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Air Pollution: Visible and Invisible

Lesson Description:
  • The learner will test for visible and invisible pollutants in the air.
  • The learner will keep a journal of experimental procedures, results, and conclusions.

Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge
  • I Ride Green

Standards Addressed:
Science standards:
  • 4.1 a, b
  • 4.2 c, d

Materials Needed:
  • chart paper
  • measuring cups

For each group you will need:
  • small glass jar
  • large glass jar
  • petroleum jelly
  • 3 bean plants approximately the same size 
  • tap water
  • vinegar 
  • vinegar-water mixture in 1 to 3 ratio
  • pH paper or indicator 

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