Learning story Grade 2

To culminate the learning during the unit under the Transdisciplinary Theme ‘Sharing the Planet’, students took responsibility to present their understanding of the Central Idea: ‘People can make choices to support the sustainability of Earth’s resources’. Students became agents when they chose whether they wanted to support the cause of Greta Thunberg, one of the environmental activist role models discussed in the unit, or whether they wanted to create an energy program for India as the new energy minister. By contrasting the mix of currently used energy resources and comparing the environmental effect to the knowledge gathered throughout the unit, students planned, developed and designed a successful new program of how they, as people with influence, would adjust the use of energy resources to achieve a sustainable outcome. Choosing their own methods, students took agency and presented with confidence. In the following article, we are featuring a few of the overall outstanding contributions.

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Aaira Baxi GRADE 2A

Sources of Energy used in India NOW 


 

Aaira: “Right now in year 2020, we use almost 2 parts of polluting natural resources like coal and only 1 part from Renewable sources like Wind, Solar, Hydro and Biomass.

As Energy Minister, after 5 year….  

I would like to reduce the use of Coal and increase use of Renewable Energy.

After 20 years…. 

I wish that after 20 years, we stop using coal and use only renewable and clean  sources of energy like Solar, Wind, Hydro and Biomass.”

 

Lets make our country clean

Dhairya involved his entire family in the project of becoming India’s future energy minister. Together, they built a model detailing the new mix of energy resources that would power our houses in the future. He shared and applied his knowledge of solar energy as well as biomass and wind energy to display, how he would ensure a sustainable use of Earth’s resources.

Dhairya involved his entire family in the project of becoming India’s future energy minister. Together, they built a model detailing the new mix of energy resources that would power our houses in the future. He shared and applied his knowledge of solar energy as well as biomass and wind energy to display, how he would ensure a sustainable use of Earth’s resources.

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Moli’s environment kingdom

Moli created a puppet play out of stick puppets. Here is her story.

Moli: “Once upon a time, there was a little kingdom. There lived a king and a queen. They loved their kingdom. One day, they go out and look around their kingdom, the kingdom covered with trash! Suddenly the rain comes, the rain are acid rain. Very dirty. The queen feels sad about the kingdom covered with trash and the environmental pollution. “I must do something for my kingdom”, the king said. The king did some research, they found water pollution, trees cut, fly ash. The king set up 2 bins to recycle trash. “The wet rubbish can make lovely compost for their garden and bioenergy. The dry rubbish, like plastic, paper and tin cans can recycle.” The king tell people to grow more trees for make fresh air.

“Wow the kingdom became clean”, said the queen. 

“I must do something more”, said the king. The king setup solar energy panels for every house. “They can use electricity at night. And a windmill.” They are all renewable and clean energy. 

The king and the queen are very happy to see their kingdom had changed. Hurray!

The sources are very important to our life! We cannot pollute the environment. Save resources, save Earth, save us!

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Some of our students were highly impressed with Greta Thunberg and chose to design an action plan to support her movement. Students were most fascinated that Greta started to take action against climate change at the age of our students in class. Greta is the personification of everyone’s capability to take action and our students became inspired. They chose to work in groups and display their understanding through creating Google Slides presentations. Students worked with imagery to support the notion of the energy crisis as well as included their suggestions as to how they will go about their lives using energy. They fiercely advocated for mandatory nationwide solar panels as well as the use of wind and water turbines. To overcome the ever-growing challenge of India’s garbage production, students suggested the use of safe biomass facilities. 

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Conclusion

Throughout the unit, students conducted in-depth inquiries into the most commonly used energy resources and their effects for the environment. It was amazing to see how our Grade 2 students became inspired to affect change in the world and make our planet cleaner and greener. Students reached out to their friends and family members to spread their understanding of the urgency of the energy crisis and to spread awareness. They became agents and impressed us with their amazing imagination.