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Topic 1 - How Do Cars Contribute to Pollution?

These lessons begin with a simple crossword puzzle that teachers can use as a warm-up to discussions about air pollution. This activity helps motivate students to begin thinking about the vocabulary associated with automobile emissions and air pollution.

Subjects Addressed

English, Language Arts and Reading, Science, Social Studies, Health Education, Physical Education

Lesson 1 WHERE’S THE AIR?

Activity Type:

Class and individual activity

Suggested Time:

Grades K-2 - approximately 15 minutes

Grades 3-5 - approximately 30 minutes

Student Objectives:
  • Learn about the qualities of air through demonstrations
  • Provide examples of how air has weight and mass.

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Lesson 2 BREATHING, EXERCISE, AND AIR

Activity Type:

Classroom discussion and activity

Suggested Time:

Grades K-2 - approximately 15 minutes

Grades 3-5 - approximately 30 minutes

Student Objectives:
  • Identify how their breathing patterns change when they exert themselves.
  • Recognize that air pollution makes it harder to breathe.

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