The Center for the Environment at Catawba College has developed a special program within this overall "no idling" toolkit so that teachers can access free lesson plans and activities on air quality that meet several competency goals set by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in science, math and language arts. While designed specifically for the seventh grade, the lesson plan activities can be used also for sixth and eighth grades, and can be adapted for the upper elementary grades and high school. These lessons can be used either within the classroom setting or for extracurricular clubs, "green teams" or for class projects.
Some of these lessons are also ideal for other learning environments, such as for faith-based schools, scout troops, libraries or parks & recreation sessions, etc.
Stage 1 - The Undercover Count
Activity 1) Read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss
Activity 2) Layers of the Atmosphere
This lesson was inspired by Marcia Krech. More information on her work is available here.
Activity 3) To Touch or Not To Touch
Activity 6) Scientific Investigation
Out of the following:
Tape Cards (coming soon)
Labquest Pro (coming soon)
Activity 7) Watch “The Lorax”
Stage 2- The Kickoff and Media Blitz
Activity 1) Air Quality Codes Craft
Activity 2) Undercover Math
Activity 3) Breathing Challenge
Activity 4) Silver City Town Hall Meeting
Stage 3 - Data Collection and Interaction with Drivers
Activity 1) Clean Air Game
Activity 2) Preview “The Aweful Eight” Play
Activity 3) Play “Air Quality Jeopardy”
Activity 4) Post Math