Air Quality Health Index Classroom Kit – Grades 5 and 6 (Book II: Environment)
- Quick Reference Guide
- 1. Plug it in? Breathe it in! The environmental impacts of producing electricity
- Introducing the Clean Air Heroes
- Rotating Placement
- Sticky Concept Maps
- A. What happens when we extract, process, and burn fossil fuels to generate electricity?
- B. Particulate Matter
- C. Ground-Level Ozone
- D. Air Quality Health Index
- E. Electricity from Natural Resources
- Comic Strip Assignment
- Enrichment Activities
- 2. Air quality and the environment
- Hands Up
- A. Cut Down on Fossil Fuels
- B. Choose Renewable Sources
- C. Use Less Electricity
- D. Avoid Burning
- E. Think Renewable
- Enrichment Activity
- Zap It! Answers
- National curriculum outcomes or expectations
This lesson uses comic strips, rotating placemats, and sticky concept maps to teach students about how electricity connects to air quality. Topics include Air Quality Health Index (AQHI), renewable and non-renewable resources, emerging technologies, air pollution, and fossil fuels.
Project Management: Chantal Duhaime (Outreach Officer; Health and Air Quality Forecast Services)
A special thanks is extended to the teachers, students, and reviewers throughout Canada who provided feedback. Also to Ian Khan, Meteorologist at Environment Canada Atlantic, Halifax, N.S., for his technical expertise.
This lesson plan is an adapted version of the original.
BC Ministry of Environment, BC Transit, and Environment Canada. (2005). A Teacher's Guide to Clean Air.
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