What is air? Can we see it? Dr. Greg Vogt uses simple objects to demonstrate that air occupies the space around us.
Air, Atmosphere and Living Systems
The Air unit lets students creatively explore air and the atmosphere, air quality and related issues such as allergens in the places we live, study and work. The unit’s integrated components help students understand important science, health and environmental concepts related to air.
The Science of Air Teacher’s Guide provides inquiry-based lessons that entice students to discover concepts in science, mathematics and health through hands-on activities.
In the student storybook, Mr. Slaptail’s Secret, Riff and Rosie look forward to another fun summer together in Bright Water Corners. This adventure finds them observing their neighbor, Mr. Slaptail, dragging a big, dark bag down a moonlit road. As the mystery unfolds, the cousins discover Mr. Slaptail's cluttered, dusty home is packed full of trash, recycled products and chemical products, like paint and glue. What makes Rosie sneeze? What does Mr. Slaptail do with all of his stuff?
Explorations is a colorful magazine full of articles and fun things for children and adults to try in class or at home, including hands-on activities like creating a model of how air moves into and out of the body.
The Math Link extends each unit by connecting the story and hands-on science activities to mathematics skill-building and critical thinking exercises, and The Reading Link provides language arts activities related to the story.
The Science of Air Teacher's Guide
Students explore basic concepts related to air and the atmosphere, air quality, and associated issues, such as allergens in the places we live, study and work.
The Science of Air Classroom Slides
Slide set containing information and images from The Science of Air Teacher's Guide, for use in classrooms as needed.
Environmental Health: Indoor Air Pollution
The respiratory system is exposed to all substances in the air, from inhaled gases to various particles. Learn how indoor air-borne contaminants end up in the lungs and body. (6 contact hours)
What Is Air? (pre-assessment)
Students complete a pre-assessment to gauge their knowledge related to air, gases, breathing and respiration, indoor air and environmental health.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Students are introduced to the concept of gases. If students already have explored this topic, the lesson may be used as a review.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Students use different colors of popcorn to model the composition of air.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Students observe how warming or cooling a small amount of air changes the amount of space it occupies inside a bubble.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Students create a model that approximates how the lungs, chest and diaphragm interact during breathing.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Lungometer: Vital Lung Capacity
Students gauge their own vital lung capacity—the amount of air that can be forced out of the lungs in a single breath.View this lesson Download PDF Video Digital Slide Set
Heart and Lungs
Students learn how to measure their breathing and pulse rates, and explore the impact of physical activity on their measurements.View this lesson Download PDF Digital Slide Set
Students make a simple device to collect particles from the air at home or in the classroom.View this lesson Download PDF Digital Slide Set
Fungus Among Us
Students grow and observe bread mold and other kinds of common fungi.View this lesson Download PDF Digital Slide Set
There's Something in the Air
To model the movement of pollutants through the air, students compare the dispersal of odors, both inside and outdoors.View this lesson Download PDF Digital Slide Set
Use the Air unit's inquiry-based, discovery-oriented educational materials to help students understand important science, health and environmental concepts related to air.
Mr. Slaptail's Secret
Rosie's cousin, Riff, comes to visit for the summer, and they are intrigued by the activities of Rosie's mysterious neighbor, Mr. Slaptail.
Students learn about the properties of air, identify microscopic entities found in dust, make a lung model, read about a pulmonologist, and trace air pathways in the body.
The Math Link
Math worksheets connect the story, Mr. Slaptail's Secret, to mathematics skill-building and critical thinking exercises.
The Reading Link
Ready-to-use reading and language arts activities directly related to the subjects covered in lessons and the storybook, Mr. Slaptail's Secret.
Make a Paper Flyer
Students use inexpensive materials to create and decorate a simple paper flyer, and then test it.
Explore the relative density of solids, liquids, and gases, and learn techniques for measuring the density and volume of common objects.
Good safety habits are critical in any learning environment, especially during inquiry science investigations. This presentation covers key safety concerns and provides tips to help make your science classroom safer.Video Digital Slide Set
States of Matter
Basic information about the nature of matter, the different forms it can take, and the characteristics of each state of matter. This video also discusses how matter changes from one state to another.
Tools and Equipment of Science
Learn about the tools and equipment needed by elementary students to engage in hands-on inquiry science. This presentation was made originally for teachers in Houston, Texas, but most of the information is widely applicable.View this lesson Video Digital Slide Set
What's New with Asthma
Peter W. Haitt, MD, speaks about asthma and options for treating it.
Why Do Our Ears Pop?
Our ears pop in airplanes in flight, and sometimes when we have a cold. What makes that happen?
Why Do We Sneeze?
Allergy season is here and people start sneezing. Cold season is here and the same thing happens. Why?
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The Food Unit
The Food unit allows students to have fun learning about food sources, healthy eating, food safety, food groups and overall nutrition.
The Global Change Unit
The Global Change unit gives students an opportunity to investigate a variety of physical and life science concepts related to energy, metabolism and the role of nutrients in the body.
The Water Unit
The Water unit provides students with a fresh look at water and lets them discover why it is necessary to the well-being of all living creatures.
Funded by the following grant(s)
My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932