Pollution Teacher Resources
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Air Pollution in Mexico City
A fantastic lesson on urban air pollution problems throughout the world is here for you. Learners understand that there are many factors involved in creating pollution, that there are many health effects brought on by air pollution, and that fixing the problem is not an easy task.
7th - 10th Science
Air Pollution and Asthma (11th Grade)
What is the air quality index? Start by discussing pollution and air quality with your budding environmentalists. A list of instructional activities are provided here from inviting a guest speaker into your classroom to discussing asthma. Challenge your class to think of new ways to control air pollution.
9th - 12th English Language Arts
Young scientists explore nature's water treatment plants in this simple science demonstration. By placing a stalk of celery in a cup of water mixed with food coloring, children are able to observe how plants absorb nutrients and contaminants from water, helping to remove harmful impurities.
1st - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Investigation: Pollution Prevention Is Disease Prevention
Plenty of background information about how air pollution affects much more than just our lungs is included on this attractive handout. After reading, pupils make a working model of a lung and diaphragm. Junior physicians place a small piece of cotton in the lung to find out what happens.
4th - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Non-Point Source Pollution
Investigate the different types of pollution that storm drain runoff carries into oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams with this class demonstration. Using an aquarium and an assortment of everyday items that contaminants like motor oil, fertilizer, trash, and natural debris, students observe how rain water washes all of those materials into larger bodies of water.
4th - 7th Science
Ecosystems and Pollution
The class recognizes the effects of an oil spill and acid rain through a pollution discussion and experiment. They experiment with the effects of an oil spill by covering objects with oil and putting acid on limestone. The experiment is done in the context of time vs money as it relates to pollution clean up.
5th - 8th Science
Can Nutrients in Water Cause Harm?
Ecology candidates culture pond water organisms over a few days time, then they experiment to find out how increasing nutrients affects the population. As part of a unit on water, this exploration gives your class an understanding of how important it is to protect freshwater bodies.
3rd - 6th Science
When your environmental or earth science class is studying air pollution, you will want to take the time to go over this resource. Pupils peruse the history of air pollution regulations and examine outstanding diagrams of what contributes to smog in American cities.
6th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Young ecologists investigate some of the many ways that human activities adversely affect the environment. After identifying the main types of pollution (air, water, soil), 3rd graders fill in a Venn Diagram by pasting cut-out pictures of different types of pollution into the appropriate circle.
Watershed Works: Unit 3
Geology whizzes observe the effects of change within a model of a watershed. They place replica waste dumps within the models and note the path that the waste takes as water passes through. This detailed lesson plan provides teacher narrative, instructions for building the watershed model, discussion questions, and more!
6th - 8th Science
Students explore ocean pollution. In this ecology lesson, students view a video entitled This Pretty Planet and identify common biodegradable products. Students participate in activities designed to simulate the negative effects of pollution on plants and animals, and brainstorm ways they can help keep the ocean clean.
3rd - 5th Science
Pollution in the Anacostia River
Seventh graders are introduced to Earth day--- what is it and why do we care, ease into topic of pollution, where have they seen pollution in their community, steer conversation in the direction of the Anacostia. They are reintroduced Anacostia in the first few minutes, 7th graders are reminded of the previous day's discussion on pollution in the river.
Heat Pollution and Communities
If your school has a photovoltaic system and you have access to its temperature data, then this is an outstanding lesson plan in energy efficiency. Environmentalists consider four days' worth of data and use critical thinking to apply data to various situations including heat pollution and industry, wildlife, and agriculture.
9th - 12th Science