• British Columbia
  • Elementary

Yarrow Community School

Yarrow Cubs

“eco-friendly gr 1-2 class”

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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We watched the Energy 101 video then signed out library books on the forms of renewable energy so we could find out more. Students researched wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and water energy and filled in the info chart. We then checked for online resources, but found many were too much for their level of reading (exception was Epic.com and Brittanica.com). Each group then shared with the class what they had learned and discussed what was good about each form of renewable energy and what wasn't so good (costs and effect on wildlife were the key points). Good start:)

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Buckle Up

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Our class brain-stormed eco-friendly ways to get to school, then made posters showing the travel options - biking, walking, car pooling, bussing, skate-boarding and scootering. We then displayed our posters for others to see.

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Community Connections

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Students have been learning about gardening and growing our food locally to reduce our carbon footprint, so we decided to go to our community Eco-village and lend a hand. We pulled invasive weeds, planted pollinator seeds for birds and butterflies and ate edible plants like chives and sorrel. Students loved all the hands-on work and want to make this a regular event ... so we will be back again to help out and even grow some veggies. Thanks to Farmer Dave and Farmer Meghan for sharing their knowledge:)

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Do You Really Need It?

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Our class discussed wants and needs then brainstormed what items were essential in our lives. At school, we decided we could live without at least one energy using item for an entire day...we gave up i-pads for 2 days and realized we could function without them. At home, students chose other electronic items like their Nintendo games, tablets and TV to give up for 24 hours. It turned out to be an easy challenge and they used their free time to read, draw, play outside or just hang out with their families. We are going to keep trying to cut down our energy use by turning off our lights and using less ipad time. We prefer being outside:)

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Game Time!

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Students learned about food waste, its connection to energy and how we could reduce it. They played games online that involved them sorting waste into the proper location - ie compost, recycling, reuse. They liked playing Recycle Roundup and Turtle Diary. We then played a game in class where students had to determine where their waste should go. They realized how much they waste and are determined to reduce it.

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Get Growing

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Our class investigated photosynthesis and learned about how plants grow. We then planted potatoes and onions in our school garden with the garlic we planted in the fall. Students are excited to watch their veggies grow and will be growing "space" tomatoes from Tomatosphere after the spring break. Everyone is looking forward to eating their harvest in June.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We learned how to calculate our carbon footprint by using the Carbon Footprint calculator. We then watched the Carbon Monster and the Green Ninja to better understand how we could reduce our carbon footprint. We brainstormed actions that we could take - recycle, eat local and less meat, turn off the taps when brushing teeth, reusing our clothing by donating to others, carpooling, composting... then made footprints to display so others could learn from it.

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One Hour No Power

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We discussed how we could save energy in our class by turning the lights off and also by using the outside as our classroom. During the winter it is quite dark in the morning, but by lunchtime, we can use natural light to see in the classroom. We also started lights out lunch to save energy during lunchtime. While saving power, we were able to do Math, Reading, Writing, Art, Science, PE and Nature walks (our favorite). As the days get brighter, I'm sure we can save even more energy by turning off the lights and computer.

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Story Time

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Our class has been learning about the different ways they can be eco-friendly so they took their ideas and made them into comic strips. The green hero in their stories was "Yoyo", the Yarrow Cub . "Yoyo" saves the day by teaching others to recycle, compost, turn down the heat, unplug lights and electronics, grow local food, get outside and turn off the video games. Once they were finished, they shared their comic strips with energy-saving tips with other students and will share with the whole school in a wall display.

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Take-Home

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We discussed how we could reduce waste in our classroom by recycling, reusing and composting. Students then took the "Take Home" Challenge to their homes where they tracked their waste for a week with their parents. They found ways to reduce single-use items and reused jars and containers to create less waste. This challenge made everyone more aware of how much we throw away and how we can change some habits.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Students learned what phantom power was and then we mapped our classroom to see where we were wasting energy. The main source of phantom power was near the teacher desk where the computer, pencil sharpener, ipad and document camera were plugged in . We found a simple solution ... a power cord. Students then went home to see where they were wasting energy...usually TV, computers, and video games. Power cords were a good solution.

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Tips and Tricks

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Students have been looking at all the ways they can reduce energy and have shared their "tips and tricks" with the rest of our school through displays on our walls and in the gym for a special event. Next up....our video where students will share how everyone can reduce their carbon footprint.

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Video Challenge

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Our Yarrow Cubs made a short video showing steps everyone can take to reduce their carbon footprint and help our planet.

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Water Works

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We ave been learning about the water cycle so this challenge tied in with what students were learning about how much water we think we have and how much we actually have available. Living in BC, there seems to be an endless amount of water, but we soon learned that is not the case. After some research, we were ready to do the Water Works Challenge and recorded our water use over 2 days. Students were really surprised at how much water can be wasted by running the tap while brushing teeth and having baths. Most decided to cut down on their baths and shorten their showers. Some even decided to take less showers. This challenge really opened their eyes to how we can all take steps to waste less water and conserve what we have.

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What’s For Lunch?

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Our class kicked off the Energy Diet Challenge by looking at what we were eating and seeing how far the food travelled. After examining a map of the world and calculating that some of our favorite foods travelled thousands of km to get to us, we decided to look closer to home for "local" recipes. Since we live in a farming community, it was not hard to find good quality food within 10 km. We have local dairy farms, beef, chicken, apples, berries, lettuce, carrots, potatoes, honey and even "world famous" salmon from the nearby Vedder River, which we visit often. Students talked with their parents to come up with their favorite local recipe and submitted many yummy options - Strawberry Sorbet with local berries, honey and milk; Veggie Scramble with local onions, peppers, garlic and eggs; lots of Berry Smoothies; bacon and steak dishes; salmon, potatoes and Chilliwack corn; and Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with potatoes. Many fruits and veggies grown in their own garden. We can't wait to send our recipe book home.

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What’s Old is New Again

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Students decided to use recycled materials for an Olympic STEM Challenge at our school. They took toilet paper rolls and left over recycling odds and ends to make bobsleds. After making their bobsleds, they needed to build ramps to test them and reflect on how they could have improved their design. Most found they needed a faster bottom and skis and preferred the "sasquatch" hill instead of the "bunny" hill (better angle and length). They presented their submission at our school's Olympic event so that others could see what they did with recycled materials. Fun activity!

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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