinguished between renewable and non-renewable. Students were then given time to research an energy source of their choosing. They completed the worksheet and created posters. The posters were then displayed in the hall outside our classroom.
We watched a few videos about smart mobility. The class brainstormed different types of transportation and determined whether they were "smart" or not. Students created presentations to bring awareness to the idea of Smart Mobility. Presentations were shared with other classes in the school.
Do You Really Need It?
We discussed a bunch of items students use that consume energy. Then we talked about the difference between "want" and "need". Students chose 1 item from their "want" section and tried to give it up for 24 hours. I took part by giving up my school laptop for 24 hours. Students then wrote a reflection on the challenge.
Students researched food waste and created a Kahoot! trivia game. We played the game as a class.
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We made plant pots out of newspaper and planted two tomato seed each. The seeds are part of the Tomatosphere project. Students predicted whether or not there would be any difference between the two seeds. We will monitor the growth of the two seeds over the next few weeks.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We watched a few videos describing what a carbon footprint is and how to reduce ours. After that brainstormed some ways we can reduce our footprints. Students explored some carbon footprint calculators online. They then decorated their footprints with tips on reducing our carbon footprints.
One Hour No Power
We spent a lot of time outside doing math, science, and health. We took advantage of our large windows to turn the lights off and read good old fashioned paper books too.
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We brainstormed ideas for stories. Students viewed some examples from previous years too. The class then had time to write their own stories. Some students turned theirs into a read aloud by filming or screen recording a reading of their story. We turned those videos into QR codes and shared them with our school community.
The Phantom of the Classroom
We watched a short video describing phantom power. Next we generated a list of phantom power sources and went on a hunt around the school. Students labelled a school map with as many phantom power sources as they could. Finally, students created maps of their own houses with phantom power sources labelled.
Tips and Tricks
Students were to create a video sharing a tip to reduce energy or to slow climate change. We took 60 seconds and divided it by 27 (the number of students in our class). This gave each student 2.2 seconds of video time. Many got together with others and created a longer video. We uploaded them to FlipGrid and put them all together as a "Mixtape".
What’s For Lunch?
Just for kicks, we tracked our food waste at school for a week. We brainstormed ways we could reduce our food-related waste. We took part in a webinar on composting and started talking about plans for a school composting program. We also looked at ways to replant vegetables from typically discarded parts of the plant.