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Ready, Set, Stop Idling!

Lesson Description:
Students will gain background knowledge regarding what is good for the air and what is bad for the air through class discussion and watching a short video clip. They will participate in an activity sorting cards that illustrate examples that are good and bad for the Earth and an activity acting out cars idling and not idling to gain an understanding of what idling is and how it pollutes the air. Student will make a drawing and write sentences on the topic of idling.

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:
• Identify things that harm our air.
• Identify things that help our air.
• Understand how idling harms our air.
• Encourage No-Idling.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Other

GEF Program Category:
  • I Ride Green

Time Needed:
1 class
Standards Addressed:
This lesson addresses the following National Science Education Standards

Content Standard: NS. K-4.1, NS.5-8.1 SCIENCE AS INQUIRY
As a result of activities in grades K-4, and 5-8 all students should develop:
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understandings about scientific inquiry

Levels: K-4
• Personal Health
• Characteristics and Changes in Populations
• Types of Resources
• Changes in Environments
• Science and Technology on Local Challenges
School or Group:
Earth Day Network
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Ready, Set, Stop Idling.pdf
Located in: Science | Creativity

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