Agnes G. Hodge School
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We began our own community initiative by cleaning up litter all around the school property. Some students continued this initiative at home in their neighbourhoods as well. We as a team, have decided to continue our initiative on a regular basis to keep our earth clean and litter-free.
Do You Really Need It?
We spent a number of days in health and during this challenge discussing food waste and how to reduce it. We created a list of some of the ideas that we had learned. Then, we played a game of charades using our list. The students really enjoyed this game and they did great!
We watched videos on carbon offsetting to build our understanding of the concept. Then the students learned about photosynthesis and how this helps with carbon offsetting. We began to grow plants in a variety of ways: on the window in bags to see the roots, in two different types of soil, and lastly we took clippings from already established plants and placed them in water to see how they can regrow roots and begin a new plant. We have begun to see many changes that the students look forward to seeing each day.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We explored the concept of a carbon footprints and how they are not a good thing. We calculated the carbon footprint of a few students in the classroom. We talked about how the results would be very different in an underdeveloped place somewhere else in the world. We created a picture informing others how to reduce their carbon footprints. We posted the footprints around the school to educate others.
One Hour No Power
We did a variety of tasks during times with no power. Some of the activities included taking gym outside, continuing our work using sunlight, resting, playing games such as charades, working on our initiatives such as collecting litter and having lunch.
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The Phantom of the Classroom
We learned all about Phantom Power and what it was. We created a map of our classroom, and after watching videos about Phantom Power, we went on a search around the classroom to identify various sources. Since then, we have made a more conscious effort to not only shut off the obvious sources of power such as lights and screens etc., but we will even turn off Phantom Power sources as well. Great learning!
Tips and Tricks
We participated in a PSA to teach many people about means of transportation that is better for the environment. Instead of saying "don't" or "no" cars etc., we learned the difference between positive messages and negative messages and we worked together to use only positive messages not only for our video, but in our everyday lives as well. We felt that this message will target MANY people not just traveling to school but to work, and other places too! We wanted to help others think of many ways that you can travel that is better for our environment! If everyone could make a change like this, our world would be significantly impacted in a positive way.
What’s For Lunch?
In this challenge, we looked at a few students lunches to determine where the food came from. We then discussed how buying local and freezing and canning for the winter would have used far less travel kilometers for our food to get to us. We also learned about the market since many students have never been there.
What’s Old is New Again
We discussed the 3 R's with a focus on reusing. We talked about the many benefits of reusing items for a variety of reasons. Everything from "hand-me down" clothes, to passing toys along to other children, to creating new things out of old. In this activity, the students brought in everything from scraps at home and recycled items to use for our learning. Everything was made from recycled or reusable items. Some students made useful products such as pencil holders. Some students made presents for family members, and some students used their creative minds to make fun crafts.