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Are you a parent or teacher searching for education resources with an environmental flavour? The Clean Foundation’s EnviroEd Team is here to help!

Each week of the school closures we will releasing suggested activities, videos, experiments, and other resources for parents, teachers, and learners at home. These posts will focus on grades P-8 but can be easily adapted for any learner. With over 30 years of environmental education expertise to draw from and a bank of curriculum-linked lessons and activities, we hope to serve the teaching and learning community during this new wave of education.

Let’s go on this adventure together – Happy learning at home!

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Week 1: Your Home, Your Environment

We bring the environment inside, and explore ways that our homes are connected to the environment through energy and electricity!

Week 2: All About Air

We’ll be exploring air and the atmosphere using our senses, science experiments, and fun video games!

Week 3: Earth Week

A special week of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, with activities that promote understanding and loving our home planet.

Week 4: Water Cycle Week

We go on a journey through the water cycle, and dig in to how we can conserve water from our homes.

 

 

Week 5: Waste(less) Week

May 4-8

This week we’ll sing along on one of Eddie’s Litterless Road Tours, turn plants into paper (and back again!), take part in the 3 R’s Olympics, and make an up-cycling project!

Week 6: Renewable Energy

May 11-15

What is renewable energy and where does it come from? We’ll explore that this week with activities and videos that highlight the importance of renewable energy for a clean future!

Week 7: Foundations of Food

May 18-22

A week all about food? Yum! Join us for tips on packing low-waste snacks, examining our food footprints, getting into the kitchen with Bigfoot, and celebrating local growers in Nova Scotia.

Week 8: Climate Change

May 25-29 

This week we look at the important issue of Climate Change – from explaining it in simple terms to little learners, to discovering how to take action and be the superheroes our planet needs.

Week 9: Wild Words

Exploring nature through the lovely lens of literacy, and celebrating the power of language to shape how we see the world.

June 1-5

Week 10: Oceans

We are all connected to the ocean, no matter where we live. Join us this week as part of the OceansWeekHFX online celebrations of the sea!

June 8 -11

Week 11: Solar Week

We all like to have fun in the sun, but how else can the sun help us live sustainably on the planet? Join us for games, s’mores and more…

June 15-19

Week 12: Set for Summer

After 12 wonderful weeks of learning, we will be looking back at some highlights, and looking ahead with ideas for bringing environmental learning to your summer!

June 22-26 

Week 1: Your Home, Your Environment 🏠 

We’re starting by bringing the environment inside, and exploring ways that our homes are connected to the environment through energy and electricity!

April 6-10

Monday - Plant Your Name

Eddie chose to draw trees, a squirrel, caterpillar and some flowers. He also drew his friend Norman, the one-winged American Kestrel from Hope For Wildlife!  Eddie also used the back of an old poster to draw his picture – great re-using Eddie!

Kari went all out with everything she normally sees when digging in her backyard. She loves hard working bees, crawling worms and seeing the birds enjoy the flowers. Kari cut up a large sheet of paper into a smaller size so she only used what she needed. More art paper for later! 

Subject: Visual Arts

Objective: To have children see themselves as a part of nature. Place children in nature whenever you can, starting with their names!

What to Expect: An art project that can be put on display and be used for discussion.

Materials: Paper and art supplies of choice *Alternatively, using plasticine to create a nature sculpture would be wonderful too!

Description:

Step One: Ask students to draw (or sculpt) their name in large characters on a white sheet of paper using a dark marker (or plasticine). Younger students may need some help while older students may get creative and draw bubble letters.

Step Two: Have the students turn their names into their own personal garden/ outdoor space using available art supplies. Eddie likes to use markers and crayons. Students can draw life of all types such as plants, animals, insects, fungi, and birds on each letter of their name. Remember, there is no one perfect garden. Dead branches teeming with insects are just as good as flowers and butterflies! Plant your name because you are a part of nature!

Step Three: Ask students to talk about what they have included in their garden and post their artwork up for others to see if you have the space.

 

To adapt this activity for older learners, ask each student to come up with three ways humans are affected by nature. Share answers and send pictures of your student’s work by sending us a message at enviroed@clean.ns.ca. We may even post your wonderful pictures on our website!

Here are some of YOUR wonderful creations!

       

Tuesday - Energy Detectives

   https://youtu.be/AQiNAZhDurs  

Subject:  Science, Electricity, Energy  

Materials  required:    

Description:   

1. Watch the video above, where we will explore and discover the various forms of energy around us and how we use various forms of energy to accomplish different day to day activities. 

2. Time to become an Energy Detective. Think about a typical day in your life, what do you do? How do you do it? How often do you do it? Now think about those various activities and how they relate to energy. Click here to download the ‘Energy Detectives Learner Table’. Use the Table to track the activities, and what forms of energy they use.

3. Want to dive even deeper into the world of Energy? Click here to download the ‘Energy Detectives Reflection Questions’ to continue your learning!   

Wednesday - Build Your Own Words Nest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLLHMESCtt8&feature=youtu.be

Subject: Creative Arts, Literacy 

Materials required: 

  • Large piece of paper (you can glue two pieces together, or even use the bottom of a cardboard box)
  • Glue stick 
  • Pair of scissors 
  • Newspaper 
  • Small strips of coloured paper 
  • Twigs, or string, or wool, or other creative nest material! 

Description: 

1. Lay out your large piece of paper on the table. This will be the ‘base’ of your nest! 

2. Use scissors to cut up the newspaper into strips. Glue them onto the bottom of the piece of paper to create a ‘nest’ shape.

3. Time to fill your nest with words, inspired by nature! To find them, you’ll need to get reading. You can read magazines (like OWL, National Geographic, or Chickadee), or chapter books. Search for words that remind you of nature. Kari found: feather, burrow, fog, soil, and ice. 

4.Write down the words that you find onto the small pieces of coloured paper. 

5. Glue your nature words onto the Words Nest. You can even use different colours of paper for different kinds of words, or give members of your family different colours for the words they find. That way you can see who finds the most nature words! 

Send us a photo of your creations! Email us at EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca.

Thursday - What is Electricity?

Subject: Science  

Description: 

In this video, Raoul takes learners into the world of electricity generation – from tiny electrons, to massive turbines!

Stay tuned for a future video on the many sources of renewable energy that provide electricity to our homes, schools, businesses, and buildings.

Resources:

– Let’s Talk Energy has some fantastic resources, games, and activities!

Questions? Comments? Email us at EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca.

Friday Feature - Green Learning

 

Friday Feature: GreenLearning.ca

Who are they? GreenLearning creates free online education programs about energy, climate change and green economy that engage and empower students to create positive change  for our evolving world. All lessons and activities are developed and piloted by teachers, and are fun and easy to use!

Suggested activity:  Electricity All Around Us 

We recommend following up Raoul’s great ‘energy’ videos this week with a fun game from GreenLearning called Electricity is All Around Us! 

Questions? Comments? Write to us with what you’d like to see here next! EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca

Week 2: All About Air ☁️ 

Exploring air and the atmosphere using our senses, science experiments,

and fun video games!

April 13-17

Monday - Eddie and The Air Out There Video Game

 https://clean.ns.ca/super-eddie-game/ 

Theme: Air Quality and Renewable Energy 

Objective: To learn about the importance of good air quality and the benefits of using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels… and to have fun while learning! 

What to Expect: A fun video game for young learners with music, and mini games to complete within. You can choose to have the game read to you, or you can read the instructions on your own. Limited computer skills needed (the game prompts learners to click in the right places). Play time will depend on the learner but you can always come back for more! 

Materials: Computer (speakers on!), or phone, or tablet. This game does NOT work well with Internet Explorer. 

The game can be downloaded for free from the App Store or the Google Play store. Just search for EnviroEddie:Air 

Download also available on the Clean website at: https://clean.ns.ca/super-eddie-game/ 

Tuesday - Build Your Own pH Indicator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-z92tSoIgw&feature=youtu.be

Subject: Science 

Objective: Learners will understand acids and bases using a home-made pH scale and discover the effects of CO2 in the atmosphere on bodies of water such as the ocean. 

What to expect: A hands-on experiment using simple home ingredients to illustrate the pH scale. 

Materials:

  • Knife and cutting board 
  • ¼ red cabbage 
  • Blender 
  • Kettle 
  • Straw 
  • Strainer, cheesecloth, or tea towel (Careful! They will stain) 
  • Clear glasses or containers 
  • Various solutions (lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda, or cleaning solutions like bleach) 
  • Optional: alka-seltzer tablets, or soda water 

Description:  

The pH scale is what we use to distinguish between acids and bases. Together, we’re going to explore this scale using a simple red cabbage solution as our ‘indicator’.  This experiment should be done with adult supervision. 

Building your indicator 

1. First, we need to chop up our red cabbage. 

2. Blend the chopped cabbage in a blender with a bit of water.

3. Put blended cabbage in a container, cover with boiling water. Let sit for 20 minutes, or until the solution is cool to the touch. 

4. Strain the solution through a strainer or cheesecloth. 

5. Dilute 100ml of your cabbage solution with 500ml of water. 

And there you have it! Your pH indicator is complete. The colour of the cabbage water represents neutral (7) on the pH scale. Now, it’s time to explore the scale 

6. Prepare clear glasses or containers with various solutions: Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Water mixed with baking soda, Bleach (be careful when handling bleach)

7. Pour the cabbage pH indicator into each solution container – watch for the colour to change! 

8. See if you can arrange the containers in order from most ‘basic’ (1) to most acidic (14). 

What happens to water when it absorbs C02 from the atmosphere? 

9. Place a container of water in the fridge (cooler than room temperature) 

10. Pour universal indicator into the water container 

11. Blow bubbles and observe the colour changes! 

We hope you have a lot fun exploring pH and how CO2 in the atmosphere can transfer into bodies of water. Send us your photos of your ‘colourful’ results and we’ll share them! EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca

Wednesday - Senses Make Sense of the Air

        

Subject:  Science

Objective: To begin understanding the air/world around us by simply using our senses. All great scientists start out this way! 

What to expect: An activity that can be done on your own or as a family. This activity can be a discussion, or you can create a simple chart on a piece of paper to write down your observations. Multiple children in a family can make their own observations around their home or in the neighbourhood and then come together to compare their results. You can also try this on multiple days to see if temperature and weather change your answers. If you would like to share your answers with us, please email us at EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca

Materials: You and your senses! If you make a chart, at the very least, you will need a piece of paper and a pencil. We know you are a creative bunch though, so if you want to add colour or use a computer for your chart, GO FOR IT! 

Instructions: 

Discuss what you can’t see! We breathe the air every second of every day but how do we know that it is really there? Use your senses to bring air to life. Have children identify which of the five senses they can use to sense the air around us. 

Can you name all of your 5 senses before you begin? 

Sense of Sight: What do we see that tells us that there is air all around us? Or a question for younger students: What do we see that tells us the wind is blowing? 

Examples: moving tree branches/leaves, long hair blowing around, wind turbines spinning. 

Sense of Hearing: Can you hear the wind blowing? What does it sound like? 

Added questions: Can you hear someone breathing or a pet snoring? Have you ever heard the wind make a whistling sound when it moves around a building or in a tunnel? 

Sense of Touch: What does the air feel like on your skin? 

Added questions: If it is cold, do the hairs on your arm stand up? If you waive your hand back and forth, can you feel the air? If you blow across your fingers do you feel or hear anything? Has the wind ever pushed you forward?  

Sense of Smell: What does the air smell like outside your home vs. Inside your home? Does it smell differently at certain times of the day or during different temperatures? 

Added questions: Sometimes the air has a scent depending on what’s around you. Many scents won’t hurt your lungs but that’s not always the case for people with Asthma. Things like strong perfumes or air fresheners can do more harm than good. Can you think of scents in the air that are okay to breathe? Have you ever smelled the rain? Does the air smell like trees when you walk through a wooded area? Other examples: Flowers, various types of cooking/baking, salt water. 

Sense of Taste: Can you taste the air? Perhaps our sense of taste should be left to the food we eat! 

Note: If you are not able to get outside or there isn’t a tree within view of your home, you can use an open window on a windy day, a pinwheel, fan or even a heating vent to prove that air is all around us. Alternatively you can have a child blow bubbles into a glass of water with a straw (straight from their little pink lungs!).

Your Submissions

We love seeing how home learners are using our resources! Below, Levi and Regan share what they explored using their senses. Great work – thanks for sharing, Levi and Regan!

             

Thursday - Greenhouse Effect Gallop

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Subject: Science, Phys. Ed 

Objective: Learners will discover the fundamentals of the greenhouse effect within Earth’s atmosphere. 

What to expect: An informative and engaging video, followed by an at-home physical activity that uses body heat and blankets to demonstrate the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere. 

Description:  

Here we offer an effective, short and educational video explaining the ‘Greenhouse Effect’. Carbon dioxide is acting like a ‘blanket’ on our planet, trapping in the sun’s rays and increasing the temperature on the surface of the planet. We’ve also got a fun and simple activity for learners to try at home to replicate the greenhouse effect using your own body and some blankets!

Materials required:  

  • Blankets (or: sweaters, sheets, jackets) 
  • Timer 
  • Space to run around (indoors or outdoors) 

 

Instructions:  

1. Watch “Climate Change: Earth’s Giant Tetris” video:

 

2. Start a timer.

3. Try and touch all the doorknobs (on one floor) in the house, or, run as fast as you can between two points outside the house.

4. Write down how long it took.

5. Put on a blanket.

6. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 

7. Put on a 2nd blanket 

8. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 

9. Put on a 3rd blanket  

10. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 

                                

So, what happened?  

As you run around, your body is generating heat. The blankets act to trap in the heat you are generating as you run around the house, just like how our atmosphere traps heat from the sun. Touching all the doorknobs or running between two points as a timed and repeated activity is how we show the sun’s rays heating up the surface of the earth.

Adding blankets is how we show we are adding carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. The more CO2 (the more blankets) the more heat will be trapped by the Earth’s atmosphere, increasing the temperature. Feeling the warmth under the blankets is just like what is happening to the earth with the greenhouse effect and increasing levels of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide.

We hope you liked today’s activity! Questions? Comments? Email EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca

Friday Feature - The Gaia Project

Friday Feature: The Gaia Project

Who are they? Our friends at The Gaia Project are based in New Brunswick. Gaia is a non-profit charitable organization with the mission to empower youth to take action on climate change through education. They work with students of all ages, in both English and French, incorporating inquiry-based education, curriculum links, and local action in each of their projects.

Suggested activity:   Climate Quest Energy Read-a-long Activity

 

We recommend checking out their Climate Quest: Energy Read-a-long activity! Listen as Ainslee reads “Why Should I Save Energy?” by Jen Green. Then, use the activity sheet to crack the code to find a climate action! 

Questions? Comments? Write to us with what you’d like to see here next! EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca

Week 3: Earth Week 🌎

A special week of celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, with activities that promote understanding and loving our home planet.

April 20-24

Monday - Putting Plants to Paper (with Robert Plant!)

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1DMB_IFNfI&t=

Subject: Air Quality, Plants, Building Empathy 

Description: In the video posted above, Kari and Eddie are attempting to settle Robert Plant for bedtime. He sure has a lot to say before he hits the hay! Kari assures Robert Plant that he is appreciated and that there are a lot of other people (like you!) that care about plants and clean air too! See if you can spot Eddie – he’s quick! 

Objective: To build empathy toward the natural world and appreciate what plant life can do for our Earth and air quality.  

 

Follow-up Activity: Putting Plants to Paper

Materials: Plant life of any kind! Paper and something to colour with (markers, pencil crayons, crayons). Optional: A camera to take a photo of your work. 

Objective: To help learners connect with the natural world. 

Description: 

Find a plant growing in your home, yard or close-by in your neighbourhood. Draw a picture of it and share it with us at Clean! Eddie likes to draw pictures of his plants and hang them up nearby to encourage the plants to grow. So cute!  

If you have a backyard, front yard or balcony garden go outside and see what is growing. Spring is an exciting time! You might find little plants starting to pop through old leaves or even flowers starting to bloom.   

Note: If you have house plants be sure to help your parents’ water them when needed (some plants like to be watered each day in the spring, some only once a week). You can be responsible for marking their watering schedule on the calendar. That way they don’t get too little or too much water. We don’t want them to go sailing away! 

 

If you like, you can send us your pictures of your chosen plant and your drawing of that plant (in a picture!) to the address below. We may even share them on our website. 

 

Send your artwork here:  EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca 

Thanks everyone and come back to visit us each week! 

Kari and Eddie 

 

Tuesday - Netukulimk & Your Nature Spot

Theme: Two-eyed seeing, Netukulimk (harmony with nature), Sustainability, Ecosystems 

Subject: Science, Social Studies 

Objective: Learners will be introduced to the Mi’kmaw concept of ‘Netukulimk’, or ‘harmony with nature’, and encouraged to reflect on their own connections with ecosystems around us. 

Materials: 

  • A nature sit-spot: indoors near a window, or outdoors in a space that respects social distancing (at least 6 ft away from others) 
  • Optional: a journal and writing utensil  

Instructions: 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsNVewjgKxI 

Today, we’re sharing with you some resources and activities around the Mi’kmaw concept of Netukulimk. Watch the video above from Elder Albert Marshall to learn more about this important concept. 

Then, check out the video below from our friends at Ocean School, who have shared a beautifully illustrated video, explaining the concept in relation to cod and sustainable fishing practices. Ocean School is also offering fantastic Learn at Home resources every week on their website here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAudXewjJGQ 

Suggested reflection activity: 

For this activity, learners are asked to find their own ‘Nature Spot’. This could be a comfortable chair near a window, a space on a deck or porch, a stair of your front stoop, or near a tree in a yard or garden.  

Once you have found your spot, take a few deep breaths here.  

After a few moments, begin to explore the area with your senses. What do you notice around you? Close your eyes – what do you hear or notice differently when focusing on sounds? What does the air smell like? 

Using a journal or sketchpad, reflect on the questions below: 

1. Find one animal or plant that you can see. What else is it connected to in its environment?  Think about: 

  • What does it eat? What eats it? 
  • Where does it live? What else lives there? 
  • Does it look different in different stages of its life cycle? 
  • How does it hunt, or gather food? 

2.What do you see that was made by humans? What is not human-made? How do the two interact?

3. What are ways that you interact with the natural world on a daily basis? Think about the food you eat, the energy you use, or the air you breathe. 

 

Other Interesting Links: 

Learn more about Netukulimk and the Mi’kmaw Conservation Group: https://mikmawconservation.ca/mission-netukulimk

Eco-ocean game: Online fishing simulation game where participants are challenged against others to fish sustainably, not taking more than they need, and more than the ocean’s creatures can replenish.  https://www.ecoocean.de/the-game/ 

Wednesday - Earth Day 🌎 Counting on Nature

 

Subject: Mathematics 

Objective: To put an environmental lens on any mathematical problem to keep environmental awareness alive and well, even during math homework! 

What to Expect: Simple math sentences that connect to the environment. 

Materials: 

Paper 

Pencil 

Description: 

First, check out Kari’s fun video where she demonstrates math sentences with Big Foot! Have your learner draw pictures of the items they are adding or subtracting. Then write a math sentence to solve each one. Choose any amount of math equations that interest your learner. You can also just read and solve them out loud. Keep it light and fun! 

Click HERE to download: Counting on Nature – Clean EnviroEd Math Problem Sheet

We hope you enjoy doing these at home. We’d love to see photos of what your math-solvers come up with! Send them to EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca

Thursday - Photosynthesis: Live 🌱 (with experiment demo!)

SubjectScience 

Objective: Learners will observe the process of photosynthesis using specialized sensors, and have the opportunity to connect with photosynthesis at home through some plant-based activities. 

Description: 

Check out this video where we explore the relationship between the sun, plants, carbon dioxide and oxygen. We take a deeper ‘look’ at ‘live’ photosynthesis of a kale plant using a specialized instrument called a ‘Pasco’ CO2 sensor, and the SparkVue app.  

A Pasco sensor measures the amount of CO2 in the air around it. 

Using the SparkVue app connected to the Paso CO2 sensor, we can track the amount of CO2 in a graph over time. Tracking over time helps us see a trend in the amount of CO2 in the air when the kale plant is placed in two different conditions

1) in sunlight

2) in the dark

What do you think will happen?

 

Suggested at-home activity 

Materials:

  • a plant  or tree with leaves
  • some cardboard, or, masking tape

Instructions:

Find a plant in your home with leaves, With permission from the plant’s caretaker, select 2 leaves to be in your experiment.

Cover one of the leaves. You can tape a section of it with masking tape, or cover both sides with cardboard and tape it together. Leave the other leaf uncovered. We will use this leave as a comparison.

Wait about 5 days to 1 week, then uncover the leaf. What happened? How is the covered leaf different than the other?

The cardboard or masking tape stopped sunlight from reaching the leaf. Without sunlight, that leaf could not perform photosynthesis.

Click here to download a simple ‘labelling photosynthesis’ worksheet. 

At-home activity adapted from: Eco Fun: Great Projects, Experiments, and Games for a Greener Earth by David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden

Additional resources: 

Friday Feature - Maritimes Backyard BioBlitz

Subject: Science, Biodiversity, Technology, Environmental Action

In this video we explore the three main features that make up biodiversity, and explain how it reflects the strength and resilience of a system. We also look at an app called iNaturalist and get out and measure biodiversity in our yard, garden or jungle nook. 

Once we’re comfortable with the application, we’ll join the City Nature Challenge 2020: Halifax Regional Municipality, but you can take part in the BioBlitz from anywhere in Nova Scotia, other parts of Canada, or anywhere in the WORLD!

The BioBlitz challenge and all contribute to the community database and be citizen scientists.  

Some of you have already submitted photos to our BioBlitz Bingo Contest!

    

 

Materials required:
• iNaturalist app (available on Android Play Store or the iOS App store)
• Phone or tablet (must have working camera, GPS and access to the internet)

How to Use the iNaturalist App

Watch the video “How To Use the iNaturalist App” here

1. Find the iNaturalist app, in the Play store or App store (inaturalist.org)

2. Login: Google account or Facebook account (talk to a grown up if you aren’t sure
which to use. You can use your Google Classroom account)

3. In the search field type: “EnviroEd – Bioblitz practice” select “join”

4. In the search field type: “City Nature Challenge 2020: Halifax Regional Municipality” *
(In case you live outside the HRM, replace the last part with your municipality name)
select “join”

5. To add an observation, press on the plus sign at the bottom of the “My Observation”
screen (Homescreen).

6. Use the “EnviroEd -Bioblitz practice” project to get comfortable making observations

7. Go out and record sounds, take pictures and make observations, fill out the
observation sheet as much as possible, don’t forget to pick the project at the bottom
of the form.

8. Repeat steps 5 as often as you’d like, the more observations you contribute the better
it is for the community.

Going further:
Do you want to collect observations with your friends? Family? Neighbours?

If you go to the inaturalist.org website, you can create your own project and invite whomever
you’d like to participate. It’s a great way to catalog and compare your surroundings with your
socially distant circles, have fun, learn and discover with your friends.

After you’ve participated in the City Nature Challenge, you can keep using the iNaturalist app
as a pocket encyclopedia and discover new plants, animals, insects or any living creature on
the planet! 

Additional Resources:

Biodiversity video from Planet Earth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Ua_zWDH6U

iNaturalist website: https://www.inaturalist.org/

City Nature Challenge Website: https://citynaturechallenge.org/

Week 4: Water Cycle Week 💧 

Water you going to be doing this week? We’ll be taking you on a journey through the water cycle, and dig in to how we can conserve water from our homes.

Starting April 27th, activities released every weekday.  

Monday - Eddie's Dripless Road Tour CD

Description: Mini activities and a humorous exploration of water, the critters that rely on it, and why we need to keep it clean. 

What to Expect: Meet the “Dripless Road Tour” characters and try out their mini- activities to start. Once you get to know them, take a listen to their music and conversations about water here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv3C884c7-o&t= 

The album is around 20 minutes long but you can always skip ahead to your favourites. 

Introduction: 

A few years ago, Eddie and Kari met some new friends while travelling around Nova Scotia.  Together, they started talking about how important water is and why we need to keep it clean.  They made some music together and learned a lot at the same time. You can listen to the music and meet their friends below.  

Wayne Dwop (Fresh from the tap and ready to rap!) 

Wayne Dwop sounds a lot like Rain Drop, doesn’t it? That is because Wayne is water and he does not like to be wasted.  

Mini Activity: Can you think of one way people waste water at home?  

 

Sally the Salmon (Watch out for her wet kisses!) 

Sally is a fun-loving fish that likes bubbles in her dish! Bubbles in the water allow her to breathe. When water rushes over big rocks and fallen trees, that creates bubbles.  

Mini Activity: Try moving your hand quickly through water next time you have a bath or when are doing the dishes in the sink. Do you see bubbles?

 

Sagar Jha (No photo available but just imagine one of the nicest, coolest people you could ever meet) 

Also known as Sugar Jaw, Sagar stops by to rap a really cool song about water. I bet you could rap along with him once you catch on to the song! Or, just get up and dance! 

Mini Activity – Dance to his rap song on track 11! 

Eddie the Cat and Kari (Best buds!) 

You know Eddie but have you ever seen a cat in a wet suit and flippers? He wants to stay dry while talking to Wayne Dwop and Sally the Salmon. Sounds like a cat to me! Cat’s do not like getting wet, but they still need to drink water like the rest of us.  

Mini Activity: Can you name three drinks or foods that have water in them? 

If you would like to share your answers with us at Clean you can send them here: enviroed@clean.ns.ca. We may even write you back! 

Tuesday - Exploring the Water Cycle with EdPuzzle

Click the image above to participate in the EdPuzzle.

Subject: Science 

What to expect: Did you know that the water you’re drinking is older than you? Today, we’re going to watch a video on the water cycle. The video was originally uploaded by Crash Course Kids on YouTube, we’ve taken it and added prompts, questions, and notes using Edpuzzle. At the end of the video we’ll also do a short activity in our kitchen observing a mini version of the water cycle. 

Click here for full instructions on how to build a mini water cycle in your kitchen! 

Wednesday - Water Conservation with Wayne Dwop

 

Theme: Water cycle, Water conservation at home

 

What to expect: A read-along (or, listen-along) story with photos from Kari and her friend Eddie the Cat and special guest Wayne Dwop! Together they learn about the Water Cycle and how to take care of water from our own homes.

 

Wayne Dwop and The Water Cycle

  

Dear friends,  

 

Eddie and I were thinking about this thing called the WATER CYCLE the other day and it brought up some good questions. Asking questions is how we learn in school and at home, so I hope you are asking questions too!  

  

Eddie wanted to know how water could ride a bike. “Oh Eddie”, I said, “the water cycle has nothing to do with bicycles but maybe the wheel of a bike can help you understand what it is.”   

  

 He looked interested through his goggles, so I continued on. 

 

 “A bike wheel goes round and round, there is no end and no beginning of a proper circle. Not like the ones I try to draw free hand where the ends don’t always meet up! Water goes round and round too, becoming clouds, rain, puddles and then clouds again!”  

 

Eddie still needed some help understanding the water cycle, so we found this really cool video that put my words about the water cycle into art and music. I don’t know about you, but it really helps me to learn new things when I can see them, so check out the video below and then read on!  

 

 The Bazillions “Water Cycle”

 

Pretty cool, right? We learned some big words too!

 

Just as we were talking about water, we got a visit from our old friend Wayne Dwop! He showed up while I was brushing my teeth! “Hi Wayne!” Eddie promptly put on his black wet suit to stay dry. Cats! 

 

 

 

Wayne Dwop does not like being wasted. In fact, he stayed with us for quite some time making sure we were not wasting water. We need to conserve, which is another way of saying: USE LESS! 

 

 

Wayne Dwop kept his eye on me while I was brushing my teeth. Brushing on, taps off! 

 

 

He reminded me to take shorter showers too…He also reminded Eddie to only flush the toilet when you need to, not just for the fun of it! “Ah hem, did you hear that Eddie? That is good clean water in there!” 

 

Eddie will now go back to playing with proper cat toys!

 

“What’s the big deal?” meowed Eddie, “There seems to be lots of Wayne Dwop coming out of our taps all the time. Why do we need to conserve?” 

 

“Oh, good use of the word ‘conserve’ Eddie! It may seem like water is always available in Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada but there isn’t much drinking water on the Earth for the billions of people and critters that need it.  Sure, there’s oceans out there but that’s salt water. We can’t drink that, so we need to protect the small amount of clean water we have by only using what we need. Conserve; use less!” 

 

 

Wayne also reminded us that water is everywhere and doesn’t always look like him. It can be frozen into ice or it can be very tiny, rising up in the air, and we call that ‘water vapor’. 

 

 “Yikes”, said Eddie, “I didn’t know there was going to be snakes in the air!”

 

 “No, no, Eddie not a viper” I assured him, “We are talking about ‘vapor’. Two great words that start with the letter ‘V’ though, well done! And by the way, snakes need water too!”  Yessssss, pleasssssssse.

 

 

 

You can see the water vapor coming out of the pot of boiling water on the stove. It is going up and will eventually become a cloud, and then become rain, and then it will be a part of a lake or an ocean, and then it will rise-up again as water vapor, and become a cloud… whoa, I’m getting dizzy!   

 

Eddie was catching on. He understood that water moves in a circle kind of like a wheel on a bike. He knows that water can be hot steam, a cool mist, and ice too! And he knows that we need to conserve water so that everyone can enjoy the best drink in town! 

 

“The water cycle is my new favourite kind of circle” said Eddie.

 

Thanks for the visit Wayne Dwop. Now I need to mop!

 

Hope you enjoyed reading or listening along today!  You can learn more about water conservation in your home here: https://www.halifaxwater.ca/water-savings-tips

 

Thursday - What is a Watershed?

Theme: Science, Watersheds, Pollution sources, Human impact on the environment

What to expect: Did you know that the area you live in is part of a watershed? Today, we’re going to take a look at a scaled down ‘model’ of a watershed, to help us see how water all around us is connected. We’ll also examine different kinds of pollution, and watch how it enter of the bodies of water where we live, which can affect the health of the watershed and its inhabitants. 

Suggested Activity:

After watching the video above, we know more about how important precipitation is in a watershed, it’s time to take action at home!

How do we know how much water falls in an area? Turns out that lots of scientists and meteorologists turn to helpful ‘citizen scientists’ who track this at home! 

One organization that is doing this is the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network – or CoCoRaHS for short!

Check out this great animated video which tells the story of how and why we started tracking precipitation. It all started one VERY rain day…

So, how can you track rain in your own watershed? Time to build your very own rain gauge! 

Click here to download activity instructions.

We’d love to see your measurements. Try tracking precipitation in your yard for 1 week and send us your results to EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca.

More resources:

“Watersheds!” From CoCoRaHS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pwW2rlGIa8

“We All Live in a Watershed” From Battle River Watershed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOrVotzBNto

Friday Feature - Mi'kmaw Conservation Group Education Corner

Friday Feature: The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group – Education Corner

Who are they? The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group is a part of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’maq.  Their mission is to promote and restore the concept of Netukulimk in the Bay of Fundy Watershed. Netukulimk is a way of life; the Mi’kmaw took only what was needed and wasted nothing. 

The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group Education Corner has lots of online and offline activities for learners at home, including colouring pages, species and track identification, interactive games, and more. Many of these activities are offered in English and Mi’kmaq.

Suggested activity:   Learning About the Riparian Zone (P-6)

 

We recommend checking out their ‘Exploring the Riparian Zone’ interactive activity! Learners will discover different parts of this important ecosystem by clicking around the image. Can you find the salmon?

After, download the colouring book to learn more about the salmon and other endangered species. 

Week 5: Waste (Less) Week ♻️  

This week we’ll sing along on one of Eddie’s Litterless Road Tours, turn plants into paper (and back again!), take part in the 3 R’s Olympics, and make an up-cycling project!

Starting May 4th, activities released every weekday.  

Monday - Eddie's Litterless Road Tour Sing-a-long

 

Description: Eddie and Kari talk about litter and waste reduction and sing the songs that have been performed in classrooms all-across Nova Scotia to the delight of young learners and teachers. A special funny, furry guest just might come by for a chat! 

 Subject: Music, writing/literacy, community, health

Objective: Learners practice rhyming, learn about empathy and can sing (and move along!) to Eddie’s songs. Then, consider what rules you might create to help your classroom or household be waste warriors!

 

Suggested Activity:

Listen to Eddie’s original waste-less recording where learners are reminded about the importance of living litter-free and creating less waste. Then, think about this…

Does your classroom or even your school have rules against littering? If they don’t, try to make up a set of rules that your classmates could follow. 

What about your home? Are there rules your family want to create to reduce, re-use, and recycle together? You can write them together and place them somewhere that everyone can see. 

Eddie’s first rule is to REDUCE YOUR WASTE IN THE FISRT PLACE! That means coming to school with food that is not in wrappers and throw-away packaging. Eddie says you can use this rule if you would like to! What would this rule look like at home?

Every province and municipality have laws surrounding littering. Older learners can research those laws and answer some questions: What are the laws? Are there fines? How much are the fines? 

You can send your answers or pictures of your rules and laws to EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca. We may even write you back! 

 

Tuesday - Make a Seed Bomb

 

Theme: Science 

Have you ever wanted to brighten up an area outside? Maybe you want to surprise somebody for for Mother’s Day? Today, we’re going to make a sneaky bright explosion of colors using wildflower seeds and scrap paper. We’ll prepare a seed bomb that will brighten an area in just under a week! After all, April showers…. brings May flowers 🌼

 

Materials required: 

  • Large bowl (or any receptacle) 
  • Water (1/2 cup) 
  • Paper (from newspaper, flyers or other scrap) 
  • Blender  
  • Spatula 
  • Wildflower seeds (try to ensure they are local species – ask your garden store)
  • Screen (from a window) 
  • Cutting board (something flat to lay on top of drying seedbomb) 
  • Cast iron pan (something heavy) 
  • Hair dryer (optional, dries faster) 

Instructions:  

1. Tear up your paper into small bits 

2. Put half a cup of water in the blender with torn paper 

3. Blend into paste 

4. Place screen on bowl 

5. Sprinkle seeds onto screen 

6. Get a grown up to scoop some of the paper paste into your hands 

7. Squeeze out as much moisture as you can 

8. Place it on the seeds on the screen 

9. Shape and flatten 

Optional: run hair dryer to accelerate the drying process 

10. Place something heavy on your seed and paper mixture. (We used a cutting board and cast-iron pan!). Then leave to dry.

 

There you have it! An easy home-made seed bomb packed with wildflower seeds.

How to plant: 

When you decide where you want your explosion of bright to happen and wildflowers to grow, place your seed bomb onto some soil, and water until it is damp to the touch.

The next few days, you should ensure your seed bomb remains moist. The seeds are germinating inside the moist paper and soon after they will root and spread into the soil. Not before long, you’ll have a wonderful burst of wildflower colour!

How did your seed bomb turn out? We’d love to see your photos! Send them to EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca.

 

Wednesday - 3 R's Olympics - Going for Gold

Theme: Waste management, sustainability

What to expect: A fun and easy craft to get learners thinking about the 3 “R”s – Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle. You can use the medals around your home as a way to encourage environmentally friendly actions.   

Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or a glue-gun
  • A cup
  • Coloured markers (yellow, and copper/bronze/brown)
  • Thick paper, cardboard, or the back of a cereal box – use what you have!
  • Ribbon, string, or twine

Instructions:

1. Cut out 3 circles on your cardboard or cereal box. You can use a circle shape to help you trace, like an upside-down cup.

2. Colour 1 circle yellow, and another  brown or bronze. You could also use coloured paper in the shape of a circle and glue it on to the cardboard.

For the silver medal, you can cut a piece of tinfoil and wrap it around the medal for a shiny ‘silver’ look!

3. Glue the ribbon to the back of the medal. Be careful if you’re using a hot glue gun!

4. Write your ‘R’ word on the medal. Remember, ‘Reduce’ is the most important of the ‘R’ words, so it will be on the gold medal. Then, ‘Re-use’ is silver. Finally, ‘Recycle’ goes on the bronze medal.

         

When you are done making your medals, think of ways you can use them around your home. Maybe you will decide to hang them to remind everyone to practice the 3 “R”s, or maybe you will hand them out when you see somebody doing one of the 3 “R”s each day. 

Hey look! Eddie got a gold medal for ‘Reducing’!  

How are you using your 3 R’s medals around the house? We’d love to see! Send us a photo to EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca.

Additional resources:

The importance of the 3 R’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJr2z8g1dOI

Thursday - Upcycling! Making a Greenhouse

  

 

 Theme: Science 

What to expect: Today, we ‘dig in’ to the idea of ‘upcycling’ – taking materials that might otherwise have been thrown away to make something new and useful! Follow along with Raoul in a step-by-step video that explains how to build a simple greenhouse using materials found around the house. Ready to kick start your summer veggie garden?

Divert Nhas created an excellent resource here on How to Build an Egg Carton Garden

And did you know it is International Composting Week? Check out these free WasteLess Gardening Webinars from Halifax Solid Waste.

Additional resources 

What is seed germination? Video from AumSum

Reduce through Upcycling Challenge from Divert NS

 

Friday Feature - Divert NS

Friday Feature: Divert NS

Who are they? Divert NS works with Nova Scotians to improve the province’s environment, economy, and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling, and recovering resources. 

Their educational efforts are province-wide, spanning from social media campaigns, in-school curriculum materials, industry-specific summits, to face-to-face communication in community settings.

Check out their impressive Education page, including curriculum-based lesson plans, school waste audits, activity packs, and annual scholarship competitions for youth.

Suggested activity: Single-Use Plastic: From Producer to Pro-Reducer!

“In this activity. learners explore “silly” and “smart” ways to package our everyday items. They have the opportunity to learn about how the Mi’kmaq traditionally transported and stored various foods and everyday items. Students explore the concept of a plastic-free grocery store; think about alternatives to single-use plastic; and make a pledge to refuse plastic.

 

“Silly packaging” from www.instagram.com/pointless_packaging

  

Mi’kmaw baskets: photos from Nova Scotia Museum – Ethnology Collection.  Text adapted from Pa’skite’kemk (Mi’kmaw Basketry) 2007 Mi’kmaq History Month Poster. Eastern Woodland Print Communications, Millbrook, NS Mi’kmaq History Month posters: www.mikmaqhistorymonth.ca

The Tare Shop: Photos used with permission from The Tare Shop www.instagram.com/thetareshop

Above images from: Divert NS Grade 6 Learning Experience: Single-Use PLastic: From Producer to Pro-Reducer https://divertns.ca/assets/curriculum/GR-6-Single-Use-Plastic.pdf

Week 6: Renewable Energy WeekWindmill Emoji Icon of Line style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS, AI ...

What is renewable energy and where does it come from? We’ll explore that this week with activities and videos that highlight the importance of renewable energy for a clean future!

Starting May 11th, activities released every weekday.  

Monday - A Windy Workout

Subject: Renewable Energy, Air Quality, Environment, Health, Physical Fitness 

Description: While Kari is working out at the gym, she gets a surprise visit from Windy Wendy the Wind Turbine. She’s there to stay fit and become one of the strongest sources of energy.

Uh Oh, it looks like fossil fuels have also been to the same gym!   

 

Try answering these 5 True or False Questions after watching the video! 

 

True or False? 

1. Windy Wendy uses the flow of water to make energy. 

2. Fossil Fuels are the same thing as non-renewables. 

 3. Windy Wendy has two good friends, Solar Panel Sam and Hydro Power Henry. 

 4. Burning Fossil Fuels is good for our air. 

 5. Eddie likes cupcakes. 

 

Click here for the answers!

Tuesday - Build A Waterwheel

Theme: Physics, Science, Energy, History

What to expect: Learners get an introduction to the concept and history of hydropower – an important renewable resource. Then, they can build their own ‘waterwheel’ to see how this kinetic energy machine works!

The following text is adapted from Teach Engineering’s Activity: Waterwheel Work

Today we are going to talk about hydropower. Hydropower is a renewable energy resource. Hydro means water, so hydropower is something that gets power from water. Hydropower captures energy from the movement of water or water’s kinetic energy. 

What is a waterwheel?  

A waterwheel is an example of how people have created a machine that uses and produces hydropower. A waterwheel is also called a turbine. 

How do they work?  

The waterwheel is one of the oldest known sources of power. A waterwheel spins as a stream of water (which is being pulled down by gravity) hits its paddles or blades. The first reference to its use is about 4000 BC. More than 2,000 years ago, farmers used waterwheels to grind wheat into flour. Waterwheels use the kinetic energy of moving water to perform many types of mechanical work. Waterwheels were used to power farm equipment, drive pumps, trip hammers, saw timber, grind grains into flour, forge iron, and power textile mills. Often, towns were built close to a river so waterwheels could be built nearby.

Copyright © 2010 Jean Parks, ITL Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Three types of waterwheels are the horizontal waterwheel, overshot vertical waterwheel, and undershot vertical waterwheel. In the horizontal waterwheel, water flows from an aqueduct or pipe from the side of the wheel and onto the wheel. The forward motion of the water turns the wheel. In the overshot vertical waterwheel, water drops down from a water source above onto the wheel, turning it. Undershot vertical waterwheels are large vertical waterwheels placed in a stream such that the wheel is turned by the moving water. 

 

How do we use this technology today? 

Today, engineers around the world develop hydroelectric plants to meet growing energy demand. The waterwheel concept is used in dams to generate electricity. Dams are some of the largest human-made structures on Earth. The same concepts that are employed in a waterwheel are used in these gigantic hydroelectric power plants.

A waterwheel is a simple turbine—a device with buckets, paddles or blades that is rotated by moving water, converting the kinetic energy of water into mechanical movement. Hydroelectric power plants use huge and more complex turbines to generate electricity. 

Using hydroelectric power plants can reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to generate electricity. The biggest advantages of using hydropower for electricity are that it is a renewable resource and it does not give off air pollution during operation. Engineers design (and redesign existing) dams to be friendlier for fish and wildlife, and to work better at making electricity. 

 Ready to build your own waterwheel?

Click here to head over to Tech Engineering for the full activity description!

Source : https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/cub_energy2_lesson08_activity2 

Wednesday - SuperNOVA Solar Powered Desalinator

Feature: SuperNOVA at Dal

Who are they? SuperNOVA is a not-for-profit initiative of Dalhousie University that promotes science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) to youth in Atlantic Canada.

Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, SuperNOVA offers engaging and innovative workshops, summer camps, clubs, and community events throughout Atlantic Canada that provide youth with rewarding experiences in STEM and nurture a life-long love of exploration, creativity, and academic achievement. 

SuperNOVA has been putting out great activities this Spring – check them out here!

 

Suggested Activity:  Solar Powered Desalinator

In this activity, learners build a simple ‘desalinator’ that uses solar power! This is also a great way to observe the process of evaporation and condensation, and reflect on the importance of fresh water for all humans.

Click here for the full activity description!

Additional Resources:

The Power of Sunlight! Science Project for Kids from SciShow Kids on YouTube  

 

Thursday - Renewable Energy: A bright future for all

 

 

 

 Theme: Science, technology 

What do you know about renewable energy? Today, we’re going to learn about four different renewable energies. We’ll look at the similarities and the differences, and how each of them work. After you’ve watched the video, click on the link below for the reflection questions and instructions on how to make your own wind turbine. 

Windmill Emoji Icon of Line style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS, AI ... Click here for instructions on how to build your own turbine at home.

 

Windmill Emoji Icon of Line style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS, AI ... Click here for a reflection question worksheet.

  

Friday - 'Power Up' to 'Save The World'!

 

Today we are featuring two great online games that both teach about renewable energy. Younger learners will have fun ‘powering up’ homes in a simple game showing optimum conditions for both solar and wind energy. Older learners can try to ‘save the world’ by understanding how renewable energy sources work, and placing them accordingly.

Power Up!

Cilck here to play!

Capture clean energy from the wind and the Sun to produce enough electricity to run the town. Move your wind turbine up and down to keep it in the strongest, fastest winds. Keep your solar panels in the bright sunlight and out of the rain. See if you can light up the whole town. Win the clean energy Platinum Award!

Save The World

Click here to play!

The world’s energy supplies are in crisis, and it’s up to you to save the world! This game will teach you all about different power sources, alternative energy, and how we generate electricity to power our lives.

Week 7: Foundations of Food🍽️

A week all about food? Yum! Join us for tips on packing low-waste snacks, examining our food footprints, getting into the kitchen with Bigfoot, and celebrating local growers in Nova Scotia. 

Starting May 18th, activities released every weekday.  

Monday - Waste Free Lunches with Eddie

Welcome to food week!

Food is one of Eddie’s favourite topics because it is often food at school or on the go that creates so much waste. Wrappers, straws, cups, plastic packaging – some of it goes into the garbage but a lot of it ends up out in nature. 

Food itself can also be wasted. We take too much, or we buy it and just let it rot in our refrigerators… what can we do? 

 

Let’s start by packing a lunch that has no waste. 

 

  • A plastic or metal sandwich container is a great thing to have around the home because you can put so much more than just sandwiches in it! Nachos, rice wraps, sushi, hummus and pita, pancakes, cheese… you name it! 
  • A smaller container for snack items is also great for crackers, fruit or even yogurt. 
  • Don’t forget your water bottle! You don’t need to drink sugary juice boxes at lunch that wear away at your teeth. Your body needs water and it can be easily filled up at school when you need it. 
  • A small thermos is also handy if you like to keep things warm for lunch. 
  • Bring a metal spoon with you – something you don’t mind if it gets lost. We have a few mismatched spoons here at home that we got at a second-hand store. Hey, that’s double re-using! Woo hoo!  
  • A cloth napkin is also handy if you are filling your thermos with saucy spaghetti! Just pop it in the laundry when you get home. 

 

All these items can be taken home to be washed and used again and again and again and again! 

 

As for food waste – only take what you think you will eat. If a full sandwich is too much, try taking a half sandwich and some snacks. If you don’t finish the snacks, you can easily eat them after school when your belly might be rumbling again! 

 

Check out what Windy Wendy and Robert Plant had for lunch. Can you guess what they might eat up today? 

    

 

 

Activity: Draw a lunch for Eddie! 

Description: Draw Eddie a lunch that is packed with reusable containers. You can look at what you have at home to get some ideas or design you own perfect lunch. Feel free to draw Eddie too! Eddie is always looking for ideas on what to bring to school or on a picnic…can you make some delicious suggestions? 

Materials: paper, markers, pencil crayons or crayons 

Subject: Art, Literacy 

Send your drawings to Eddie at enviroed@clean.ns.ca and he will put the first 3 entries on our website to inspire others! 

 

Here are some food jokes to brighten your day. If you have a good one, send it to us with your drawing! 

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Why did the banana go to the doctor? Because he wasn’t peeling well. 

 

Why can you never tell a secret on a farm? Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears. 

 

Why was the cucumber mad? Because he was in a pickle. 

 

Why did the orange stop in the middle of the road? Because she ran out of juice. 

 

What do you get when you put a bunch of ducks in a box? A box of quackers. 

 

How do you feel when you eat peas fresh from the garden? Hap-pea! 

 

What did the taco say on the phone? What do you want to taco ‘bout? 

 

Tuesday - What's a Foodprint?

Theme: Science, nutrition 

Do you know what your carbon “food print” is? Like your “carbon footprint”, it has to do with choices: in this case the choices we make with regards to food waste, transportation, production.

Today, we’re going to take a look at how our choices in the grocery store, market and restaurant affects the world around us.  

First, check out these videos below, which explain the concept of a foodprint and dive into the complex food systems on our planet!

  

  

 

 

 

 

Activity : Make your own re-usable bag!

The find folks at FoodPrint have lots of ideas on how to live sustainably and cut down on our foodprints. Check out this resource on making your own re-usable bags, bowl covers, and snack bags! 

 

Wednesday - Baking with Big Foot

 

 

Description: Listen and read along to “Baking with Big Foot”. Characters include Kari (K) and Big Foot (BF). When you are done listening, give this recipe a try!

 Subject: Reading/literacy, Healthy Living 

 

K: Hello and welcome to Baking with Big Foot. Big Foot is going to share with us one of his favourite recipes for a waste-free snack that can be eaten on the go, or right at home. And I’m totally terrified to taste it.  What do you have for us Big Foot?   

BF: Energy Boulders.   

K: Great. That’s great! Wait, you mean energy balls?  

BF: No, boulders, I’m hungry. Here’s what you’re going to need… 

 

K: Oh, Big Foot is handing me the recipe… it says:  

  • ½ cup coconut 
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds 
  • 1/3 cup of a nut butter – we can use sunflower seed butter today 
  • 3 tbsp ground flax – you can throw in wheat germ or wheat bran if you don’t have flax to grind up. 
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup 
  • ½ tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp chia seeds 
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or dried berries/raisons 
  • A bowl 
  • A log 

 

K: A log?  

BF: To stir it with.  

K: We have something called a spoon that might work better.  

BF: What? Why doesn’t anyone tell me about these things. Do you know how hard it is to stir things with a log?   

 

K: How do you not know about a spoon? You are 333 years old and I’m only 19. 

BF: Well I know you’re not 19! Now, put all ingredients into a bowl. 

K: Oh fine. I’m pouring all the measured ingredients into a bowl.  

BF: Now stir everything with this wooden spoon, which is just a baby log, I guess. 

K: Ok, stirring – oooo this takes some muscle.   

BF: You’re not making a bag of feathers Kari, it’s a boulder! 

K: Alright, alright I got it. Now what? 

BF: Roll it into a boulder shape, obviously. 

K: Ugh that bag of feathers is sounding pretty good right now.  

BF: Ok stop, it’s a boulder. Now… put it in a snowbank for one annoyingly long hour. 

Ki:  Uh, we have a fridge that can cool it and harden it right here in the house. 

BF: You have a big box of snow in the house?  

K: Um, kind of yes, it’s that big silver box over there.  

BF: I thought that was a time machine.   

K: Let’s put our, um, boulder on a tray and in the fridge for an hour.  

 

BF: If we had a time machine, we could speed this up you know. Hungrrrrrrrry! 

 

K: While we wait, let’s just think about how great it is that we are making something in our own kitchen. We know exactly what we will be eating and when we are done eating it, there won’t be any wrappers to throw away.  I think that deserves a gold medal for reducing. Eddie would be proud. Less waste, less litter!  

 

One annoyingly long hour later 

 

K: Ah, time to take our creation out of the fridge. Here you go Big Foot! 

 

BF: What are all these little pebbles?   

K: I took the liberty of breaking up the boulder when you weren’t looking, so that we had more snacks to enjoy for several days instead of all at once.  

 

BF: I think I’m going to need a smaller mouth.   

K: Hey everyone out there, there are plenty of energy boulder, I mean ‘ball’ recipes out there on the internet or maybe in a cookbook on your shelf. Choose one you like best and have fun making it and eating it!  Feel good about your waste-free snack and let your friends know all about Big Foot’s recipe. 

K: Hey Big Foot, Can Eddie have one of these?  

BF: Yeah, he can have one that is already in my mouth. Come get it kitty.  

K: Never mind, never mind! Thanks for joining us for:  Baking with Big Foot!  

 Keep your energy boulders in the fridge in an air-tight container. And don’t forget to share!  

Thursday - Finding Local Food in Nova Scotia

Theme: Science, nutrition 

What’s your favourite food? Maybe it’s a delicious, steaming lasagna, or perhaps you love a heaping, healthy, bowl of greens? Or maybe you’d rather a yummy hot dog with a sweet apple pie for dessert?

Whatever your favourite – chances are you can source much of it from right here in Nova Scotia!

And by buying local, we support families and small businesses that are a part of our communities.

Do you know about what fantastic foods are available to you locally? Today, we’re going to look at some of the different ways we can support the local economy and reduce our carbon footprint by shifting the way we live and the daily choices we make. 

Food and Climate Change

On Tuesday this week, we learned a bit about ‘food prints’, and how our choices in the grocery store, market and restaurant affects the world around us. Here’s a great short re-cap: What you eat has a climate impact! From ‘The Queen of Green’ at the David Suzuki Foundation

But, we bet you’re wondering – what’s MY footprint?! Luckily, there are lots of great resources out there to help you understand your own personal climate impacts. By knowing our own impacts, we can make better choices and support sustainable systems in our communities, and country!

Ready to find out? Click on this link to do your own carbon footprint quiz!

Source Local Scavenger Hunt

Now that you know about the importance of eating local food to reduce our carbon footprint… it’s time to get hungry!

Right now there are many producers in Nova Scotia who are offering safe delivery and pickup of delicious, locally grown food.  Can you find the following 5 items from local producers?

 

Here are some resources to help you out:

1. EAC’s Local Food Guide – Full list of farmers, markets, and CSA’s (community supported agriculture) in Nova Scotia

2. HRM Food Delivery and Pick Up – Includes easy-to-find categories of food items available in HRM

Send your answers to EnviroEd@clean.ns.ca … we’d love to see what’s on your plate!

Going further:

1. So, now that you know a bit about food footprints and how important it is to source and support local – let’s reflect! Cick here to find our Carbon Foodprint reflection questions to help you take action to lower your carbon footprint…and foodprint!

2. Have you ever seen a food labelled ‘Organic’? What about ‘Fairtrade’? These are called ‘Eco Labels’, and there are over 100 different labels in Canada alone! Each label means something different about the producer or the product. Take a peek at this huge list of eco labels in Canada. Which ones have you seen before?

 

 

Friday Feature - Nourish NS

 

Friday Feature: Nourish NS

Who are they? Nourish NS was established in 2012, to help students be healthy learners so they can reach their potential in the classroom and in life.

They equip students with knowledge and food literacy skills so they can better understand what nourishment means to the body, what local farmers mean to the economy and how to connect the dots between the garden and table. By teaching kids to eat real food early on they will be great eaters throughout life… good food = good thinking!

Check out their fantastic recipe page featuring tons of local ingredients available in Nova Scotia.

Suggested activity: Nourish Food and Film Challenge

What we eat affects the environment, and the environment affects what we eat. Youth across Nova Scotia care about climate change and food plays a big part.

Tell a story about what interests you on this topic. What makes you mad, sad, happy or glad? Maybe your film is a call to action for you, your family, your community, province, country or planet.

Films must be:

  • Made by school-aged kids
  • 3 minutes max
  • Related to the theme
  • Creative and fun!

Click here for more information and to sign up to participate!

Week 8: Climate Change 🌀    

This week we look at the important issue of Climate Change – from explaining it in simple terms to little learners, to discovering how to take action and be the superheroes our planet needs. 

Starting May 25th, activities released every weekday.  

Monday - Weather Time Capsule

Welcome to Climate Change week! We thought we should begin by explaining what climate change is because we hear it on the radio and television every day. And that’s not always been the case, so you know that times are changing! 

Below are two links that can help you understand what climate change is, and how your actions on Earth can play a part – you can make things better or you can make things worse. We hope you will choose ‘better’!  

Later this week (Wed May 27), Eddie and Kari will talk to someone who can really give us an idea about changes, we can’t wait for you to meet her! 

1. Start by reading about Climate Change here. (if you are comfortable reading and exploring, this site is for you. Alternatively, you can have a parent or more experienced reader help you.) 

2. Here is a great video, ‘Climate Change according to a kid’! Watch or listen learn about Climate Change (This video was made a few years ago so the information at the end about the meeting in Paris has already happened!) 

3. Now that you know a bit about the problem, here are some tips from the National Geographic on what you can do to help our changing climate: 

 

Activity: Build a Weather Time Capsule 

Materials: 

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • A ruler
  • The great outdoors (go outside or look out your window)
  • An envelope or alternative containers for your capsule 

Subject: Nature, Literacy, Science 

Description: Humans like yourself love looking back in time to see what the “olden days” were like. Here is a chance for you to create something that will let your older self, look back in time when it comes to the weather. 

We want you to record the daily weather on a chart for one week. You can make your own chart or print out the one we have made here. You can write words like “sunny” or “raining”, you can record temperatures like “15 degrees” (if you listen to the radio you can hear the temperature each day), or you can draw pictures of what you see or what you feel. The more detail, the better! 

When you are done, tuck your chart into an envelope, seal it tight and write this message on the front:  Do NOT open until May 2030. (sign your name) 

   

You can give it to your parents to put away or you can find a special place in the home all by yourself. You can alternatively put it in a tin can or glass jar and put it up on a shelf. 

Your older self will be able to look back and compare the weather during the exact same time period in the future. Do you think you will notice any differences? Perhaps there will be changes in the climate… (visit our web page on Wednesday May 27th to learn more about difference between “weather” and “climate change”) 

Please feel welcome to send us a picture of your awesome time capsule: enviroed@clean.ns.ca 

We would love to share them! 

 

Tuesday - The Carbon Cycle


Theme: Science, ecology 

All living things on this planet are considered to be carbon-based lifeforms. This carbon moves around through something called ‘the carbon cycle’. The various forms carbon takes in this cycle are crucial to the function of our planet.  

Over the last couple hundred years, humans have been affecting this cycle. This impact has stressed the conditions that make life possible on the planet.

Check out this great video ‘What’s the Deal with Carbon?’ which takes us through the cycle!

So now that you’ve learned a bit about the cycle, it’s time to reflect! Click here for our carbon cycle reflection questions.

 

Activity: What contains carbon?

Carbon is all around us! But do you know where? Take a look at the images below and write down which ones you think contain carbon, and why. When you’re done, click the answer key to see how you did.

Did you write down you answers? Click here for the answer key.

Adapted from: https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans/what-contains-carbon

Wednesday - Interview with an Elder

Today, Kari and Eddie try to understand the difference between Weather and Climate with a little help from one of Eddie’s dearest relatives. We can’t wait for you to meet her! 

When you are done watching the video, scroll down for suggested questions to bring to a trusted elder in your own life.

 

Follow Up activity: Interview an Elder 

Subject: Literacy, communication, research 

Description: 

Ask an elder in your life about weather and climate change. They can be your own grandparent, an elderly relative or trusted elderly neighbor. A video call or phone call is best right now but if you talk to someone in person be sure to practice proper social distancing.

If you are shy like Eddie and Kari when it comes to talking to adults, we have listed a few handy questions to help you get the conversation started. And be sure to say “Thank you!” when you are done talking. 

Materials: A phone or computer to make the call, a pencil and paper for making notes.

 

Questions you can ask to understand climate change: 

I want to understand climate change, so can you tell me what summers or winters were like when you were a kid? 

Do winters seem different now a days? 

Does winter seem shorter to you now, or longer? 

Did you ever hear the words ‘climate change’ when you were a kid? 

Do you remember when you first started to hear about climate change? 

Can you tell me about a big storm when you were young? 

How hot did the summers get when you were young? 

Feel welcome to share the stories you hear with us at enviroed@clean.ns.ca. We would love to hear them too!  

  

Thursday - EnviroNews: Greenhouse Gas Special Report!

Theme: Science, Climate change, Chemistry, Human Impacts, Environmental action

 

Greenhouse gasses are all around us. But do we know what they are and where they come from? Today, Raoul bring us a ‘Special Report’ on the state of the atmosphere and the future of the planet – featuring a very special guest. 

 

Take Action:

Are you curious about how you can take action to reduce Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs)? There are lots of ways individuals, families, and communities can work together to reduce the amount of GHGs in the Earth’s atmosphere. 

Check out this awesome guide from Earth Guardians: 50 Simple Things – A Guide to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

We challenge YOU to read the list, then pick 3 ways you will take action in your own life, home, or community! 

 

 Additional Resources:

Video: Which Greenhouse Gas is Actually the WORST? 

Video: Climate 101: Ozone Depletion | National Geographic

Video: Science of Smog –  Kim Preshoff | Ted-Ed 

 

Friday Feature for Teachers - Teaching About Climate Change

Today, we’re highlighting a new Program at Clean – Climate Action School!

Clean Climate Action School’s objective is to help youth develop a solid foundation in climate science and to empower them to understand how to make change in their community.

Geared toward Grade 8 learners, students explore the scientific basis of climate change and build their understanding of climate change, including carbon dioxide in our environment, ocean acidification, the greenhouse effect, and the albedo effect.

We can’t wait to be back in classrooms doing this hands-on curriculum-aligned workshop program – but until then, there are lots of activities and experiments from the program that can be done at home! Like this pH indicator experiment that Raoul showed us how to make in Week 2 of Learn at Home.

The Clean Climate Action School Teacher Resource is designed to lay the groundwork for a series of learning experiences for middle school learners to explore the interconnected topics of climate change and environmental action.

Click here for the Clean Climate Action School Teacher’s Guide

Week 9: Wild Words Week 📚   

Exploring nature through the lens of literacy, and celebrating the power and diversity of languages.

Starting June 1st, activities released every weekday.  

Monday - Exploring Your Naturehood

Theme: Nature literacy, Community, Health

Materials: 

  • Pencil
  • Piece of paper to record your findings
  • Clipboard, thin hardcover book, or a good piece of cardboard
  • Hat and sunscreen

Description: Spring has sprung, so now is a great time to discover what types of plants are in your “naturehood”. Take a walk around your block with a trusted adult and take note of the different types of plant life that surround you. You may discover a plant that you’ve never noticed before while rushing off to school each day. Slow down, look down. 

Can you come up with 20 or more nature words while you are walking around? Eddie is up to 27 words – can you beat him? 

If you see someone out tending their gardens, ask them if they can tell you what they are growing. You might learn some new nature words and make someone feel special about their garden! Remember to practice social distancing too! 

If there aren’t many gardens near where you live, focus on the trees or hanging baskets from balconies or storefronts. You might even find something green growing between sidewalk cracks. Nature always finds a way! 

Send us your list of nature words – we would love to see what you found! And if you beat Eddie (more than 27 nature words) we will share some of your words on our website send you a thank you note from Eddie himself! Oh and don’t worry about proper spelling, some plants have big names – just do your best! 

Some of the plants Eddie found in his naturehood… 

 

Tuesday

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Wednesday

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Thursday

Check back Thursday June 4th.!

Friday

Check back Friday June 5th – World Environment Day!

Week 10: Ocean Week 🌊 

We are all connected to the ocean, no matter where we live. Join us this week as part of the OceansWeekHFX online celebrations of the sea!

Starting June 8th, activities released every weekday. 

Monday

Check back Monday, June 8th – World Oceans Day!

 And check out Oceans Week HFX which is hosting tons of great events from June 5-14!

Tuesday

Check back Tuesday, June 9th.

Wednesday

Check back Wednesday June 10th.

Thursday

Check back Thursday June 11th.

Friday

Check back Friday June 12th.

Week 11: Solar Week 🌞

We all like to have fun in the sun, but how else can the sun help us live sustainably on the planet? Join us for games, s’mores and more… 

Starting June 15th, activities released every weekday.  

Monday

Check back Monday, June 15th.

Tuesday

Check back Tuesday, June 16th.

Wednesday

Check back Wednesday June 17th.

Thursday

Check back Thursday June 18th

Friday

Check back Friday June 19th.

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