At-home learning resources from Learning for a Sustainable Future
In this week's edition of Learning Inside Out, we are focusing on energy consumption.

Most of us live in a world where it would be very difficult to get through a day without using electricity or energy in some capacity. We turn on the lights, keep food in the fridge, power our're even using an electronic device right now to read this! Energy use has become so closely ingrained in our every day lives. So how can we slow down and think critically about our energy use and find ways to make it more efficient? How can our choices help to transition to clean, renewable energy and how can we educate ourselves to understand our impact on the earth through these choices?
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Below you will find a selection of activities, broken down by various grade levels. These guides will be released weekly and archived on our  Learning Inside Out page , so you can always access the full catalogue.

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Week 9: Energy
Sustainable Development Goal #7
We are highlighting SDG #7: Affordable and Clean Energy in this week's activities. Canada is a country unlike many around the world, with generally widespread access to electricity (although inequalities do still exist!). For those of us that are lucky enough to have access to electricity in our daily lives it is important to understand our environmental impact and make choices, whenever possible, that are more sustainable.
The character, D-rop, is an imaginary water droplet who cares about the environment and provides an engaging lesson about energy types and the importance of conservation. In an era in which we often take electricity for granted, this video explains the many benefits of being energy wise and why we should all be more thoughtful about "turning off."
  1. Watch the video
  2. Complete these follow up activities: 
  • Draw a picture showing three things you can do for fun that use no electricity at all
  • Create a drawing of your family as “energy heroes” making wise energy choices at home.
  • Make "Turn off" signs for the light switches in your home
What did you think of the Going Green with D-rop Energy activity?
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Through a variety of activities, students learn about different sources of energy and the amount of energy that they consume every day. 

Activity 1: Energy Use at Home
  • Part A: What is Energy
  • Part B: Ranking Appliances
  • Part C: Wasted without knowing

Activity 2: Energy Let's Save It!

Activity 3 : Energy Walkabout
What did you think of Our Environmental Footprint: Introduction to Energy?
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The choices we make with respect to how much energy we consume and how our demand will be met has consequences for all of us as individuals, for other peoples with whom we share the planet, and for the plants and animals that have no voice in those decisions.

Activity 1: Energy Sources

Activity 2: Canada's Energy Use
  • Read, and examine Canada's energy use using the data found here
  • Use this information to complete the discussion questions found here
What did you think of the Electricity Conservation and You Activities?
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Grades 7-12
Through these activities, students will differentiate between correlation and causation within the context of global climate change. Using critical thinking skills and analyzing data sets students will investigate the causes behind temperature increases in a fictitious town called Solutionville, as well as around the globe. These activities will help students make connections between temperatures and carbon dioxide levels and guide students to think about the role that humans play in these changes.

Activity 1: Cause and Effect and Climate

Activity 2: What's the deal with fossil fuels

Activity 3: Neighbourhood walk
  • Keeping in mind social distancing and taking actions to keep yourself and others safe, go on a walk around your neighbourhood and record examples of fossil fuel use vs. green energy and record it in this chart.
What did you think of the Heat is On activities?
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