• Ontario
  • Elementary

Meadowlands PS

B - Les petits monstres en 4/5 de Mme Ramharry '22

“"Environment is no one's property to destroy; it's everyone's responsibility to protect" - Mohith Agadi”

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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In groups, students did research on 6 different forms of green energy to peer-teach the class; geothermal, wind, tidal, biomass, solar and hydroelectric.

Buckle Up

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Brainstorming methods of transportation we've taken, and elaborating a pros and cons table for each one. We concluded that while walking and biking are best for health and reducing our carbon footprint, some situations and destinations require more speed and distance, so we do have to sometimes resort to less environmentally friendly options in certain situations.

Community Connections

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Students created a community organization (CEP) with a two-fold mandate; to conserve water and to ensure access to potable water throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. Their annual summer initiative is to clean up oil spills off of both coasts, and support the care of affected marine wildlife. They run their operation from a carbon-neutral office, run on solar power.

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Do You Really Need It?

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We gave up an electronic device and discussed the experience. We outlined other ways of amusing ourselves, and discussed the differences between Wants and Needs.

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Game Time!

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Three games linked to learning about energy were designed: 1 - Energy Pictionary (topics to illustrate linked to environment, biodiversity, resources, energy usage and conservation, etc.) 2- Flip questions for a study guide. 3- A saving energy challenge by earning points for time spent off of devices.

Get Growing

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We looked at the Life Cycle of Plants and discussed Photosynthesis. Then we got planting... marigolds, Sunflowers, ivy, a succulent, and nectarines in pots and in some of the overflow of teacher mugs we wanted to give new life to.

How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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Nous avons répondu aux questions du gouvernement du Québec sur comment mesurer notre empreinte éco-énergétique (empreinte carbone - carbon footprint). Si tout le monde vivait comme nous, on aurait besoin de plusieurs terrains 100m x 100m et de plusieurs planètes pour subvenir à nos besoins! Nous avons créé un dragon avec nous petits pieds pour montrer que notre impact doit être puissant, car notre Terre est en danger MAINTENANT. The dragon made up of little feet is to show that our impact most be strong and powerful, as our Earth is in danger NOW.

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One Hour No Power

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We set our goal and did February and the beginning of March completely without power! Unplugging computers during the school day, using natural light during French blocks as we are fortunate enough to have 2 big windows. We adapted our ways of learning and working.

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Story Time

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All students wrote a letter to themselves from 2037 describing the World in their time and urging themselves to act in 2022 to preserve biodiversity, protect the land - air - water - forests, and to live less wasteful more sustainable lives. Alternatively, some drew comics to teach strategies for saving energy and tackling today's abysmal levels of pollution.

Take-Home

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We counted up items that we put in and/or saved from the garbage. What we recycled and composted versus what we had to discard.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Looked for and illustrated the sources of ghost energy in the classroom. We then researched the cost and wattage wasted.

Tips and Tricks

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Brainstorming ideas for saving energy in small groups, then as a class. We had a bit of a challenge deciding on the most essential ones to implement as our households are all different. We are however focusing on in-class strategies. Posters and morning announcements made for around the school to teach and encourage others to do the same!

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Video Challenge

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A small group brainstormed ideas, and voted on their favourite one. They then searched and tested out programs they thought might be fun to try for making a video. After settling on Animaker, they taught themselves how to use the program and create the necessary frames to convey their message.

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Water Works

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The WaterWorks Team tracked their usage of water over the course of 2 days and tried to reduce it on the 2nd. They then presented their surprising findings (just how much water is used/wasted) and strategies for saving water.

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What’s For Lunch?

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We discussed the 100km diet and locally sourced ingredients /recipes. Students shared some of their favourite recipes. *Interesting point: Due to people staying in more during Covid, many claimed to be eating more local produce and meats, and frequenting local markets instead of grocery stores.

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What’s Old is New Again

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Students created upcycled gifts and labelled their creations with origami hearts for a Valentine's Day Upcycled "ReNew the Love" gift exchange. We have homemade board/ interactive games, a homemade pillow, a cork covered glass vase, an Eiffel tower structure, little pets, characters, a lantern, a keychain, a bunch of flowers, a mobile, a picture frame and a hanging bee... and apparently unlimited love and creativity!

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