Errol Village Public School
Energy Efficient Eagles
- 16 Challenges Completed
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A Green-Powered Canada
As a class we watched some videos on green energy and then had a discussion about the possible energy sources we use in Canada. Students were then put into groups of 3 or 4 to research an energy source (renewable or non-renewable) and create an Adobe Spark video. The videos were then presented to the class.
Students talked about all the different modes of environmentally friendly of transportation in our community. Students then narrowed down the list to pick out the methods in which they can travel to school. With a partner, they created a poster encouraging students to choose more environmental mode of transportation this spring.
Students talked about ways they could get the community involved in an event and decided to focus on Earth Hour on March 26th. We brainstormed ideas that we could put on the school morning announcements to promote the event. We also had a school event on the Friday during the third block of classes having the school turn off the lights. Then we also promoted the event on the school Facebook page asking the community to partake in Earth Hour.
Do You Really Need It?
To start with we discussed the difference between a need and a want. We brainstormed a list and then watch a video called "The Story of Stuff." After students completed the worksheet and shared what they considered a need and want. Students then voted and decided the class will give up any technology in the classroom for the entire day of Wednesday, April 13. We decided we will plant seeds in the classroom greenhouse.
Students talked about the issue of food wastage and how it is a global problem especially when some countries lack the resource. We watched some videos on how some Canadian companies are trying help reduced the food wastage. Students were then put into groups and researched questions for a trivia games. 4 groups made a Blooket and one groups created a Kahoot.
Students investigated the process of Photosynthesis and how plants make their own food. We watched a video to support their understanding. They were given their own bean seeds and grew their beans in the classroom greenhouse, making scientific observations as it sprouted by recording in their seed journal. Students also completed worksheets focusing on the parts of the plant.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
For this challenge students were assigned to watch 2 videos. One explaining ecological footprint and the other carbon footprint. Once finished they signed into Google Classroom and completed a Carbon Footprint calculator for kids on a website. After they received their score they thought about how they could further reduce their footprint and completed 5 ideas on the worksheet provided and cut out their foot for display.
One Hour No Power
For the One Hour No Power we spread the time throughout different parts of the day. Everyday students dedicated their first lunch break of 20 minutes to eating without any lights on. We also turned off the lights in many art lessons as well as Earth Hour or the Do we really need it challenge?
For this challenge I integrated it into my writing program and students used their imagination to create a super hero who would battle a villain who was trying to harm the Earth. Once they brainstormed ideas and completed their template, they started using Pixton to create their comic. Students needed to establish a clear problem in the plot and at the end of their comic the villain needs to learn a lesson from the hero and what they could do to help the Earth rather than harm it.
For this challenge we watched some videos on the recycling and composting process. As a class we then talked about how we are a linear economy designed to throw things out and go buy new items. Students were surprised by the amount of items that couldn't be recycled and were instead thrown into the landfill. Students took the Waste Tracking Sheet home with them and a week later they brought their home assignment back to school.
The Phantom of the Classroom
For this challenge students watched videos on Phantom Energy. We then searched the classroom for possible sources that are using phantom energy and areas where a power bar is being used. Students were then asked to go home and draw a floor plan of their home and locate areas around the house that may or may not have phantom power.
Tips and Tricks
Prior to our Earth hour event we discussed ways to reduce the use of electricity and other energy saving tips that could be implemented in the home and at work. Students then created posters focusing on a specific energy saving idea. The posters were displayed on the bulletin board to help promote Earth Hour and what families could do.
For the video challenge the class decided to create a video using Adobe Spark and create a top 10 list of things students/people can do to reduce their Carbon Footprint and help with Climate Change. We first brainstormed a list of tips that students could perform and then voted as a class to rank them in order. Once we had our list we used Adobe Spark to find images and narrated our top 10 tips.
As a class we watched some videos on the importance of conserving water and how pollution (plastic) is causing issues to clean drinking water. We talked about ways we can conserve water in the classroom and at home. Students then took home the tracking worksheet and completed.
What’s For Lunch?
What’s Old is New Again
For this challenge students discussed how items can be reused to avoid immediate disposal into the garbage. Then we talked about the recycling process and what items can be reused effectively. Students were then assigned a art project to build a robot that was structurally designed to stand independently. The robot had to include some form of metal, paper and plastic.