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Physical Science, Life Science, Environment, and Health
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. Student sheets are provided in English and in Spanish.
The Science of Air Teacher's Guide is a complete set of science lessons, with assessments, that enable students to explore air, types of gases, which gases are in air, why air moves, how air moves in and out of the lungs, types of activities that affect breathing and heart rate, mold and fungi, and whether pollutants become concentrated indoors. This guide provides the following inquiry-based activities:
What Is Air? Pre-assessment
Gases Matter: What is a gas?
About Air: Which gases are in air?
Moving Air: Why does air move?
Breathing Machine: How does air move into and out of the lungs?
Lungometer: How much air can be blown out of the lungs?
Heart and Lungs: Do activity levels affect breathing and heart rates?
Dust Catchers: What is in dust?
Fungus Among Us: What does mold look like?
There’s Something in the Air: Do pollutants become concentrated indoors?
Healthy Homes: Post-assessment
The guide is also designed to be used with integrated components of the Air unit: Mr. Slaptail's Secret (storybook), Explorations: Air (student magazine), and two supplements: The Reading Link and The Math Link (language arts and mathematics worksheet activities related to the storybook).
Although the activities are most appropriate for use with students in grades 3–5, the lessons are easily adaptable for other grade levels. The guide is also available in print format.
Funded by the following grant(s)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932