Let’s Get Started: Make the Dust Catcher
Students will make dust catchers to collect particles from the air at home or in the classroom. They will discover that even apparently clean air may contain dust and other pollutants. They also will learn that dust consists of individual particles of different substances, such as cigarette smoke, animal dander (flakes of skin), mold spores and dust mites.
1. Divide the class into groups of 4 students. Each student will construct his/her own dust catcher.
2. Have the Materials Manager from each group collect the necessary materials.
3. Guide students as they construct their dust catchers, following the instructions on the student sheet.
- Moreno N., B. Tharp, and J. Dresden. (2011). The Science of Air Teacher’s Guide. Third edition. Baylor College of Medicine.
- Illustrations by M.S. Young © Baylor College of Medicine.
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The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932
Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education