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Clean Air Detective: Investigating Air Pollution

Lesson Description:
Students will do the following:
  • Actively listen to audio information using internet resources
  • Plan and conduct a simple investigation
  • Use data to construct a reasonable explanation
  • Communicate investigations and explanations
  • Demonstrate that the air can be clean or dirty
  • Identify causes of air pollution

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Standards Addressed:
Science Standard 12. Understands the nature of scientific inquiry
Level I [Grade: K-2]
  • Knows that learning can come from careful observations and simple experiments
  • Knows that tools (e.g., thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, balances) can be used to gather information and extend the senses

Science Standard 13. Understands the scientific enterprise
Level I [Grade: K-2]
  • Knows that in science it is helpful to work with a team and share findings with others

Language Arts Standard 5. Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process
Level I [Grade: K-2]
  • Uses meaning clues (e.g., picture captions, title, cover, headings, story structure, story topic) to aid comprehension and make predictions about content (e.g., action, events, character's behavior)
  • Reads aloud familiar stories, poems, and passages with fluency and expression (e.g., rhythm, flow, meter, tempo, pitch, tone, intonation)

Materials Needed:
  • Air catcher creature printouts
  • Air catcher creature directions
  • Creature worksheet
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Clear tape
  • Butcher paper  

School or Group:
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CleanAirDetective.pdf
Located in: Language Arts

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