Planet Protector Academy: Zero Heroes
Inspiring zero waste superheroes in your classroom!
Engaging curriculum-linked content for Grades 3-6
Fun and easy to use
97% of teachers recommend!
Supports Ontario Expectations
Science & Tech
Promotes 21st Century Learning
Facilitates interdisciplinary learning
combining arts, language, science and social studies curriculum
Develops the 4C's
incl. communication, critical thinking, collaboration and creativity
Connects learning to the real world
Meets diverse learning needs
Helps bring tech into the classroom
in an easy plug & play format, no special equipment needed!
Messages from Mother Earth
Indigenous perspectives on waste
Each week, our young Cree superhero highlights Indigenous-led environmental projects around the world, showing how Indigenous cultural practices and wisdom hold solutions for our waste issues.
Created in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous artists, elders and culture keepers.
How It Works (video)
6 weekly pre-planned modules, about an hour each
Students do fun activities in teams for points
Led by a website you project at the front of the class
Module at-a-glance (approx. 60-75mins)
- 10 Minute Prep
- Team Activities
- Game Shows
Plug & Play! Minimal Prep!
Set Up Projector
Let The Website Do The Rest!
A MISSION FOR ZERO WASTE
The Zero Heroes resource inspires students as zero waste superheroes to explore our garbage predicament and change their families’ waste habits!
Operation Garbage Watch
The adventure begins! Why is garbage a problem? What brings us joy that isn’t about stuff? First mission assignment!
Operation Love Food, Hate Waste
Why and how do we waste perfectly good food? Calculate the relative value of the food families waste. Learn about an Indigenous community with a huge recycling centre in Arizona, and the principle of using every part of what is harvested. Mission 2: Reduce food waste at home.
Operation Food Scraps
Composting and food scraps: why bother? Play a Sorting Game and write a rap about food scraps. Learn about the thousands-of-years-old practice of composting from an Indigenous community in Arizona. Get Mission 3: use your food scraps bin!
Operation Waste-Free Lunch
What is packaging and what problems does it cause? Analyse today’s lunch. Use math to learn about collective impact. Discover how the ancestral Pueblo used nature’s principals to farm in the desert. Make a poster and get Mission 4: have a waste-free lunch.
Operation Buy Smart
Now that we know all this, how can we buy smarter? Brainstorm solutions, create buy-smart guidelines, create skits about impulse shopping, and get Mission 5: teach your families to buy smart!
Operation Green Cycle
Designing following nature’s design. Learning about biomimicry: how can we design like nature does? Learn about making houses from natural materials, from the Pueblo people. Invent a product that uses biomimicry. Through the art of your choice, share your product with the class.
What Teachers Say
"The Academy is fantastic... students are fully engaged and ask for it every day so, thank-you!"
Melissa Mackie, Durham, ON
"An engaging and interactive program to help students understand their responsibilities for taking care of the planet."
Debbie McMullen, Guelph, ON
"A perfect way to convince my students to learn."
Amanda, Peterborough, ON