Teachers, did you know that the Clean Air Campaign provides many free downloadable lesson plans aligned with grade-level Georgia Performance Standards?
For example, a third-grade three-hour lesson plans allows students to act as “crime scene investigators” by observing the effects of air pollution on the environment and solving a “crime” by identifying sources of air pollution in their community. In this lesson, each student will make a simple model of a cyclone hopper, an electrostatic precipitator, and a catalytic converter, to learn that air quality can be protected by cleaning up pollution. This lesson plan is alligned with Georgia Performance Standard 3L2 (students will recognize the effects of pollution and humans on the environment).
A hands-on one-hour kindergarten curriculum entitled “Pardon Me, But What Is Air” uses a combination of math, science and writing activities to allow students to investigate how air tastes, feels, sounds, looks and smells. This curriculum is aligned to Georgia Performance Standards ELAKW2 (the students begin to write in a variety of genres, including narrative, informational, persuasive and response to literature), MKN1 (students will connect numerals to the quantities they represent), SKCS1 (atudents will be aware of the curiosity, honesty, openness, and skepticism in science and will exhibit these traits in their own efforts to understand how the world works) and SKE2 (students will describe the attributes of rocks and soils).
Lesson plans are available for all grade levels at the Clean Air Campaign’s website.