• Ontario
  • Elementary

E.J. James

Eco-Lution Crew VFI

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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We first asked ourselves questions about the electricity in our house. We completed an audit of all things in a room which require electricity. Then we asked ourselves where our electricity comes from. Finally we explored renewable/non-renewable energy sources, specifically looking at their advantages and disadvantages and what the future holds for each of them. We documented our learning in student created websites.

Buckle Up

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It is easy to just get in a car and go. Think twice! What we discovered is that there are alternate modes of transportation which could be used in some instances instead. Also, if you choose the car, then look ahead and make a plan by combining errands in one trip to minimize time on the road.

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Community Connections

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We have been learning so many things in this unit and realized we need to spread our knowledge. We talked about ‘global event days’, as stipulated by the United Nations, and as observed globally, which impact our climate, environment and energy use. We selected ‘World Bicycle Day’ and ‘World Food Day’ and got our families involved. We challenged those around us to bike, (rollerblade, walk or scooter) everywhere on a Saturday, and took photos of our activities. We realized how often we really use our cars! For our second community connections project, we explored the concept of food waste and the impact it has on our carbon footprint. We were shocked at the statistics of food shortage in some countries and so much food waste in others. We challenged ourselves, our families and those around us to think twice, before wasting or throwing away food. We challenged ourselves to upcycle our leftovers and reinvent a new meal, rather than throwing out the leftovers. We enjoyed eating our delicious concoctions!

Do You Really Need It?

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We discovered that some of the things we use everyday are pure privileges and are not necessities. For example, there are alternatives to (always charging) smart home devices which tell us weather or traffic. Also we could turn down the power of a space heater, or turn it off altogether, by putting on a sweater, or dressing in layers. Gaming consoles could be plugged in, only when in use, and their use could be reduced or limited altogether, since there are better ways to spend our free hours. This activity made us realize how much time we spend on our devices. We easily admitted that getting outside and being active was better for our health and the environment, than spending more hours using our gaming consoles after a day on our screens.

Game Time!

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Wow! Did we ever have fun! We signed up for topics we wanted to learn more about, as they pertain to energy consumption. We dove deeper into: food waste, plastic use, water usage, pollution. We then completed a Jamboard, to explore what we already knew and what we wanted to know about our subjects. Then we created different games, for example escape rooms, bingo, Jeopardy, snake and ladders and played them as a class. We learned so much, while having so much fun! Finally we wrote a reflection about how we can ‘do better’ now that we ‘know better.’

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Get Growing

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Wow! We never knew how much plants actually help clean our air! We learned about photosynthesis and completed the growing diagram. We also went on a scavenger hunt to find air purifying plants in our home and included some photos. We are also going to be planting seeds soon, but they won’t be planted before this due date, so we could not include those photos here!

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We had so much fun calculating our carbon footprint. It was alarming how many earths it takes to sustain some of our lifestyles. While some of us are already offsetting, we recognize how much further we have to go to offset our massive carbon footprints!

One Hour No Power

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We discovered that making wiser choices with our time, not only helps save electricity and the environment, but our eyes from excessive screen time! We learned that we can be energy wise, have conversations, play board games and generally have more fun, when deliberately trying to save electricity. We do miss our luxury items though, for example to listen to music. However, the big picture is that you don’t have to give up the luxury, but you can choose to use it in moderation. This was pretty easy for us, and we realized it was more fun too!

Story Time

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We have learned so much about how to be energy conscious! In this task we applied some of our learning to communicate our new knowledge via comic strips and stories we wrote. A few themes emerged from all our stories. First, we can all play a role in having an impact. We can all do better and do more. Finally, it is not too late! Start making a change today!

Take-Home

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After discussing ‘waste’, ‘recycling’, ‘composting”, “singlue-use plastics” and the concerns these present in our environment, we challenged ourselves and our families to be more ‘waste conscious’. We were a alarmed to find out how much we actually throw away. Over the course of once week we recycled or composted 272 items, we re-used 525 items (in part thanks to our ‘what’s old is new again task’ and we placed 399 items in the garbage. As a whole we did better that we were doing before, because we actually saved a lot from going to landfills. We had to involve our families and we hope to continue our trend even after the challenge.

The Phantom of the Classroom

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Students learned about Phantom Power. They hunted for items in their home that use power and use phantom power. They collected data, calculated costs and evaluated how much power is 'leaking'. Then they translated that into $ money wasted by the kwH. They realized how much money they could save every week, and every year, if they actually just ‘unplugged’. They wrote letters and created maps identifying where the phantom power was located.

Tips and Tricks

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We sure had fun putting our media skills to the test, teaching our families, and reminding them to be energy wise! We made as many PSA’s we could think of and posted them around our house. These will act as an ongoing reminder for us to energy ambassadors, and even subtly teach our guests when they come by for a visit!

Video Challenge

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Following our work in Green Powered Canada, we conducted a home energy audit. Then we explored phantom energy and how we could save money and make an impact on our environment. We discussed energy savings tips, 'call to action', and public service announcements. Each video was completely student driven and generated and each student had the choice under which category they wanted to compete. We enjoyed a video gallery walk and voted for our favourite!

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Water Works

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After we became aware of how much water we ‘waste’ by doing everyday regular things, like laundry or dishes, we tracked our consumption. On day one we used 18597 L and on day two we used 13411 L. So we saved 5186 L as a class. It is a start…but we know we can be more efficient.

What’s For Lunch?

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After discussing where our food comes from and the importance of our choices, we looked at how we know where our food comes from. We looked at flyers and products at home in our pantry and fridge. Then we discussed what a ‘food mile’ is and different ways to reduce our food mile. For example, do we really need fresh blueberries in December in Ontario? Also we talked about CSA’s and farm markets. We participated in a series of virtual field trips to food producing farms to better understand where our food comes from. We explored a ‘food mile’ calculator. Then we created our own class cookbook of our favourite lunch. In our header, we included our food miles per ingredient and the fair daily% food emission of our meal.

What’s Old is New Again

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We certainly learned there is a lot of waste in the form of garbage, recycling and compost that each one of households churns out everyday. So often something can be re-purposed or upcycled to give it new life and keep it out of the landfill. We were super creative, creating things which were purposeful and supported nature or wildlife, like bird feeders or planters. We also created things which were useful, like paint palettes from bottlecaps, pen holders, games like tic/tac/toe or marble mazes. We even managed to create decorative items which now sit on our desk or hang in our rooms like framed 3-d art and windchimes, all from items which we saved from the landfill.

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