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Healthy Homes (post-assessment)

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

How Clean is the Air in Your Home?

To focus the students’ attention, ask, Do you think the air in your home is clean? Stimulate a discussion about different sources of indoor pollution. Challenge students to remember what they learned about air pollution in previous lessons.

Ask students to predict which room in their homes has the poorest air quality. Maybe the room with the cat litter box? Or maybe the garage, where gasoline fumes and vehicle exhaust particles can accumulate?

Have students list some of the things they have learned about indoor air. If you have used the Air Explorations mini-magazine and/or read the story, Mr. Slaptail’s Secret, reference to either one might help to promote class discussion. Otherwise, simply initiate a review of what students have learned so far about indoor air pollution.

Remind students that there are many things we can do to improve the quality of the air we breathe at home. Stress that we must identify possible sources of indoor air pollution before deciding or knowing which actions are needed to make improvements. 


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

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