Cresthaven Public School
- 13 Challenges Completed
- 3 Challenges not completed
A Green-Powered Canada
Students were split up into pairs and allowed to pick a green energy source renewable energy source to research. This being their first research project an entire lesson was dedicated to how to search relevant age-appropriate information using the Google search engine. This proved to be difficult for many of the students due to their reading levels. So partnering up the great ones with two was beneficial.
Together we brainstormed ways we can get to school that would be good for the environment and good for our bodies. Being an eco-school we have regularly encouraged walking to school. After making a list together we broke up into pairs and made posters to hang around the school to promote ways to get to school the were smarter mobility.
The great gulp is a collective community activity where students take a big sip all at the same time after watching a slideshow put on by another class to educate the students of how much plastic is being dumped in our oceans and it’s effects. We then met the rest of the school outside. The students were very excited to be participating in a community initiative with the rest of the school. This will be the first but not the last ‘The Great Gulp’ at Cresthaven.
Do You Really Need It?
After a class discussion on On wants and needs the students came up with two definitions I need is something you must have to survive. I want to something you must like to have but you can live without. Then they made a promise and wrote it on a chart paper of something they would give up for one day We completed the worksheet for homework
After exploring the various videos and reading articles on Canadian problem of food waste and how common it is, we came up with some examples on how to lesson our waste in the classroom and at home. We then played charades as a class and then in the small groups it was an activity full of laughter.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
One Hour No Power
We launch this activity during earth hour with a TDSB. As an entire school, we turned off all the lights and we unplugged. After the collective school experience we chose a variety of Afternoons to unplug and use natural light as our classroom light. It was a Challenge to not have the technology as a teaching resource.
The Phantom of the Classroom
After watching a few videos about phantom power we talked about the evidence in our own classroom. Students were the. broken up into pairs and given one classroom in the school to investigate the phantom power. Once they competed their maps we put it together to see where the phantom power is in the school and how we can advice to lessen it.
Tips and Tricks
What’s For Lunch?
The students of Cresthaven participate in a weekly double period called OEL (outdoor educational learning). This is the centre to learn outside. The project presented for this challenge has been schoolwide -students have reached out to our community (letter writing) to ask them if we can select tap from local maple trees to then produce our own maple syrup! The consolidation all of this learning is giving back to our neighbor some maple syrup from there own trees and even yummier- a delicious afternoon snack of French toast top with homemade syrup, made by the students themselves. This challenge would not be possible without the dedication of our outdoor educational learning teacher who enriched reached every student lives in our school with this project! Bravo to Ms.Bulgutch.
What’s Old is New Again
As a school for earth day we have decided to have a door decorating contest. Each class is using something old and making it new. Teaching the students that they can reuse things for there own creations was great fun! Students uses egg cartons and yogurt containers to make a spring garden wreath