Air Quality

Air Pollution







Animal Tracks®, a classroom education program of the National Wildlife Federation, provides ready-to-download classroom activities focused on air, habitat, wildlife and endangered species, people and the environment, and water.

The Awful Eight (Gr. 4-8)
Put on a play about eight major air pollutants.

Teacher Background Information


Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) Air Quality Lesson Plans are designed to provide educators who teach kindergarten through 12th grade with the background, activities and resources to teach the subject of air quality in the classroom.

Let's Catch Some Dirt from the Air (Gr. K)
Students will try to discover if there is dirt in the air

Particulate Matter: The Lorax (Gr. K)
The student will check the air for visible pollutants.

Air: You Can't See It, But It's There! (Gr. 1)
The students will be able to state that air occupies space by performing experiments that show this principle.

Air Quality and Transportation (Gr. 2)
The student will learn about air pollution and the effects it has on our Earth.

Conserving Electricity: Turn It Off! (Gr. 2)
The student will understand why saving energy helps stop air pollution

Plants & Oxygen Lesson (Gr. 2)
The student will understand that trees and plants produce a lot of the oxygen we breathe.

Wump World Activities (Gr. 2)
The students will help the environment by conducting an activity in which plants are used to help reduce air pollution

The Rubber Band Air Test Lesson (Gr. 2-4 )
The student will determine if the air in the community is polluted.

The Day The Air Pollution Gremlins Came To Town Lesson (Gr. 3)
The students will be able to present a play about air pollution and its causes.

Air Pollution: Visible and Invisible Lesson (Gr. 4)
The student will test for visible and invisible pollutants in the air. and keep a journal of experimental procedures, results, and conclusions.

Particulate Matter: How Dirty is the Air We Breathe? (Gr. 4)
Students will collect and study pollution from the air.

Air Terms: The Flash Card Game (Gr. 5)
Students will learn terms regarding air quality.

Air Pressure Lesson (Gr. 6)
The student will be able to identify air pressure and how it affects objects.

Temperature Inversion (Gr. 6)
Students will demonstrate a temperature inversion and observe how pollutants react in this situation.

Air Pollution Control Lesson (Gr. 6-8)
The student will be able to distinguish between an electrostatic precipitator and a wet scrubber and the principles behind the operation of these control techniques

The Awful 8 Lesson: A Play (Gr. 6-8)
The students will be able to list major air pollutants, what causes them, and their effects on people and the environment.

The Path of Pollution (Gr. 7-8)
Students will follow the path of pollution from the Chernobyl accident.

Temperature Inversion (Gr. 8)
The student will describe how a temperature inversion occurs and name two primary sources of air pollutants that can become trapped in a temperature inversion

Teacher Background

Acid Rain Information, Activities and Data

Air Pollution Emissions Information, Activities and Data

Carbon Monoxide Information, Activities and Data

Lead Information, Activities and Data

Particulate Information, Activities and Data


US Geological Survey Learning Web is designed to help teach the world of Earth Science. These activities have been developed to meet national Earth Science curriculum standards and have been tested and reviewed by teachers and students alike.

Change and Cycles (Gr. 4-6)
Many substances dispersed in air or water are measured in parts per million. Some of these substances are colorless, odorless, and tasteless, yet even in small quantities they can be toxic.

Teachers Guide
Much of the change takes place on Earth is part of natural cycles. Human activity, however, can also cause environmental changes. The following activities are presented to assist in teaching these concepts of Global Change.