• Ontario
  • Elementary

Springdale

2B

  • 16 Challenges Completed
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A Green-Powered Canada

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First, we discussed what is energy and where it comes from. Then, we researched using the Chromebooks, all about the different sources of energy and brainstormed the pros/cons. Then, we split into groups and worked together to focus on learning more about each energy source and how it's used/misused in Canada.

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Buckle Up

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First, we talked about an example (airplane) and we compared the pros (good) and cons (bad) of it. For example, lots of people can fit on a plane and be comfortable, but it creates pollution and can be dangerous. Then, we went in groups and started writing about vehicles that we have right now and if they are good for people and the environment. Then, we thought of futuristic vehicles that are good for the environment and for people, such as an electric scooter, a flying car, a flying scooter and a flying skateboard.

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Community Connections

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First we searched for events and things in Brampton that are about energy saving or about the environment. We found some events and registered with Brampton Green City team. Then we discussed the importance of keeping our public space clean and putting garbage and recycling in its proper place to reduce wasted energy of transportation and also discussed the importance of everyone helping out (instead of leaving clean up to those whose job description fits the action). Then we went with another class to clean up the green space around our school and filled 10 garbage bags!

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Do You Really Need It?

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First, we thought about all of the things we use everyday that use electricity. Then we wrote down how much time we use them for and sorted them into NEEDS and WANTS. (we had a lot of wants!) Then we decided to give up one (or all) of our WANTS for one whole day. Instead of using devices for the day, we did a lot of things, such as playing with dolls and stuffies, doing homework, did art, playing board games, cleaning our rooms, and baking.

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Game Time!

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First, we thought about the different games that we play (board games, tag games, video games, card games etc.) Then, we brainstormed in groups different games we could make up with an energy theme then, we started designing and making the games to play. One game that we played was called Phantom Tag. One person is the Phantom (Power) and needs to tag the others. When they are tagged, they need to do an energy-saving mime (like turning off the lights). Then, another untagged person need to guess which energy-saving action the person is doing to unfreeze them and get them back in the game!

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Get Growing

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First, we talked about the carbon/air cycle and the importance of cleaning our air by planting trees and plants (and how they benefit from our carbon dioxide!) Then, we planted cherry tomato seeds in small planters using soil. We talked about how growing our food is improved by using manure from cattle and sheep, so we mixed in manure with our soil (and washed our hands!) Then, we watered every day and found sunny locations for the plants. Some of our plants did not get water over the long weekend and they turned purple and some maybe died.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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First, we discussed how much pollution we make from eating fast food and food from from away places, driving cars, buses, trains, planes and trucks that burn fossil fuels, wasting water, and buying/using toys, games and electronics. Then we wrote/drew examples of how we cause pollution. Then on the outside of the foot, we wrote ideas of how to save the Earth like using airplanes, cars, trucks and boats less and instead, walk to places and go to electric cars and scooters and bikes.

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One Hour No Power

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First, we talked about saving energy and how we can save energy by turning lights off and opening the blinds for natural light. We also opened the window instead of using the fan to get fresh air. We made sure to turn off the computers, monitors and did not use the electric pencil sharpener. Then, we wrote down all of our snack and recess time when we did not use any power. Then we started adding up the minutes and changed the answer from minutes to hours.

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Story Time

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First, we thought about all of the energy and Earth problems that we are dealing with today and wrote it into our notebooks. We came up with pollution, wasting water, making too much garbage, and littering, and not being kind to the animals and plants and more. Then we wondered if we will still have these problems when we grow up, and we wrote letters to our future selves explaining the problems and asking questions. Maybe someday our future selves will read the letters!

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Take-Home

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First, we talked about not putting things in the garbage if it can be recycled (plastic) or reused. We need to put the recycling into the blue bin and need to try to reuse things or put food scraps into the green compost bin. Then, we started to count each item at home for each day and wrote the amount of stuff down. Then we counted how many things we didn't put in the garbage and we got 151.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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First, we watched a video about Phantom Power and we had a discussion about examples of Phantom Power in our own classroom. Then, we drew the map of the school and added the numbered rooms. Then, we looked for examples of Phantom Power in the classrooms and added them to our map. Next, we added a legend to tell what the symbols on the map mean.

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Tips and Tricks

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First, we thought of ideas of how to save energy and some slogans that match the energy-saving ideas. We decided that each poster would just have one energy-saving idea. Then we planned out how our poster would look. Then we started the good copy of the poster with colour on poster board. Then we put up the posters around the school to inspire our school to save energy.

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Video Challenge

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First, we watched two videos about saving energy and we watched videos of how to make a video. We learned about different ways to save energy. We talked about the theme either magic or stomping out wasting energy. Then we practiced making videos on different apps. Then we started to write down all of the energy saving tips and stuff we wanted to do and made posters of wasted energy/energy saving tips and decided to step on the posters and crumpled them up. We practiced what we were going to video and words we would use. Then we did the video.

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Water Works

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First, we talked about how our family uses water at home (and how we use it at school!). Then, we used the template to estimate our total water usage and took it home to discuss it with our families. Then, we talked about ways to conserve/save our water usage and discussed these ideas with our families. Then, we completed the second template to compare and added up all of the water we saved as a class!

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What’s For Lunch?

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First, we started to think about local food and find out some ideas of what local food is close to Brampton. We learned about food, like bananas that come from far away, so it makes more pollution to come by plane, boat, truck or car. We researched some foods that are grown on local farms, such as apples, strawberries, blueberries and cherries. Then, we made recipes from the local foods and some examples are steak and eggs, bread and fruit with milk breakfast, and fruitcake sweetened with maple syrup.

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What’s Old is New Again

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First, we collected items from our recycling bins at school and home. Then, we brainstormed some ideas of art/models/sculptures/simple machines that we could make. Then we used our materials to make some of our ideas. We made a water well, a teeter totter, a butterfly, a model home diorama, snowflakes, a bridge and even a robot!

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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