Boost Your IAQ!

50 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
3, 4
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In this lesson, students learn more about the concept of air quality. They are guided to boost their IAQ, or indoor air quality, via a presentation that first introduces key factors that influence indoor air quality and then covers ways to improve indoor air quality. Students apply what they've learned by participating in a sensory activity to experience how quickly a smell can travel through the air. Then they work in teams to brainstorm ways they can use their senses to detect problems in air quality and come up with solutions to boost IAQ.

Key objectives for students
Define air quality.
Explain why we should care about indoor air quality.
Describe factors that influence indoor air quality.
Identify ways to improve indoor air quality.
Secondary subjects
Art, Chemistry, Environmental Education, Health and Nutrition, History, Reading or Language Arts, Social Studies
Topics
Air quality, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Air pollutants, ventilation, senses
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Mindfulness, Optimism
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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