Lesson Plan

Grades 3-5

Catching Pollution

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Several class periods (Part 1); 40 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Math, Science

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Climate Change

Resource Overview

Students “catch” pollution (particulate matter) on prepared cards to see the environmental and health-related consequences of our transportation habits and then visualize how much carbon is being put into the atmosphere per driver each day.

Students will be able to:
  • Observe, identify, and list visible and invisible air pollutants around the school and in the community.
  • Identify at least three solutions to prevent air pollution.
  • Explain the connection between driving and carbon emissions.
Exhaustion from cars on the road, a major source of pollution.

Features of This Resource

  • Problem-based learning activity
  • Students collect and analyze their own data
  • Upper elementary mathematical word problems related to carbon emissions

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