Earth Hour

Did you turn the lights off for Earth Hour? During that hour, did you ponder your reliance on energy, its use in your life, and perhaps ways in which you could be conserving energy every hour of every day, and not just once a year. Watch the videos below.

What strikes me most in these videos, is not how amazing it is that everyone around the world has come together to turn off the lights for an hour (although that is amazing), but the sheer quantity of light emanating from each city before they turn their lights off. Do buildings that operate 9 to 5 need to be lit 24 hours a day? Do landmarks need to be cast under spotlights? Do we need to be advertised to in neon? How do we change our relationship to “light” in a world trying to conserve.

Tag your blog post earthhour to aggregate our entries.

Earth Hour 2010 Video

Earth Hour 2009 Video


What do you think is the message this film maker is trying to impart in Papiroflexia. Watch the video. What if the film ran in reverse? What if the film started with trees, and mountains and meadows, that were then folded into buildings and roads. Are you worried about the inhabitants of the buildings?

Watch the film again, and then blog about what you believe this short film is trying to tell us.

Wavin’ Flag :: Young Artists For Haiti

After watching the video of K’naan’s song, “Wavin’ Flag,” what do you think the message behind the song is? In other words, why do you think all these artists came together to sing this song? How does it make you feel? What do you think it does for other people?

Have a look at Miss Hornich’s example:

After watching the video “Wavin’ Flag” sung by the Young Artists for Haiti, I felt hopeful. It was inspiring to see so many different musicians come together to work on one song. Together, their voices were very strong and powerful. I think that this was done in order to demonstrate strength and support for the people of Haiti.

Energy Timeline

Below you will find a timeline created on a site called dipity. This site allows us to create collaborative timelines. The grade 6 science curriculum requires us to “evaluate the impact of the use of electricity on both the way we live and the environment”, and “demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electrical energy and its transformation into and from other forms of energy”.

Using the timeline, your task is to contribute five events that examine one or both of these overall expectations. These events can explore past milestones in the energy sector (the invention of a different source of energy), environmental concerns (disasters relating to the creation or distribution of energy), the process of converting a specific form of energy into a distributable resource, or potential future energy sources.

Each one of your events must include a title, a date, a description, and at least three of the available four content fields:

Make note of the events you add. Once you have added five events, you will create a blog entry explaining their importance and justifying their inclusion on the timeline. You will need to create a username on dipity before you are able to start contributing content. Once you are a user, you will be able to create content using the “Add an Event” button in the top left corner of the timeline.

Energy on Dipity.