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A Green-Powered Canada
We first discussed sources of renewable energy in our area of the Gaspesie. It was brought up that we have a parent who works at the wind farm. We read from The Grand Vent Wind Farm Project book which was created by our community to introduce the wind farm project that was being constructed. We then watched a wind turbine video and the Bill Nye energy video. We each filled in the worksheet provided and compliled our notes onto one sheet.
We watched videos on how to save the planet, by using technology that emits little or no pollution. We read about ways to lower pollution emmisions coming from our transportation systems. We discussed what would work in our small, rural community then worked as a team to come up with 2 word clouds.
We have been participating in an initiative started by Grade 6 over 10 years ago. We collect bottles and cans from the community grounds and after any activities, like Pow Wows or Bingos. The cans are kept in a big recycling bin in our classroom and are sorted by students in the class. We then walk them to the store to exchange them for money. The money made is used to purchase books for our classroom and for students to take home during the summer. Each book is labeled Bottles For Books and students have been sharing them with each other over the years.
Do You Really Need It?
We watched videos on how energy is used in our houses and discussed simple ways to save energy in our everyday lives. We talked about using cold water for laundry and turning off lights and appliances when we are not in the room. We each tried to give up an energy using device for a day and discussed how that felt.
We began by discussing what are things that people waste that destroys the planet. They quickly realized that we can divide these things into categories. We then watched a Marketplace video by CBC called Food Waste. Students then played a pictionary game and once the picture was finished they had to decide if it was beneficial or not to the planet.
We watched the videos on plants recommended in the lesson plan. We talked about how helpful plants are to our planet. We brainstormed what would be the most beneficial place to grow our plants and began the observation charts. We decided on planting 4 different types of vegetables each and are now anxiously waiting to see results.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We each identified our own carbon footprint by answering questions about our lifestyles. The visual depictions of how much energy we used led to a lively discussion. We then discussed ways to lower our consumption of energy and created a class word cloud. From the word cloud we colored our own energy reducing footprint.
One Hour No Power
We brainstormed all the energy problems that could arise from misuse of man made devices. We then discussed how some of these problems could be resolved. From the information gathered students thought about a problem that they would later draw a comic strip for. They used the worksheet provided and shared their ideas in groups. They then began working separately on their comics. Their final work was displayed for the rest of the school to see.
We brainstormed ideas of items that could be found in each of the categories. Then we did a mock challenge writing down everything that we wasted in a day of school. Students then watched a Bill Nye video on garbage. Students then brought the Take Home worksheet home to complete and return when done. We were surprised to see many similarities on the tracking sheets.
The Phantom of the Classroom
Tips and Tricks
What’s For Lunch?
What’s Old is New Again
Students were give a few days to collect items from their recycle bins at home and in the classroom. They saved them on a table in class and then were given time to create either an art sculpture or a tool from their findings. They loved creating little characters from empty medicine bottles and this led to other ideas about using these characters in diorama settings and writing stories about them.