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My Polluted City

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

100 minutes
Two 50-minute sessions plus time for at-home work
Primary subjects: 
Reading or Language Arts, Science
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In this lesson, students listen to a story about a girl whose city officials have just declared an air quality emergency and cancelled school. Through the story, students learn that air pollution is not always visible to the naked eye but that it can have harmful health effects nevertheless. They also witness an example of personal responsibility and advocacy as the story’s heroine becomes a “clean air guardian” to help address the problem of air pollution in her city. Students reflect on how their own actions might be contributing to air pollution, and they brainstorm ways they can lessen their negative impact. Then they fashion a simple device from a paper plate in order to get a general idea of the air quality in their area. After one week, they work in teams to examine their devices and analyze the results. Finally, students receive blue bracelets to certify their induction into the realm of clean air guardians!

Key objectives for students
Define air pollution and describe how we can tell when it’s present.
Identify several key human activities that pollute the air.
Describe several ways we can help reduce air pollution.
Secondary subjects
Civics and Government, Environmental Education, Mathematics
Air pollution, Air quality, Asthma, health, Climate
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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