Looking for new activities to do with your children or lessons for your students? Here you can find lesson plans related to air quality and transportation! These fun activities can be done in the classroom or at home, and can be a great way to engage your children while social distancing.
Head in the Clouds
Learn about clouds and how to identify different cloud formations! Students will learn how foggy and cloudy days can affect visibility when driving or biking.
What Color is My Air?
Some days, the air is clear and smells fresh and clean, but other days the air can feel heavy and may have a bad smell. When too much dirt or too many chemicals get into the air, the air is dirty, or polluted. Polluted air is not good for people to breathe.
Using EPA’s online Air Quality Index color game, students will learn that air quality can be classified according to different levels of pollution, and that these levels can be represented by colors and/or numbers. This lesson also introduces students to different types of transportation and ways that transportation choices can affect air quality.
Air Quality Traffic Tally
Breathing dirty air is not good for people, and traffic is one thing that can dirty the air. This activity is a mini-field trip (that you can do from a window or your own backyard!) that provides students with hands-on experience in conducting a traffic survey in their own community, analyzing their data, and exploring the connection between traffic and air pollution.
While designed for grades 3-5, this lesson also has an adapted version for grades K-2. This activity can be done in class, but can also be done remotely from the students’ own homes.