GreenLearning Monthly Calendars

December 2020 - HAPPY HOLIDAYS


These activities are designed for learning at home or in the classroom. Share your journey in photos or videos with us by tagging @GreenLearning and using by using the hashtag #31DaysofGreen

Are your students social-savvy? Encourage them to share their journey with us! They can share photos or videos of their activities by tagging our social media accounts: @GreenLearning and by using the hashtag: #GreenLearningand we will respond!

Also, check out our December Spark Activity to challenge your students to explore a solution to a unique problem using an inquiry-based model!



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Snow Science Experiment

Try out this cool experiment to find out exactly how much water is in snow! This can help you understand winter weather forecasts better!

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Learn About Avalanches

Avalanches are a natural disaster that involve lots of snow! In this interesting video, learn about how avalanches form.

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Continue to Compost in the Cold

During the cold winter months, it can be difficult to continue to compost. Make sure you keep up the great work for the planet and try composting inside!

Vermicomposting uses worms to break down your waste, learn more here.

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Save Energy and Wear a Sweater

Instead of turning up the heat this winter, add some warm cozy layers instead to save energy! You can find out how much energy you use in your home by completing the Home Energy Detective Challenge!

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Winter Wonderland!

Spend this week outside in the cold with these fun Winter activities!

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What Happens When Snow Melts?

Sudden snow melt after the ground has already been frozen can cause flooding as there is nowhere for the water to go! Flooding is the most common natural disaster in Canada, learn more about the impact of flooding in your community in the GreenLearning program Flood:Ed.

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Skip the Snowblower and Shovel

Instead of producing unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions, use an old- fashioned shovel and get to work! See if you have any neighbours that you could help out by clearing their driveway. The neighbourhood and the planet will thank you!

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Learn to Love the Cold

Winter in Canada should be something to be enjoyed! Train your brain to love winter and you’ll be looking forward to the snowy months. Take up a new winter hobby like hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing.

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Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah this year in an eco-friendly way, here are 5 great tips on how to have a happy and green Hannukah!

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International Mountain Day

Celebrate this day by learning about how mountains are formed in this video! Did you know there are 21,324 mountains in Canada?

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Eco-Friendly Eating Week!

Go to https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46459714 to calculate the carbon footprint of your food!

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Meatless Monday

During the holiday season we tend to eat more meat as a part of our celebrations which has an impact on the environment. Eating animal products like meat and dairy use up way more water and land than plants! Are there ways you could make your favourite holiday meal meat- free?

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Try the 160km Local Food Challenge

Where does your food really come from? Take the 10 day local food challenge and reduce your environmental impact by eating food from your community. Learn how to take the challenge here!

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Ways to Eat More Sustainably

Learn how to eat more eco-consciously with these simple and easy to implement tips!

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National Maple Syrup Day

Learn about how climate change impacts maple syrup production in GreenLearning’s Maple Syrup Inquiry. Don’t forget to enjoy some pancakes today!

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Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch

Get into some healthy and environmentally friendly lunch packing habits this school year.

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Have a ‘green’ holiday celebration!

Go to https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/eco-friendly-holiday-tips for 12 ways to have an eco-friendly holiday season!

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Winter Solstice

Today the sun is furthest away from the equator, making it the darkest and shortest day of the year. In many Indigenous traditions, the Winter Solstice signifies a time for renewal.

During this time Indigenous people in Canada reflect on the past and look forward to the future!

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Winter Crafts

Check out these fun Winter crafts to try, use recycled materials when possible and give your finished creations to your family and friends for holiday gifts!

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Decorate Sustainably

This holiday season choose some ‘green’ decorations that are better for the environment! Things like limiting the amount of plastic decorations, reusing decorations for as long as possible, and buying a real tree can all limit the amount of waste generated this December!

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Christmas Eve

Have an eco-friendly Christmas Eve with family by participating in a December Earth Hour! Turn off the lights, unplug electronics, light some candles and enjoy each other's company while saving energy!

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Christmas Day

Have a ‘green’ Christmas with these tips and tricks . Make sure to also enjoy time with your family today!

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Kwanzaa

Red, black, and green are the official colours of Kwanzaa- here are some eco-friendly activities to bring out the ‘green’ in Kwanzaa!

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Holiday Clean-Up Week!

Go to http://www.greenlearning.ca/programs/circular-economy-activity/to learn how to properly recycle or remake things using leftover wrapping paper or gift boxes!

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Compost Your Tree

Get rid of your Christmas tree sustainably this year by recycling or composting it! You can check out your local waste management guidelines or this online resource guide on how you can properly dispose of your tree!

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Try Out the Home Flood Protector Scavenger Hunt

Learn how you can protect your home from flooding after snowmelt in this fun challenge that you can do during the holiday break!

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Build Your Own Electric Vehicle

During this holiday break stay busy and build your very own electric vehicle using materials you have at home! Create your own EV model and learn how they work in this hands-on activity !

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New Year’s Eve

This day is great for setting goals or making resolutions for next year! Try thinking of some earth-friendly resolutions like using less plastic, recycling, or using less water!

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