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Pollution: Human Impacts on Our Environment

Pollution Solution Classroom Activities

Grades K-3 Water Quality

Objective

Students will learn how water can be purified.

Materials

Newspaper, 2-liter soft drink bottles, scissors, tape, filtering materials: cotton, sand, gravel, paper towels, wire, screening, coffee filters; muddy water, plastic cups, rubber bands, crayons or markers and paper.

Vocabulary

Water treatment plant, purification, pollution

Procedures

  1. Discuss how water becomes unsafe to drink and harmful to fish and other aquatic animals. Explain the process of how water is cleaned for drinking water.
  2. Cover table tops with newspaper.
  3. Organize students into pairs. Each pair gets a 2-liter bottle cut in half.
  4. Instruct the students to create a funnel by placing the top of the bottle upside down and rest it in the bottom half of the bottle. Have the groups try two different filtering materials. Record the color of the water and have them rate which filter worked better.
  5. Have students pour off the water in between each test or save first test in a clear plastic cup.

Conclusions

Students should answer questions and discuss their results: Does the water look clear after it was filtered? What was left on the filter? Which filter method worked better? How can you improve your filter? How can we have cleaner water besides removing what is polluting it.

Time

One class period

Extension

Discuss the water cycles and how water becomes polluted.

Grades 4-6: Air Quality

Objective

Students will learn the areas in and around their school where air pollution is present.

Materials

Large index cards, scotch tape, markers, microscope or hand lens.

Vocabulary

Air pollution, carbon dioxide

Procedures

  1. As a class, list actions that may create air pollution on the board.
  2. Choose air quality test areas in and around the school such as near doors, heaters, parking lots etc...
  3. Create air pollution test cards by folding a large index card in half, in a shape of an L. Apply tape sticky side out to each card and label the card with date and location. Tape or tack each card in its location, so the tape side is parallel with the ground. Leave for 48-72 hours.
  4. Compare tape under magnifying glass or microscope.

Conclusion

  • Rank the locations of the cards based on how brown is the tape. The darker color or more covered in particles means more dust and other particulate matter present in the air.
  • Discuss what contributed to the amount of dust, dirt or particles on the tape?

Time

One week

Extension

Brainstorm how the students can prevent air pollution at school and home.

Grades 7-12 Hazards at Home

Objective

Students will learn which common household products are harmful to the environment and human health.

Materials

Library research materials, common household product labels.

Procedures

  1. Create of list of common products used at home for cleaning, home repairs, etc... Note any obvious products that are harmful to human or animal health.
  2. Share several common products’ warning labels with the students.
  3. Have students survey their homes for hazardous products. Student will record information on a chart including product name, ingredients, location found, storage requirements, warnings and disposal requirements.

Conclusion

Students will report findings to class.

Time

Two class periods and overnight assignment.

Extension

Students can research products that are environmentally friendly, which can substitute for the hazardous products. Give students the Green Teen Survival Guide.

Web Resources

Lessons have been adapted from: Reduce, Reuse Recycle, Sandra Ford Grove and Dr. Judi Hecktman, Creative Teaching Press, 1996; Super Savers Investigators, ODNR, DRLP, 1995; Investigating Solid Waste Issues, David Landis ODNR, DRLP, 1994. Keep Middletown Beautiful, Activity Guide Pre-K to 3 grade, Lynn Getter, 2000.       

Calendar of Events


Ongoing
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
City Service Departments

April 1-30, 2014
Recycle Your Computer Month
City Service Departments

April 18, 2014
Scrap Tire Collection bids due

April 22, 2014
Happy Earth Day!

April 23, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus

April 24, 2014
Waste & Recycling $ense for Business seminar

April 26, 2014
DEA Drug Disposal Event
Local law enforcement

April 24, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus

April 29, 2014
Compost Seminar & Bin Sale
Parma Heights


  

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