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3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Social Studies, Civics, Justice, Health

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North America, United States


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"Why Is Coco Orange?" [Video]

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  • This is a video read aloud of the story about a chameleon with asthma who learns about the EPA's Air Quality Index and how he can stay safe when there is poor air quality.
Teaching Tips


  • This video helps young children understand the implications of air pollution.
  • The story is accompanied by captivating and colorful pictures.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Assumes prior fundamental knowledge of air pollution.


  • Challenge the students to identify some environmental asthma triggers commonly found on school premises and suggest possible solutions.
  • Students can read a digital version of this book here.
Scientist Notes

The video outlines how to stay healthy even when air quality is polluted. This story will enlighten students to take collective actions in reducing air pollution. The air quality chart is also appropriate for students to practice. This is recommended for teaching.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.3-5 Explain why environmental characteristics vary among different world regions.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.3-5 Draw on disciplinary concepts to explain the challenges people have faced and opportunities they have created, in addressing local, regional, and global problems at various times and places.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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