• Alberta
  • Elementary

Erskine Colony School

Erskine Energy Savers

  • 6 Challenges Completed
  • 10 Challenges not completed

Get Growing

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Description

Our class participates in the Tomatoshere program every year and we recently planted our tomato seeds. They are just beginning to sprout, so we have just started to monitor their progress. This year the younger students tried starting seeds in plastic bags with damp cotton balls, but unfortunately, only a few sprouted. They then potted their seeds and will keep track of their growth. After discussing the life cycles of pumpkins and tomatoes, the students completed the life cycle sheets. We had a class discussion on the process of photosynthesis and how plants improve air quality and reduce air pollution. The students will give their tomato seedlings to their moms for Mother's Day and also plant some in our school garden that we started last year.

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One Hour No Power

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Starting in early February, we tried to go without power as much as we could. For us it was mostly turning off lights in the classroom, although, I made a point not to use the photocopier or plug in my cell phone during that time as well. We are lucky that our school/classroom has many windows on either side which let in a lot of natural light. My students were very good at reminding us to turn off lights, mostly for a couple of hours in the afternoon during reading time, science, social studies and art. This challenge was pretty painless for us as we quite often work with the lights off when the sun is shining! We are also not allowed the use of any technology in the classroom (no computers, smartboards, tablets, etc.) so we are already saving energy by not using those devices!

Story Time

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Description

Before we started this challenge we discussed some energy related issues that affect us in our daily lives. We then brainstormed all the ways we could think of to save energy and the students started planning how they would create their comic strip using the planning sheet. Once the students had completed their comic strips we posted them on our bulletin board and did a gallery walk so everyone could view them.

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Take-Home

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Prior to beginning this challenge we discussed, as a class, different ways that we can reduce the amount of waste we produce. In our classroom the students are used to recycling paper and saving a variety of products such as cardboard, toilet paper rolls, yogurt containers, etc. to reuse. The students then took home their waste tracking sheets (1 per family) and kept track of the items that were recycled, reused or thrown out at home over a period of one week. I have had this same group of students for 5 years now and they are getting really good at recycling both at home as well as in the classroom!

What’s For Lunch?

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Description

At our school we run a daily nutritious snack program in which the students are involved with making monthly menus using items from two different food groups per snack. I had ordered materials from TeachNutrition.ca including the Food Adventures with Felix the Farmer kit which contain lessons and recipes that teach nutrition. We constantly check labels on canned or packaged items for ingredients that contain preservatives and try to omit those items from our menus. The students in my class come from a farming community, so they know first hand how their food is produced and where it comes from. They provide the school with fresh eggs, honey, and when in season, vegetables from their gardens. We have a small plot of land beside the school where the students grow sunflowers, pumpkins and tomatoes (seeds obtained from the Tomatosphere program). For this challenge the students were asked to consult with their mothers for recipes that used mostly foods grown on the farm and write down the recipe to be added to our class cookbook.

What’s Old is New Again

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We have been collecting all sorts of materials and leftover scraps for years and this was the prefect challenge to recycle some of them! This building project started with the reading of "Sonya's Chickens" which was part of the SPCA Animal Tales program that fosters kindness and respect towards animals. It also fit into our grades 1 and 3 "Building" units in science, so not only did the students use recycled materials with which to build their chicken coops, they also had to use a variety of fasteners. The students worked in groups of two to first sketch and label a plan of their coop and create a list of materials that they would need. Once the projects were completed, parents were invited to the school to view the students' final projects.

A Green-Powered Canada

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Buckle Up

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Community Connections

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Do You Really Need It?

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Game Time!

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Tips and Tricks

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Video Challenge

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Water Works

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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