Green Education Foundation: Air Pollution Math

Students will be able to:

  • define air pollution, identify some of the causes and explain why it is a problem.
  • explain that manmade objects, materials and systems can have an affect on the natural environment.
  • interpret and analyze the data represented in simple graphic organizers (pictographs).
  • compare whole numbers using terms fewer than, greater than, equal to.
  • compose and decompose whole numbers up to 10

Lesson Type:

  • Lecture
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:

  • Climate Change
  • Energy
Time Needed:
30 minutes

Standards Addressed:

  • mathematics standard 2: understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of numbers.
    • benchmark # 1: understand that numerals are symbols used to represent quantities of real world objects.
    •  benchmark # 2: count whole numbers.
    • benchmark # 4: understand basic whole number relationships (e.g., 4 is less than 10, 6 is greater than 2).
  • mathematics standard 6: understand and apply basic and advanced concepts of statistics and data analysis.
    • benchmark # 1: collects and represents information about objects or events in simple graphs.
    • benchmark # 2: collect data from everyday (real-world) situations.
  • technology standard 3: understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
    • benchmark # 3: know that man-made materials, products, and systems can affect the environment adversely, yet there are things that can be done to circumvent this process (e.g., car pooling, hybrid cars, walking).
  • geography standard 14: understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
    • benchmark # 1: know how people affect the environment in negative (e.g., air pollution) and positive (e.g., using alternative forms of energy) ways.
  • health standard 2: know environmental and external factors that affect individual and community health.
    • benchmark # 1: know the sources and causes of pollution in the community.

Materials Needed:

  • copies of the air pollution activity page
  • cut outs or drawings of the four types of vehicles: car, truck, bus, airplane
  • chart paper
Lesson Documents:

Science Topics
Atmospheric Sciences, Fossil Fuels, Pollution
Math Topics
Functions & Graphs, Inequalities, Number Values & Counting
K-6, Educator
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade
Descriptions of PDFs

* Air Pollution Math Worksheet
* Air Pollution Math Lesson Plan
* Air Pollution Activity Page

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