La Salle School
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A Green-Powered Canada
Students used the graphic organizers provided in order to research different renewable energy sources that are used in Canada. Students presented their information on a poster and became an 'expert' in whichever energy source they researched in order to share the information that they gathered with their classmates.
Our class researched different organizations that aimed to help with different environmental causes; some relating to energy use. We created brochures, posters and PowerPoint presentations in order to display and show-off our information. Students chose causes from The Nature Conservancy of Canada, to Teams Trees and Team Seas and used the research graphic organizer provided in order to seek out the information that they needed to include in their final product.
Do You Really Need It?
This challenge saw students filling out the graphic organizer provided in order to think about their wants and needs, and then to challenge themselves to give one of their wants up in order to make a difference in terms of their energy consumption/use. I also had students write a reflection after they had completed their personal challenge to think about the impact of their challenge, and to reflect on the difficulty of their challenge.
Our class used their prior knowledge about photosynthesis and completed some independent research on carbon offsetting. We also planted vegetable seeds and made newspaper pots to house the seeds and soil. We will continue to track the progress as the school year comes to an end.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
Our class used a couple of different ecological footprint/carbon footprint calculators online in order to estimate our environmental impact on the world. We used this data in order to write a short reflection on our carbon footprint outline, talking about some of the ways in which we can improve our footprint and our impact.
One Hour No Power
Students used a class tracking sheet in order to track the amount of time they spent deliberately not using power after school. Students wrote down activities like going for a walk or getting outside instead of spending time watching TV, or reading a book instead of playing video games. Each student’s individual input gave us our total hours of no power.
Students created either a short story, a graphic novel, a comic, or a picture book that had an energy-saving theme. We brainstormed ideas as a class and used the graphic organizer provided in order to collect and organize their ideas before writing. Students worked with a partner in order to create their stories.
Students tracked their garbage, recycling and reusing habits over the course of a week. Students got their parents on-board with this challenge, and worked with their families at home in order to keep track of their waste. Students filled out the sheet provided and submitted it to me after their week-long data was tracked.
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The Phantom of the Classroom
Tips and Tricks
Students put together some fun, informal energy-saving videos in order to share with their classmates. We will be looking for other ways of sharing tips with our school; through morning announcements over the intercom, or leaving tips around the school as posters or QR codes that other students with devices can scan.
Students brainstormed ideas for a PSA video that they could make, and came up with the theme of 'unplugging' and getting outside. The class was in charge of coming up with a script for the short video, and did all the filming and editing as well. Our class decided that in order to save energy in the classroom, taking learning outside as much as possible would be the most effective solution!
What’s For Lunch?
What’s Old is New Again
Our class came up with a couple of different activities for this challenge. Some students repurposed glass jars and turned them into pencil holders or piggy banks, decorating them with Ukraine colours in hopes of selling them at a bake/craft sale in the future. Other classmates repurposed an old T-shirt and turned it into a tote bag.