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3 Great Ways To Teach Kids About Air Pollution

by Paisley Hansen | 25-05-2022 03:56 recommendations 0

You're never too young — or old, for that matter — to learn about air pollution and how to deal with it. Climate change remains a big concern, and kids today will be the decision-makers who inherit the challenges of our world. If you work with or teach children, having a few air pollution lesson plans is a great way to help the younger generations prepare for their futures.

Reducing air pollution is good for everyone, including the plants and animals here on Earth, too. Humans need air to breathe, and since the majority of air pollution has been accelerated due to human behavior, humans owe it to each other and the planet to mitigate pollution however possible.

Here are three great ways to teach kids about the effects of air pollution — and give them ideas on how to combat it. Even better, learning about air pollution can dovetail nicely into many different subjects, including science, social studies, and history.

1. Interactive Air Quality Map

Great for groups or even individual studies, you can plan activities around your local area with an online air quality map. Have kids track the air quality of their local neighborhood or school by consulting the data. Which areas have cleaner air? Do you know why?

Light research and outdoor investigation — supervised by an adult when necessary — are fun activities and can inspire young minds to learn more about science and environmentalism. This map could show you where to look for swimming pool contractors Santa Rosa Beach.

2. Create a Jar of Smog — For Science

Low-cost and hands-on, making a smog jar can be fun and informative. Smog is air pollution that decreases visibility, carries harmful containments that can damage the lungs, and smells bad, too. Your jar of smog, on the other hand, isn't going to spew smog over a major city or turn into a smog monster. It is a cool science project, though.

You will need a glass jar, aluminum foil, a twisted piece of paper, ice cubes, and a lighter. With an adult's help, light the paper like a wick and drop it inside your jar. Cover the jaw with the foil. Place ice cubes gently on top of the foil and watch as condensation mixes with the smoke to make smog. You could even put googly eyes on your jar to make a cute monster!

Always be careful with science experiments, and don't try this one without adult supervision.

3. Plant Trees

Trees make oxygen, which humans breathe. You can help the planet and fight air pollution by planting trees! It's a great outdoor activity and it helps the environment.

You can purchase tree saplings of native trees for your area at a nursery. Ask the nursery staff or a horticulturalist for the best kinds of trees to grow in your yard. If you live in an area without land to garden or plant on, contact a local nature conservatory to ask about tree-planting activities.

You can plant trees with seeds, but they will take a while to grow enough to be visible. Plating a sapling — a baby tree — lets you keep track of your tree because it will be visible. Plus, the sapling has grown from seed already so the hard part is over.

Make sure where you plan to dig a hole is safe; in the United States, you can call 811 to find out if it is safe to dig, since you do not want to hit power lines or water pipes and injure yourself.

Using a gallon or larger bucket, find a suitable place and have an adult help you dig a hole in the ground that will be deep enough for your baby tree's roots to take hold. Fill in the hole with the excavated dirt. Make sure to water your new tree well, since it will be thirsty after you plant it.

There are many ways to incorporate lessons about air pollution into your curriculum, and it is well worth focusing on so kids are informed and prepared for the future.


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