• Ontario
  • Elementary

Westmount PS

Adorable Rabbits

  • 16 Challenges Completed
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A Green-Powered Canada

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Students brainstormed different types of energy. Ones that were not mentioned were given. We defined the terms renewable and non-renewable then predicted which energy types were renewable/non-renewable. We researched renewable and non-renewable energy sources in partners through videos and books (Learn 360, Epic Books, PebbleGo). Students identified the sources of energy as either renewable or non-renewable. We participated in a slideshow and discussed the worksheet big ideas (e.g., energy source, benefits, drawbacks).

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Buckle Up

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Students brainstormed the different ways they could travel from point A to B. They discussed the effects of each method of travel on the environment. The students watched a couple videos on this topic. They determined the best options to get to school (in the winter compared to the other seasons). Posters were created for Winter Walk Day in February. Our board and school participated in Winter Walk Day on Wednesday, February 16th. Surveys were conducted before the day and the day of the event to compare walking, bussing and travelling by car to get to school.

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Community Connections

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Students participated in The Great Big Crunch on March 10, 2022. We had our locally produced vegetables (carrots and cucumbers) and met with other Canadians virtually to crunch our food at the same time. We had a discussion about the benefits of eating locally grown items (e.g., sustainability, supporting local businesses/farms, freshness, taste, reducing the carbon footprint of food). We did our part to highlight the importance of healthy food at school by participating in this event. We learned about farm to table through videos, discussions and an activity where we ordered the steps taken to enjoy an apple.

Do You Really Need It?

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We watched a couple videos and did a cut and paste activity to be sure we knew the difference between a "want" and a "need". We brainstormed all the items at school that required batteries and/or electricity to work. We also made a list of home items that required energy to work. As a class, we decided to give up lights in our classroom for a whole day, not just one hour, for our participation in Earth Hour at school. The class was divided on how easy or difficult it was to go without indoor lighting. Since there was not as much natural light coming in through our large windows because it was a cloudy day, it was tough to go without lights in our classroom for the whole school day. We talked about how much more difficult it is when it is a very grey and cloudy day (e.g., often on winter days) not giving us a lot of natural light. This is when artificial light becomes a need instead of a want.

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Game Time!

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We played a variety of online quiz games about food waste. We learned ways to reduce the amount of food wasted. We learned how to sort food and food packaging (garbage/recycling/compost) in our region in a different quiz game.

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Get Growing

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We are involved in the Tomatosphere Inquiry Project. We have started it but have not completed it yet and it will continue even after the CEDC is over. We discussed what plants need to thrive, completed the photosynthesis worksheet after watching a few videos, and will do some recording of the tomato plant changes as they grow.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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Students discussed what a carbon footprint is through viewing a variety of videos and listening to some read-alouds. A few kid-friendly carbon footprint calculators were used to determine individual carbon footprints. Students then brainstormed a list of ways to reduce their carbon footprints. Our class made posters for National Sweater Day in February (in support of climate action by turning down the heat and wearing sweaters instead). The footprint worksheets were also completed to show the different ways they could reduce their impact on the environment.

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One Hour No Power

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We started logging our time doing activities without any power at the beginning of March and ended logging our time on Earth Hour (at school on March 25th). Lights were off daily when we were eating, during our arrival/dismissal routine and when playing outdoors. On days where there was natural light students ate, played, and worked with the lights turned off easily and we will continue to do this even though the challenge is over. It was trickier to not use ANY power as we rely on technology (e.g., Ipads, laptop, projector, document camera, FM system) to complete activities.

Story Time

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We watched a couple videos and listened to many read-alouds about energy use and conservation. We brainstormed a list of environmental issues that need attention (e.g., water pollution, garbage versus recycling, wasting resources/food, plastic pollution). Students created their own comic strips/stories using Elephant and Piggie (Mo Willems characters) or their own characters. Students used speech bubbles and pictures to share their ideas. Students shared their stories with each other and will be taking them home to share with their own families. A few samples are attached.

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Take-Home

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Students were given the take-home challenge instructions/form and asked to complete the home activity at some point before the end of March. Some families participated.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Students located all the outlets in our classroom. They noted the devices that were using each outlet. We watched a couple videos to define what phantom (aka vampire) power is and how to reduce the amount of phantom power. Students created maps to show where phantom power could be and the devices that are at each outlet. We discussed how we could take what we learned during our class inquiry to our homes and families. Everybody wants to save money one plug at a time!

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Tips and Tricks

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Students wrote their tips and tricks on paper leaves and we made a display to share with the school community for Earth Week. We used a branch we found torn off of a tree in our schoolyard :(

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Video Challenge

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Students shared tips on saving energy for our school community for Earth Week.

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Water Works

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As part of World Water Day, our class took part in The Great Gulp. We discussed water savers versus water wasters, watched a few videos and read a few books. With so much hand-washing this year, we have developed a routine to avoid wasting water at the sink (turn off tap while scrubbing). We tried to complete the worksheet individually, but switched gears and did a few examples of Day 1 and 2 scenarios as a group. We discussed the difference between baths/showers (if showers are not long), handwashing dishes/dishwasher, taps on/taps off when brushing teeth and washing hands, etc. We looked at a few examples of our water footprints.

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What’s For Lunch?

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Students looked in their lunchbags to make a list of the food items they had for the day. We discussed where they thought their foods were grown/packaged. If we could not find the information on the package, we looked up places on the internet or packages brought in (e.g., avocados from Mexico). Using Google Earth, we looked at how far their food travelled to get to our city. We added up the kilometres from some of the common items found in lunchbags. We also watched a few videos on the carbon footprints of food. We discussed how eating locally grown produce and avoiding food waste are two ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their nutrition break food choices.

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What’s Old is New Again

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Schools go through a lot of paper! Our class decided that we could use the scrap construction paper pieces left over from one week's art activity for another art project instead of throwing the pieces in the recycling bin. Students were shown how to create mosaics using small pieces of coloured paper to fill in their planned designs.

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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