• Ontario
  • Elementary

Bell High School

L'Enery Saveurs GIFF7A

  • 15 Challenges Completed
  • 1 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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We continued to think of Green Energy banking off of our exploration of Green transportation. Something that came up was the use of biomass to help transition from non-renewable sources. This was linked to understanding the role of Indigenous people on this land and their links / knowledge / history with various plants. We looked also at solar energy, wind energy, hydro-electric power, and that of natural gases. It was important to look at each type of energy for it's pros for the environment as well as areas of improvement. For example, wind power can alter some bird patterns while solar energy can take up a lot of space pending on how it is placed. This does not mean these forms of energies were not appreciated by students but more so looking at forms of energy from a variety of perspectives. Highly encourage anyone to check out the Biomass video some students created (defi energetique)

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Buckle Up

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We explored the alternatives that already exist today and their benefits towards combatting/mitigating climate change while still acknowleding the issues that may arise from too much ofonehting or another. We looked at biomimicry to guide some of the thought of solutions and current practices in the world (Bullet Train in Japan). We even looked to how we can connect these future or current modes of transportation towards the Sustainable Development Goals and how they will support the achievement of these goals. From full electric public transportation, rethinking the interior features of vehicles (sustainable materials) to human powered flying bikes! Sky is the limit, literally!

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Do You Really Need It?

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Although many arguments were made towards the wants being a need, ultimately the understanding of how our wants lead to greater energy consumption became apparent. From the energy used to get that chocolate bar or chips, or hours on a computer, all of these lead to a greater energy consumption. From defining wants vs. needs, to energy understanding, to sorting through some options, hopefully we are all on a better route to being energy savers! We opted to do this on a shared Jamboard to see each other's actions, thoughts, and generate a sense of community towards being better for our planet. We will be looking at Dollar Street to look at how others live in the world and what needs and wants are possible different depending on where one lives.

Game Time!

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After following the lesson, and watching Great Big Story 'Tackling Food Waste' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-1etiTjMF8) we dug into more on Canada's food issues, waste, action steps and more. We did our reasearch and turned our reasearch into Kahoots or Jeopardy for other students to play! Learning can be fun, so too can actioning steps for a better word! In the future, we would build board games from recycled materials to ensure less energy use :) Our games include ways to limit food waste, better our energy use, and more! We played them as a class and shared them with out classes for Earth Day and whenever!

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Get Growing

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We are doing this one a bit differently. As we wait for our Tomatoe seeds to arrive, we applied to get a Green Corner for our school (A Nature Nook) "The Nature Nook is an area where students and staff can sit amongst native tree species to socialize, study, or reflect. It will consist of a bench surrounded by approximately 2-3 trees, red maple, sugar maple, and/or a hackberry. Visitors to the nature nook will be able to learn the differences between these deciduous trees and why they are of environmental significance to the area." We also decided to look into the Website https://onplants.ca/ to figure out what plants are native to Ontario that we can plant in a sunny area of our school as pictured. It is an underutlized part of our school and we wish to plant plants indigenous to our area that will also help the bees! We plan on getting mostly purple flowers as they attract bees (Astra, Iris, & Bee Balm!). We will be planting them in may and are scheduled to chat with local garnders the first week of May to learn more. Attached is the letter for the Nature Nook that will be placed out our school, where we will be planting anual flowers that are from Ontario, and our one current Tomatoe Plant :)

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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Of course, we opted to see what the worse would be and roughly 65 planets was more than we thought! Then we wondered how many people with excess cars, space in their big homes, travel patterns, excess clothing etc. may possibly come close. This was followed by things being out of student control BUT that they can still make small changes to help our planet for the generations yet to come. So even though some foot prints are bigger, every action helps. We also explored how this whole thing came about through BP (British Petrolium). Interesting look on where to place blame on our energy use. We will be looking more at energy use around the world and who uses what, the amount, and why before the year is out. Added point: It was interesting for us to see our "over shoot" days. Also what the planet use means.

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One Hour No Power

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Well, we did no power a lot. Lights off, outdoor walks, reading, read-alouds, games, and a few times nothing on BUT we did work on our fully charged computers to go deeper into some learning. Best part, we are still unplugging, getting outside, using natural sunlight whenever possible along with applying these habits in our homes. We did more than 15 but their educator forgot to track the hours above the 15 :)

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Story Time

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From thinking of the small actions we can take to telling our future selves that we tried, all the stories focused on actions that anyone can take to try and protect the planet for the generations yet to come. For some, it was hard to explain to their future selves that some were not willing to put effort into the planet but that they would continue themselves to try. It was a great reflective piece for students that led to collaborative work, discussions, and creativity.

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Take-Home

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This was done during a long weekend where many celebrate Easter. Of course, for some students, this would mean more waste than normal with chocolate wrappers being part of their family celebrations. This led to conversations on the commercialism of some celebrated events, the wasted plastic, the need to reduce more than recycle, and how more composting can help our planet. We also learned more about what can and cannot be recycled in our community and different numbers associated with plastics. Due to teacher error, and some forgetfullness, not all pages are attached and in fact, some were used as GOOS (Good On One Side) paper for another class! All in all, we know we need to make better decisions or place more effort into the REDUCE, Reuse, recycle actions.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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When asking the class if they knew what Phantom Power was, many had no clue! We watched a few videos to learn more and got to work looking at where energy was being wasted in our space. We reflected on financial cost it caries for families and businesses as well as the environmental impact it can play in our world. It led to conversations of stored energy, wasted energy, conveservation and more. We shared our letters to our administrators and posted some of our creations in classrooms! A commitment has been made to unplug whatever we can before we leave school, especially on weekends along with items at home that are not needed during the day.

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Tips and Tricks

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We focused on what is easy for nearly anyone can do here in our area that requires minimal effort and can be habbit creating. It was geared towards our grade 7 & 8s with posters being printed on recycled paper for each class along with electronic versions sent to teachers. We chatted how if everyone did one thing, then a tipping point would come about (a little Malcom Gladwell learning along the way). What is awesome about this is all of us knowing that we can easily take action to contribute to the mitigation of climate change and support each other along the way! On Earth Day, the Tips & Tricks are being shared on our Insta class feed!

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Video Challenge

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We disscused the simple ways everyone can save energy every day without thinking too much about it. We thought that when we share these simple ideas, the more people that do them the better off our planet is for the generations yet to come. We also thought it great to run it like a TV inquiry series in cartoon form to attrack everyone's attention :).

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Water Works

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Perhaps being in a portable means less trips to the bathroom but nonetheless, the sometimes needless use of water that can occur no matter our age or location in our school! When thinking about Nibi, the Water Walkers, Junior Water Walkers, we better understand that we have a role play in protecting our planet's very few potable water sources. So much of what we do effects the water we drink,the food we eat, the future of our planet. Not everyone has acess to clean water, as learned in connection to the Sustainable Development Goals and as such, we need to do our part here! What we focused was on how we can shift our daily usage and perhaps think more towards minimizing our showers, ensuring we are not running the water needlessly, and reflecting on food purchases that require a lot of water to grow. When all was said and not, not completely acknowledged on the evidence provided, well over 2,500 L of water was seen as the difference between Day 1 and 2 making it clear that daily decisions affect our water use.

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What’s For Lunch?

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We took a deep look at what was in our lunch box. We are all mindful of the times we are in and that things may be harder to find, more expensive, leading to different choices for the dinner table. All that said, students were surprised at how far some of their food took to get to their plates, the mix of ingredients from around the world, and part of doing better for our planet is learning now so we can make better decisions in the future. We finished by looking at local farmers markets and what is in season in Ontario to help with water use (70% of the world's water being used for agriculture) and why organic can help the bees (knowing not everyone can purchase as such). We also made sure to track some of our food distances using Google Earth :).

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What’s Old is New Again

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We took a variety of our 'left overs' and made it into a dinosaur family! This was shared EarthDay with our grade 7-12 school as a picture to all those in our community. The idea is sadly, we are what we eat. So many plastics are now in our world and many of what was used in our dinosaur family had some form of plastic. Some we could recylce, others not so much. One story actually noted "Tu es ce que tu manges'. Better choices for packaging do exist and we hope to move towards that or make better choices with what we buy and from where. (yes, this group named it their teacher's family; all in good fun we promise!)

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Community Connections

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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