• Manitoba
  • Elementary

Duke of Marlborough

Churchill Chickens

  • 16 Challenges Completed
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A Green-Powered Canada

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We have been doing some debate activities since early in the school year so that the class would know how to debate effectively. The class was split into groups, with each group researching information for their own renewable resource. They also had to research issues with the green power of the other groups so they could be well informed. The actual debate went very well and the students enjoyed it so much!

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Buckle Up

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We began this challenge by brainstorming all the different ways we can get around in our town. We talked about transportation that would be good/bad for the environment. We also talked about the new EV (Electric Vehicle) Tundra Buggy that was launched in November and how this was a very positive change to our town's tourism industry. Students were asked to create poster, power point presentations or brochures for this challenge.

Community Connections

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For this challenge, we had the opportunity to visit the Churchill Northern Studies Centre for a fun field trip. The visit began with a tour of the energy efficient green building. The plexiglass dome (for watching aurora borealis at night) was a big hit. The students also got to meet a scientist who is currently working with a team to study current animal populations in the north. After our tour, we began working with people from "Rocket Greens" on an upcoming initiative. The students planted many vegetable seeds that will be offered (for free) to citizens of our town. As a special personal touch, the students were asked to write their names on their labelled plant sticks. After planting, we were given a tour of the "Rocket Greens Growcer" which is the container where the vegetables are grown for the local grocery stores, restaurants, and people in town who pay to receive monthly produce. This initiative started four years ago and has been a very successful and important part of our town. It gives us an opportunity to buy local produce and eat healthier. People share recipes on the Rocket Greens Facebook page.

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Do You Really Need It?

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The students were quite excited for this challenge. They very willingly gave up laptops and the loft. I gave up these items as well. Our classroom routine definitely changed, but the students completely embraced the change with no complaints.

Game Time!

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For the “Game Time” challenge, I began the lesson with showing some videos about food waste and how it impacts landfills and the environment. We talked about the challenges we face when trying to buy produce at our local store. Often times when it arrives, it is already going bad. Students shared stories of how much produce their parents have had to toss out. We talked about what we could do to help this. We discussed the importance of “Rocket Greens” in our community and how this community initiative supplies different kinds of lettuce and herbs to the local store and subscribing households. We also talked about buying frozen vegetables and fruit. After discussing other things we could do to eliminate food waste, the students came up with questions for a game using Baamboozle (like Kahoot, but students do not need laptops to play the game). After the questions and answers were added, we played the game the next day.

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Get Growing

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We started growing our plants early. We used lettuce, peppers, and tomato seeds. Some of the plants thrived more than others and we talked about possible reasons for this. We also talked about the importance of plants and trees in our environment.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We talked about carbon footprint and how we each have one. I showed some videos that explained what a carbon footprint is and how we can reduce it. The students calculated their own footprints using two online websites. During Art class, the students designed their footprints.

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One Hour No Power

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We started this challenge fairly early because it does take a bit of time to build up the hours. We are not in our regular classroom, but our current space was perfect for this challenge. We have no control over the lights but that is fantastic, because the lights are never on. Windows provided all of our light. When it came to planning, I just used blocks of time where no electronics would be used. For the most part, we used Library time, silent reading time, and Art. A few other things like Math, Social Studies, and Science were thrown in as well.

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Story Time

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For this challenge, we began by discussing what the world might look like in the future. We watched a few videos showing how things could be very bleak if action is not taken against climate change. We also watched a video about the current usage of clean energy in Canada and the growth of renewable resources in the future in our country.

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Take-Home

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This challenge was given to families over a four week timeline. I wanted to make sure that families could work the five consecutive days into their own schedule. As a class, we discussed examples of items that could be reused or recycled. The previous recycled art challenge we did helped a lot with this.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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We talked about phantom power and I showed examples of it in the school and classroom (my phone charger and power bars). We watched a few videos about phantom power and then discussed where there might be a lot of phantom power in our homes; especially any room with electronics. We then talked about where phantom power might be in the school. For our writing lesson, the students were asked to write a persuasive letter to the principal. We looked at sample persuasive letters and used this kind of format.

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Tips and Tricks

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This challenge is one I usually save for one of the last ones we do. We talked about what we have learned with all of the challenges we have done so far. The students created posters to demonstrate their understandings.

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Video Challenge

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We brainstormed ideas and ways to share some energy saving tips. Many of these students are in Drama Club and Movie Making Club so they felt quite comfortable putting this video together. They were quite determined to add some humor to the video.

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Water Works

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For the “Water Works” challenge, we talked about our common uses of water every day. Students brainstormed ways they could reduce water usage in their own homes. We also talked about how running water is a huge concern in our community during the winter months with many of us experiencing frozen pipes and flooding toilets. We have learned how it’s easy to take water for granted. I even shared my own personal story of pipes being frozen for four days in early February. I was restricted from running water as I normally would. Students shared their own stories as well.

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What’s For Lunch?

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For this challenge, we brainstormed a list of local foods in our community. Many families pick berries in the summer, and they also hunt. trap, and fish. The students really enjoyed this challenge because many of them help with making meals at home. They understand the cultural and traditional importance of hunting and gathering for food security.

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What’s Old is New Again

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In class, we talked about how we can create things from trash. The students viewed examples of recycled art using a variety of materials. For a few weeks, students collected boxes, bags, containers, magazines, etc. from home. For a few art classes, the students worked on their projects.

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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