Take a look around you. All that empty space is filled with something vital to your existence.
Air! Clean air is as necessary for life as clean water, but students typically don’t think about the invisible ocean of air that surrounds them. Neither do they think about harmful pollutants that are added to our air every day. Turning on lights or driving a car creates air pollution, which can be harmful to our health. Children are especially sensitive to the damaging effects of air pollution because their lungs are still developing. When children are active outdoors, they breathe faster and take in more air. If the air is polluted, they will take in harmful pollutants as well.
The purpose of this unit is to educate students and their families about the importance of clean air and persuade them to take
simple actions that will help improve local air quality so we can all live, work, and play in a healthy environment.
Created by the Maricopa County Air Quality Department, this unit provides teachers with six engaging, hands-on lessons
designed to teach students in kindergarten through 2nd grade about the importance of clean air. The unit is built around the
big idea that our actions impact air quality in both positive and negative ways. Lessons are aligned to Arizona’s Science
Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for both mathematics and
English language arts.