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Air Pollution, Public Health


6th, 7th, 8th




50 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey


Google Docs, Google Slides


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How's Your Atmosphere?

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Apr 13, 2024
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In this lesson, students discuss what they know about air quality, play a game to facilitate understanding of air quality, and create an action plan to inspire solutions in their community.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students spend some time wondering and writing about air quality, climate change, and health.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students play a classroom game called “How’s Your Atmosphere?” and create an action plan to be presented next class and shared with others.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students participate in a class discussion about personal actions to address air quality.

Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • This lesson utilizes student choice, active listening, and active participation.
  • The How’s Your Atmosphere game is engaging, and the Game Cards give specific examples of everyday actions that can have a positive or negative impact on air quality.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers should know how to use the resources Padlet or Jamboard.
  • Teachers should know how to facilitate a Socratic seminar style discussion.


  • Movement is encouraged but not required for this game.
  • Students in class who need support can be paired or grouped with others who can assist and give guidance.
Scientist Notes

In this lesson, students will learn about air quality and air pollution and its impacts on the human body. They will also discuss some of the causes of air pollution and think about ways they can make changes in their life to reduce the air pollution footprint. The resources on air quality all cite where they are getting their data from. Videos and links have been reviewed for accuracy. This resource is recommended for teaching.


Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

Discover more on the New Jersey Climate Education Hub.
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