Air Pollution

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This interesting lesson introduces the students to the term pollution, and more specifically, air pollution.  The lesson could include other types of pollution once students understand pollution in general.  One of the best ways to get students to get a clear understanding of pollution is by showing images of air, or other kinds, of pollution.  Discovering how they can help prevent pollution also will keep students interested in the topic.

Air Pollution Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Air Pollution.
  • Hands-on homework activities to reinforce their knowledge and understanding of Air Pollution.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This interesting lesson introduces the students to the term pollution, and more specifically, air pollution.  The lesson could include other types of pollution once students understand pollution in general.  One of the best ways to get students to get a clear understanding of pollution is by showing images of air, or other kinds, of pollution.  Discovering how they can help prevent pollution also will keep students interested in the topic.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students to name things that can be found in the outside air.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Ask: Is everything good for you that might be in the air?  Why or why not?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce air pollution.
  5. Distribute Air Pollution content pages. Read and review the information and images with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.  Save the final question for lesson closing.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute colored pencils reminding the students their pictures do not have to be exact, but a new drawing showing what the scene would be like without pollution.
  7. When completed, allow each student to share their new pictures.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask: Have you ever seen air pollution?  Indoors or outdoors?  What was it like?
  11. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.B
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Science